Louisiana Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are among the most serious and catastrophic of all injuries. Victims often experience significant impairments that affect their ability to function at work and in everyday life. Often, their family members face numerous challenges as well, from changing their work schedules to accommodate newly lost income to hiring in-home caregivers to altering their lives to care for their loved one.
If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury, the future can seem incredibly uncertain. But with Jones & Hill by your side, you can feel confident knowing that your rights will be protected. For more than 35 years, our Louisiana brain injury lawyers have been helping severely injured victims fight for fair compensation when they were harmed because of the negligent or wrongful conduct of another. We strive to make our communities better, safer places by holding negligent parties accountable and protecting the best interests of ordinary individuals against major insurance companies.
We encourage you to reach out to us today at (318) 707-0515 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team. We have multiple offices and can travel to you!
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are many types of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but they are generally classified into two categories: open-head and closed-head injuries. An open-head injury is one in which the head—the skull or scalp—itself is injured, resulting in an open wound. A closed-head injury, on the other hand, is one in which the brain is damaged without external damage to the head. While both open-head and closed-head injuries can be extremely serious, closed-head brain injuries are often more difficult to detect, diagnose, and treat, meaning they pose a significant risk to victims.
Some examples of closed-head brain injuries include:
- Brain Contusions: A contusion is simply the medical term for a bruise. A brain contusion, therefore, is a bruise that forms on the brain, often in conjunction with additional head or brain trauma. While most brain contusions are mild and heal fully on their own, others may require surgical removal.
- Concussions: Concussions are considered “mild” brain injuries, but they can range in severity and may even result in significant, lasting brain damage. Concussions are serious brain injuries resulting from severe blows to the head caused by falls, being struck by objects, blunt force trauma, and other related impacts.
- Coup-Contrecoup: A coup-contrecoup injury is one in which an outside object or force causes the brain to move violently within the skull, resulting in two points of injury: one where the outside object contacted the head and one where the brain hit the opposing inside of the skull. These are serious injuries that often require immediate emergency medical attention.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: A diffuse axonal injury occurs when violent twisting or shaking motions of the head cause microscopic tears (referred to as “shearing”) in the connections within the brain. These tears can be very small or relatively large, but they nearly always lead to devastating brain damage and, in the most severe cases, death.
Some examples of closed-head brain injuries include:
- Skull Fractures: A skull fracture occurs when the boney exterior of the head (the skull) breaks. In some cases, pieces of the skull may cause physical damage to the brain; in other instances, a skull fracture can lead to severe hemorrhaging, leaking of fluids, infection, and other serious, life-threatening complications.
- Penetrating Injuries: A penetrating brain injury is one in which an outside object penetrates the skull/scalp and pierces the brain. Penetrating brain injuries are considered medical emergencies and often lead to death without immediate medical attention. They are commonly caused by violent acts, such as gunshot wounds, as well as catastrophic accidents.
Regardless of the type of brain injury you or a loved one has suffered, the team at Jones & Hill can help. With over 35 years of experience, our firm has earned a reputation for providing our clients with attentive, personalized legal counsel and aggressive strategies tailored to their unique needs. Our Louisiana traumatic brain injury attorneys are happy to answer your questions and address your concerns during a free consultation, either in our office or at your home/in the hospital.
What Are the Leading Causes of Brain Injury?
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, and collisions with large trucks and commercial vehicles
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles
- Falls, including workplace falls, falls from heights/to lower levels, and slip and fall accidents
- Sports- and recreation-related accidents, including boating accidents, diving into shallow water, swimming pool accidents, and ATV wrecks
- Criminal activity and violence, including assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and more
- Military-related traumatic events, such as explosive blasts, gunfire, and combat
- Medical malpractice and negligence, including birth injuries
- Agricultural accidents, offshore accidents, and other work-related accidents
While some TBIs are truly unavoidable, most are preventable and occur only because another person or party acted negligently, recklessly, or wrongfully. When this is the case, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim.
How to Tell If You Have a Personal Injury Case
Most personal injury claims in Louisiana are brought on the grounds of negligence. This includes cases involving traumatic brain injuries.
To bring a claim based on negligence, you must prove the following:
- The defendant (the party against whom you are bringing the claim) owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a legal responsibility to act reasonably to prevent you from being injured
- The defendant violated or breached the duty of care, typically by acting negligently, recklessly, wrongfully, or intentionally
- You were injured and suffered measurable economic and/or non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering
- The defendant’s negligent or wrongful actions (through act or omission) were the direct or proximate cause of your injuries and damages
Our attorneys at Jones & Hill can assist you in proving your case and demonstrating how the defendant’s conduct caused your or your loved one’s brain injury. By building a powerful case based on exhaustive investigation and evidence, we can identify the liable party and seek fair compensation for your current and future losses.
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At Jones & Hill, we strive to help our clients get back on their feet after serious injuries. We know that no amount of money can undo the pain and suffering you have endured or the many challenges that lay ahead. But we also know that a fair settlement or jury verdict can provide the critical financial resources you need to heal.
Our Louisiana brain injury lawyers fight for maximum compensation for every client. We provide compassionate representation because we truly care about our clients; when you choose our firm, you will be treated like a member of our family and given the attention, care, and support you need. We have multiple offices and serve clients in Lake Charles, Alexandria, Oakdale, Oberlin, and the entire state of Louisiana.