Traumatic Brain Injury

TBI Victims Deserve Lifelong Compensation

by Staff Blogger | October 11th, 2018

The brain is the most important organ in the body. It’s the seat of consciousness and controls both a person’s intellect and his or her personality. When it gets damaged due to an accident, violence, or a disease, it can forever change a victim’s life.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers know how devastating traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are for both victims and their families. Moderate to severe TBIs can cause immediate, profound, and often permanent disabilities in victims, making it difficult or even impossible for them to live independently.

But new research proves that even relatively minor TBIs can have long-lasting impacts on victims. Simply put: any incident that damages the brain can be potentially devastating both in the short term and long term for victims.

TBI victims can file claims against persons or parties who cause them to suffer cognitive disabilities for a variety of damages, such as:

  • Medical bills—People with TBIs often need immediate and critical medical attention, as TBIs can be fatal if they aren’t treated. Victims may require brain surgery, prolonged hospital visits, and rehabilitation to regain some of their independence and motor skills.
  • Lost wages—TBI victims are frequently left permanently disabled, and that means they can no longer receive the paychecks their families depend on. Even victims who have disability insurance may receive only a fraction of the money they used to earn.
  • Pain and suffering—TBIs can make it impossible to enjoy certain parts of life that previously brought victims joy. In addition, victims also frequently suffer from physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and sensitivity to light and noise.

We’re here to help you or your loved one get the money you deserve after your TBI. Call today for a free consultation.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer after a Traumatic Brain Injury?

by Staff Blogger | August 2nd, 2018

Brain injuries can affect every part of your life. They can affect your ability to get out of bed and dress yourself, your ability to work and earn a living for your family, and even your ability to communicate with your loved ones.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve seen firsthand how devastating brain injuries are for victims and their families. When traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) cause victims to lose their independence or make them rely on in-home nurses and healthcare aides, the expenses can be enormous and more than many families can afford.

That’s why it’s our goal to help victims and their loved ones get the compensation they deserve after such profound injuries. When you call our team of Roanoke brain injury lawyers, it’s our goal to help you by taking the following steps:

  • We’ll calculate how much the TBI will cost your family. Our lawyers won’t just fight to get you the money you deserve today—we’ll fight to get you the money you deserve in the future, too. That includes current and future lost wages and medical bills.
  • We’ll negotiate with the insurance company. Insurance companies are in business to make big profits, and that means they’re always looking to pay as little as possible to claimants. We know their tricks, and we won’t give up until we get an offer that’s fair for you.

TBIs are serious injuries that can have serious consequences on your family’s future. Get the experienced legal representation you deserve to maximize your chances of receiving full compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect Victims?

by Staff Blogger | May 31st, 2018

When an accident or injury causes damage to a bodily organ, the consequences can be severe and even life-threatening. But some organs have regenerative capabilities or the option of transplantation in the event of serious illness or injury.

The exception to that rule is the brain. When parts of the brain are damaged during accidents or due to illnesses, victims may not experience significant healing or recovery. That means traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have profound and lifelong effects on victims.

Some of the most common ways that TBIs affect victims include:

  • Cognitive and personality changes—TBI victims may experience a reduction in their cognitive abilities. They also may experience changes in personality, and their general dispositions may change dramatically. Some victims may experience significant depression and anxiety after their injuries.
  • Reduction in fine motor skills—TBI victims also may find it difficult to complete tasks that were previously easy for them, including driving, getting dressed, eating, and walking. That can make it impossible for some victims to hold down jobs or even live independently due to their newfound disabilities.

When TBIs are severe, victims may require around-the-clock supervision and assistance. That type of care can be expensive—especially when the victim is no longer able to work.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers help victims and their families recover the compensation they deserve after TBIs that were caused by another person’s or party’s negligence.

Get in touch with us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.

What Compensation Is Available for Brain Injury Victims?

by Staff Blogger | April 19th, 2018

Brain injuries affect entire families, and their repercussions can be felt for decades. People who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may lose some or all of their independence, and they may need frequent or constant assistance from family members or caregivers.

