Brain Injury

The Pfeifer Law Firm, in Little Rock, Arkansas, has experience handling many types of injury cases including traumatic brain injury. These cases often involve many considerations including medical evidence, accident liability, and dealing with insurance companies. Brain injuries can be the result of someone’s gross negligence. If this is the case, it is in the injured party's best interest to contact an attorney who understands these types of cases. Knowing your rights and amount of damages is extremely important before you agree to any settlement. Having an experienced Little Rock, Arkansas traumatic brain injury attorney on your side will ensure that no detail is overlooked, and that all avenues of compensation have been explored before settlement. We provide free consultations. We will answer any questions you have, and when you call you will speak directly with an attorney. Weekend and after-hour consultations are available by appointment. The call is free, and you won’t owe us anything unless we recover money for you.

Traumatic brain injuries can occur through any accident that results in a blow to the head and causes trauma to the brain. These include car accidents and other high-speed impacts, falls, sporting or boating accidents, swimming pool accidents, and even whiplash. Such accidents can be caused by a defective product, such as the safety features of an automobile, or through the careless or negligent actions of another person.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 5.3 million Americans who currently live with disabilities due to some type of brain injury. Most of these injuries are in the form of a concussion, and may or may not involve a loss of consciousness. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can include headaches, seizures, loss of consciousness, dizziness, blurred vision, memory problems, trouble with concentration, fatigue, unusual mood changes, confusion, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and disorientation. Symptoms can be subtle and may not seem serious at the time, or may not even occur immediately after the accident or injury, but may manifest themselves at a later time. This is why it is extremely important for accident victims to receive proper medical treatment and to undergo diagnostic testing when a brain injury is suspected. There are several technologies available today which doctors use to help diagnose a brain injury, including MRI, CT scan, a PET scan which uses computer technology to produce an image of the brain that allows doctors to use detailed brain images to locate which parts may be affected by an injury. It is imperative that victims of traumatic brain injuries are evaluated by neurologists who may detect even the most subtle symptoms which indicate an injury and who know what steps should be taken to treat such injuries. In our experience, it is important for the brain accident victim to be evaluated by a neuropsychologist to determine the extent of the brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries also often have long-term effects. Even mild injuries can cause long-term effects such as personality and behavioral changes, vision problems, and trouble with memory and concentration. Patients may find themselves having trouble at school or work, and family members may notice changes in the person's moods and personality, including irritability, mood swings, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and other problems. More serious effects include permanent disability due to loss of motor function, disfigurement, and problems with balance, which can be experienced as dizziness, vertigo, or vision problems. Such effects can be permanent and cause tremendous difficulties in a person's everyday life. About half of patients who suffer traumatic head injuries require some type of surgery, including repair of broken blood vessels in the head or brain, or even removal of damaged brain tissues. The most severe injuries can cause comas or recurring seizures that occur over the course of the patient's lifetime.

Diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries is costly. Patients need to be evaluated and treated by neurologists and other specialists to get an accurate diagnosis of their condition. This often involves close monitoring to see if any symptoms get worse or new ones develop. After the problem is discovered, the doctor will decide the best course of treatment for the patient. Treatments can include anti-seizure medication, surgery for removal of blood clots, and surgery to repair skull fractures caused by an accident. Ongoing treatment and therapy are imperative if the patient wants to return to their normal life. Brain accident victims may need the aid of psychiatrists, psychologist, occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists, and rehabilitation nurses. Also, they may require special equipment in their home to help with mobility, because loss of motor function is a common effect of brain injury. All of these treatments are costly, and victims and their families may find themselves unable to cope with these financial demands suddenly placed on them, especially if the injured person was the primary wage earner of the household. An experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer is there to help you through the emotional and financial burdens of such a traumatic accident.

If you or a family member has been the victim of such a traumatic brain injury, you need an experienced Arkansas brain injury lawyer to handle your case. We can help evaluate your situation to see if you may be able to receive compensation to help relieve the financial burden of treatment, as well as damages for pain and suffering and lost earnings due to disability. Call The Pfeifer Law Firm today for a free consultation at 501-374-4440 or contact us online.