Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries from minor cuts and bruises to brain injuries. Given Michigan’s complex no-fault insurance law, it is crucial for victims of catastrophic injuries to work with the right attorney to obtain compensation for pain and suffering and other losses. Miller & Tischler, P.C. has extensive experience representing clients who have sustained a catastrophic brain injury as a result of car and truck accidents. We are keenly aware that brain injuries can be life-altering, not only for the victim but for loved ones as well. Severe head and brain injuries can result in a loss of consciousness, paralysis and wrongful death, while some victims may require lifelong medical care, which can be an emotional and financial burden for all concerned.
Our experienced Michigan no-fault insurance attorneys have a well-earned reputation for providing our clients with informed representation and caring, efficient service. We know our way around the courtroom and have a proven track record of holding negligent drivers and their insurance carriers accountable. When you consult us, we will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is typically the result of a violent blow to the head or body that results in brain dysfunction, often arising in a car accident, motorcycle accident or truck accident. There are two types of traumatic brain injuries — closed TBIs and open TBIs. A closed TBI occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to impact against the skill, which can result in blood clots or swelling in the brain. By contrast, an open TBI involves a skull fracture that can result from a high-impact collision.
Additionally, TBIs are classified in the following categories:
- Mild TBI — One that results in a period of lost consciousness, confusion or disorientation which lasts less than 30 minutes
- Moderate TBI — A brain injury that results in a longer period of unconsciousness (up to 6 hours), as well as a degree of memory loss
- Severe TBI — An injury that is accompanied by an extended period of unconsciousness or a comatose state and may result in significant cognitive impairment
Types of Brain Injuries
Common types of brain injuries include:
- Concussions — Caused by a blow to or violent shaking of the victim’s head
- Contusions — A blow to the head that results in bleeding or bruising
- Diffuse axonal Injury — A violent shaking back of the head or rotation of the head from side-to-side
- Penetration Injury — A sharp object (e.g. metal, glass or other debris from a vehicular collision) penetrates the skull
- Anoxic Brain Injury — Deprivation of oxygen to the brain
- Hypoxic Brain Injury — A lack of oxygen which causes the brain to cease functioning
Symptoms and Treatment of TBIs
Brain injury symptoms range from mild to severe, including:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Vision problems including blurring and light sensitivity
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sleep and balance problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Irritability, anxiety, and depression
- Impaired judgment
The Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries can have lasting consequences. Victims can experience cognitive impairments (e.g. memory loss), weakness in the arms and legs, loss of balance and coordination, as well as hearing or vision loss. Some victims may also experience personality changes or be left with impaired social skills, while others may be unable to perform the work they used to do, lose their ability to concentrate, or experience mood swings and depression.
Brain injury victims may require rehabilitation to relearn basic skills such as walking or talking. Those who are severely injured may not be able to care for themselves and may need assistance with basic daily functions such as dressing, eating and bathing, also requiring prolonged medical treatment, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
Contact Our Michigan Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, our legal team will file a third-party claim on your behalf. Under Michigan’s no-fault law, a third-party claim, which involves filing a lawsuit against the other driver and his/her insurer, allows you to seek compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses. We believe that no one should be forced to suffer a brain injury due to the negligence of another party and will see to it that you receive the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve. Above all, we will offer you knowledge, compassion, and personal attention. Please contact our office today for a free consultation. At Miller & Tischler, you don’t pay us until we recover for you.