In addition to requiring expensive medical care, rehabilitation, and living assistance, TBI victims also may lose their ability to work. That means their loved ones often face financial struggles, as they may find it difficult to balance the costs of losing an income while needing to hire nurses or reduce their own working hours to act as caregivers.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers want to help victims and their families get compensation for everything they’ve gone through, including:

  • Medical bills—The medical costs associated with TBIs can feel overwhelming and never-ending. Patients often require lifelong care, and they may need around-the-clock help.
  • Lost wages—TBIs often disrupt or eliminate the possibility of working and succeeding in a job or career. That means victims and their families may lose out on decades of income and earnings.
  • Pain and suffering—TBIs have complications that are painful for both victims and their families. Changes in personality and cognition can change family dynamics and create challenging circumstances for everyone.

We know TBIs, and we know what it takes to win. Call today for a free consultation.

What Compensation Is Available for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims?

by Staff Blogger | February 8th, 2018

When organs are damaged via illness, injury, or other types of trauma, the effects can be devastating for victims. Even minor damage to vital organs can require corrective surgery, hospitalization, and even transplantation.

But the brain is slightly different. When brain damage occurs, the consequences can be permanent and far-reaching on victims’ lives. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be caused by everything from diseases and illnesses to accidents and acts of violence.

When people suffer TBIs, they may experience cognitive difficulties, changes in personality, and even the loss of their ability to live independently. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers help victims and their families recover compensation for things like:

  • Lost income – Many TBI victims are unable to return to their careers, while some are unable to work in any capacity, resulting in decades of lost pay and earning potential.
  • Medical bills – People who suffer TBIs often need extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and even in-home care from nurses and healthcare workers—all of which can be extremely expensive.
  • Pain and suffering – TBIs are difficult not only for victims, but also for their families. Because victims may need constant care and experience personality changes, their families often find it hard to cope with their new daily lives.

When TBIs occur because of other people’s or parties’ negligence, victims and their families can pursue claims for compensation. Our legal team knows what it takes to build strong TBI claims, and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you. Call today for a free consultation.

Occupations Associated With Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | January 11th, 2018

In recent decades, workplaces have become more focused on improving employee safety and well-being. Agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor have created regulations and guidelines to protect workers while they’re on the job, but serious and even life-threatening injuries still happen daily at workplaces across America.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most devastating workplace injuries, as they can leave victims unable to work and reliant on others for care and basic needs. TBIs are more likely to occur in some occupations than others, such as:

  • Construction – Construction workers are at a higher risk for TBIs than people in many other lines of work. Construction sites are full of heavy equipment and machinery, and workers can be seriously injured by falling objects—even when they’re wearing hard hats.
  • Roofing – Falls are a common cause of TBIs, and roofers are particularly at risk for that type of accident and injury. Unlike construction workers, roofers may not have scaffolding or catwalks to protect them, increasing their chances of falling long distances.
  • Driving – Truck drivers, bus drivers, cab drivers, and delivery drivers can suffer TBIs during traffic accidents. And because they’re on the road all day, their risks of being involved in serious crashes are much higher than people in other occupations.

The Roanoke brain injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm know that some workers are more prone to TBIs than others, but we’re here to help anyone who suffered a TBI due to another person’s negligence or carelessness.

Whether you or a loved one is the victim of a TBI, we want to build a claim on your behalf. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 31st, 2017

Although the brain is protected by the skull, it’s still a highly sensitive and delicate organ. When it gets damaged or injured due to an accident or illness, it can cause debilitating symptoms.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause people to suffer lifelong health problems and neurological effects, including reduced or lost cognitive abilities, chronic pain, amnesia, bowel and bladder control problems, and even paralysis. Many people who suffer TBIs are unable to go back to work, and some even need constant medical care and attention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that three of the most common causes of TBIs include:

  1. Car accidents – TBIs caused by auto accidents are often fatal and account for 17 percent of this type of injury. Car accidents generate huge amounts of force, which can result in a victim’s brain moving inside the skull, causing bleeding and severe damage.
  2. Falls – Slips, trips, and falls account for around 35 percent of TBIs. Among senior citizens 65 years old or older, they account for 62 percent of TBIs.
  3. Accidental blows to the head – Around 16 percent of TBIs are caused by victims striking their heads on objects or being struck by objects. Construction and industrial workers are particularly at risk, especially if they aren’t provided hard hats.

