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Denver Brain Injury Attorney

If you or your loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury through the negligence or wrongdoing of another, contact The Fang Law Firm today. Our Denver brain injury lawyers have dedicated our practice to helping injured people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the U.S., 153 people die from injuries that include traumatic brain injury (TBI). For those who survive, severe TBI can have lifelong debilitating consequences.

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Why Choose Us?

  • To assist our clients in the best way possible, our Denver brain injury attorneys tailor our cases to suit each client’s unique needs.
  • We have over a decade of experience litigating more than 10,000 combined cases with proven results.
  • Our success rate is 98%.
  • We operate on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay us no legal fees until we settle or win your case.

Why You Need a Brain Injury Attorney

Victims of TBI may experience memory lapses and poor concentration, and recovery is unpredictable. TBI cases involve complex legal and medical issues. Our experienced Denver brain injury attorneys will act in your best interests at all times, deal with insurance companies on your behalf, and vigorously pursue full compensation for your injuries.

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

As defined by CDC, traumatic brain injury is a disruption of the brain caused by a blow, jolt, or bump to the head, or by a penetrating head injury. Effects of TBI can vary widely. With mild TBI, the victim may experience a brief change in mental status or consciousness for a few days. However, severe traumatic brain injury can cause debilitating effects that last a lifetime, including impairment of:

  • Memory or thinking
  • Sensation (vision or hearing)
  • Emotional functioning (personality changes, depression)

The prognosis for a patient with a brain injury will depend on factors such as the part of the brain injured, the extent of the damage and the health of the patient. Each patient will heal differently from a brain injury. Many say minor brain injuries do not exist. At Fang Law Firm, we agree; we believe every brain injury victim should have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party. Even a minor brain injury could be life changing.

Recoverable Damages for a Brain Injury

Brain injuries can be devastating for a survivor and his or her loved ones. A significant brain injury could change everything, from how a patient walks and talks to the jobs he or she can perform. A serious brain injury can cause irreparable physical and emotional damages. It can also cost thousands of dollars in medical expenses. In Colorado, the civil courts allow a brain injury survivor to file a claim for three main categories of damages against an at-fault party.

Economic Damages

Economic damages can encompass all out-of-pocket costs the victim suffered because of the TBI, including medical expenses, rehabilitation, surgeries, live-in care, medical equipment, medications, lost wages, lost earning capacity, property damage repairs, funeral/burial costs for wrongful death and legal fees.

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages refer to the intangible losses a brain injury victim or family members could suffer. The nature of a brain injury can lead to many noneconomic damages, such as emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of consortium, lost quality of life, diminished enjoyment of life and psychological trauma.

Punitive Damages

Severe brain injury cases that involve another person’s gross negligence or intent to harm may also result in punitive damages, or additional compensation to punish the defendant. It will be up to a judge to determine whether you should receive punitive damages for your TBI.

The value of your brain injury claim will depend on many factors, including the severity of the injury and the actions of the defendant. In general, however, if you have a major traumatic brain injury with catastrophic effects, you will be eligible to receive more compensation than with a minor brain injury, such as a concussion. Your Denver personal injury attorney can help you fight for the highest compensation award possible using proven legal strategies in Colorado.

Who Is Liable?

One of the main questions your lawyer will try to answer is who could be liable for your traumatic brain injury. Proving liability is something you may need assistance with from an experienced brain injury attorney. A law firm can investigate your recent accident for signs of wrongdoing or negligence, such as a lack of proper security at a business or improper coaching at a school sports team. One or more parties in Colorado may owe you compensation for your medical expenses and other losses if they breached a duty of care owed to you.

  • A criminal
  • A driver
  • A doctor
  • A property owner
  • A business owner
  • A sports coach
  • A school
  • A product manufacturer
  • An employer
  • The city or state

An individual and/or entity may be responsible for causing your serious brain injury or a loved one’s wrongful death. The attorneys at the Fang Law Firm know how to analyze the facts of a case to determine fault for a fall, car accident, sporting accident or another incident. The defendant may not be the obvious choice. As the victim of physical assault, for example, you may have a case not only against the attacker but also the property owner for failing to reasonably prevent the attack. Work with our lawyers to determine fault for your TBI.

Brain Injury Symptoms

After a bump to the head, watch for potential signs of a brain injury. A brain injury may not look how you think it does. Brain injuries are not always obvious and may not always involve headaches or skull fractures. While some TBIs may make the victim lose consciousness, others will not. If you notice anything unusual after an accident that involved a blow to the head, including emotional changes or behavioral problems in a child, see a doctor for a brain scan. Every patient is unique. One person’s brain injury symptoms may or may not match another’s.