Even minor TBIs have the potential to change victims’ lives forever. If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of another person’s or party’s negligence, we want to hear from you.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury attorneys know how devastating TBIs can be—especially if they keep you from earning the paycheck you depend on. Our consultations are always free, and we’re here to speak with you 24/7.

Help for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

by Staff Blogger | August 4th, 2016

Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most devastating types of injuries you can sustain in an accident. The human body is capable of doing incredible things, all of which are made possible by the human brain. Powered by the nervous system, the brain is the vehicle by which we think, move, and communicate. When a traumatic event interrupts or stops the brain’s ability to provide those core competencies, it can be extremely hard to recover.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we understand just how a traumatic brain injury can change an individual and a family forever. Beyond the obvious cognitive limitations inherent with a serious brain injury, your loved one could suffer long-term effects as well, including:

  • blood clots
  • bowel and/or bladder problems
  • breathing problems
  • muscle spasms
  • pain
  • paralysis

Those conditions could require millions of dollars over a lifetime to treat, which is why securing an experienced attorney to handle your injury claim is so important. An experienced brain injury lawyer knows and understands what your loved one’s recovery will take and how to get you maximum compensation for their injuries. Your loved one deserves a second chance at life, and our attorneys are ready to work to make that a reality.

If someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our experienced Roanoke personal injury attorneys will protect your loved one’s right to compensation and fight for what they deserve.

Long-Term Costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

by Staff Blogger | April 7th, 2016

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a broad term encompassing several different types of brain-related injuries, though concussions are the most common. It’s important not to underestimate the impact these injuries can have on you long-term. It can take weeks or months to reveal the full extent of your injuries, which is why every TBI should be taken seriously.

Common complications caused by TBIs and spinal cord injuries include:

  • blood clots,
  • bowel and/or bladder problems,
  • breathing problems,
  • memory lapses,
  • loss of cognitive abilities,
  • muscle spasms,
  • pain,
  • and paralysis.

Those conditions require extensive medical treatment and care that can cost you thousands over your lifetime. When seeking compensation for your injuries, you must consider these long-term costs before signing anything the insurance company puts in front of you. Their main objective is to settle quickly for as little money as possible. Although a quick check might be appealing, taking the insurance company’s initial offer could put your family in a financial crisis down the road.

Don’t do it. Call an experienced lawyer instead. At Skolrood Law Firm, we have years of experience getting TBI victims fair compensation for their injuries. We’ll fight the insurance company to make sure your long-term interests are protected. Call today for a free consultation.

New Technology Could Help Identify Brain Injury Victims More Quickly

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2015

Studies have shown up to 33 percent of our nation’s armed forces returning from service overseas have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the line of duty. Research also indicates the sooner a TBI is treated, the faster the victim can fully recover. Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm say that’s why a new piece of technology is proving to be crucial on the front lines of combat.

Armed With Science reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an application that runs on Android devices that can be used to detect and measure brain activity. This is done by placing a headset with disposable sensors on the head of a person and connecting the device with the running application. The results, which are gathered in roughly 15 minutes, are then analyzed using an algorithm to determine if an injured soldier requires further care and testing away from the battlefield.

This new form of testing can give field medics more concrete data that can be used to diagnose an injured soldier, rather than simply depending on identifying potential symptoms of a TBI, which is how these injuries are traditionally diagnosed.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the significant impact this technology could have in the treatment of TBIs and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful to see its uses expand into other activities and jobs where the risk of TBI is high, such as professional sports.