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Convulsions/seizures

More serious TBIs may also result in symptoms such as clear fluids oozing from the nose or coma. Many brain injury cases involve delayed signs and symptoms. Do not assume that if you do not notice symptoms right away, you do not have a brain injury; there are many types of brain injuries. As your brain continues to quietly bleed or swell, symptoms could worsen or abruptly arise. Watch for symptoms days or even weeks following your head injury. It is wise to always go to a hospital after hitting your head, even if you do not notice any immediate symptoms of a brain injury. A doctor may be able to diagnose a hidden TBI in time to intervene and treat before you experience a secondary brain injury.

TBI Statistics

TBIs occur at surprising rates. Around the world, millions of patients end up with traumatic brain injuries each year. Some never recover, while others suffer lifelong disabilities. If you are a brain injury survivor or a loved one of someone with a TBI in Colorado, you are not alone. As reported by CDC:

  • TBI contributes to approximately 30% of all injury deaths.
  • Approximately 2.8 million TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the U.S. in a recent year.
  • TBI, alone or in combination with other injuries, was a diagnosis in more than 2.5 million emergency room visits and 282,000 hospitalizations.
  • TBI was a factor in the deaths of nearly 50,000 people.
  • An estimated 329,290 children ages 19 and younger were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for sports and recreation injuries that included TBI.

At Fang Law Firm, we do not view our clients as statistics. Our brain injury lawyers focus on the individual and how we can help his or her unique cause. We track the most recent brain injury data, however, to increase our understanding of this issue and to spread awareness within our community. Preventing a traumatic brain injury is always better than trying to cure one.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Recognizing what caused your TBI is one of the first steps toward demanding compensation from the at-fault party. Many different incidents that compromise the skull or brain could cause a TBI. Certain types of accidents are more likely to cause TBIs than others, however. According to CDC statistics, the leading causes of traumatic brain injury are:

  • Falls: This is the leading cause of TBI. Falls are common in the construction industry. OSHA reports that out of 991 total deaths in private industry construction in 2016, 384 were caused by falls. Slip and fall accidents due to hazards on someone else’s property can also cause traumatic brain injury.
  • Being struck by or against an object: CDC reports that more than one in five TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths among children under the age of 15 results from being struck by or against an object. This is the second leading cause of TBI.
  • Motor vehicle crashes: Among all age groups, traffic crashes are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injury. TBI can occur in any type of traffic crash; however, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to this type of injury.

Brain injuries can also stem from sports incidents. Diving accidents could cause a swimmer to hit his or her head on the bottom of the pool, while sports with balls put players at risk of head and brain injuries from flying objects. Another common cause is violence. Gunshot or stab wounds to the head could cause serious or fatal TBIs. At Fang Law Firm, we handle TBI cases of all types, severities and causes.

What to Do if You’ve Been Diagnosed With a TBI

Follow the Doctor’s Orders

After a physician in Colorado diagnoses you with traumatic brain injury, it is imperative to follow his or her orders exactly. Disobeying your doctor’s treatment plan could give an insurance company a reason to deny your injury claim. It could also hurt your prognosis for physical and cognitive recovery. Follow your doctor’s instructions for treatments, rest and medications. Keep a running record of all medical expenses related to your TBI, including hospital stays, doctor’s office visits, surgeries, medications and rehabilitation. Create a folder to keep track of all TBI-related documents for your brain injury lawyer.

Hire a Lawyer

While you focus on healing, hire a lawyer experienced with brain injury cases from Fang Law Firm to take care of your case on your behalf. An attorney will immediately start working on figuring out who caused your accident and why it happened. Working with a brain injury lawyer right away could protect you from common mistakes early on, such as failing to preserve important evidence or demanding less than your case is worth. A lawyer will know how to argue for the best possible compensation award based on the facts of your case.

Allow an attorney to fight for justice and compensation while you undergo rehabilitation and other treatments for your TBI. An attorney with experience handling brain injury claims can help you get to the bottom of who may be legally responsible for your damages.

Help Collect Information

In the meantime, gather as much information as you can about your case to show your lawyer. Collect accident reports, statements from witnesses, police reports, photographs, medical records and anything else you believe could help build your case.

Contact Our Firm

Traumatic brain injuries can have serious long-term personal and financial consequences. If you or your loved one has suffered TBI through the fault of another, contact The Fang Law Firm today. Our Denver brain injury attorneys are tough advocates for injured people.