Bozeman Brain Injury Lawyer

The brain is a delicate part of the body. Whether moderate or severe, any potential damage to the brain can lead to debilitating changes and impairment of a victim’s memory. Brain injuries can be particularly difficult given the challenge of proving internal damages and the timeliness required to appropriately diagnose brain injuries, especially when the damage is not immediately obvious.

Most brain injuries lead to devastating effects that are forever life-altering. The brain is the centerpiece organ of the human that can affect bodily functions, emotional mood, and the mind’s consciousness. The majority of specialists agree that there is no such thing as a “minor” brain injury.

If you have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another, we advise you to pursue the compensation that you or your loved ones may need to deal with the impact the injury will have on your life. At Beck, Amsden & Stalpes, our experienced Bozeman brain injury attorneys will fight to get you what you deserve. A negligent party, whether your employer or a stranger, should be held accountable for the impact the injury will have on your future. Contact us today for your free consultation so that you may find peace and solace in a just decision.

What is a Brain Injury?

Anything that harms the brain is considered a brain injury. Brain injuries are classified into two categories: brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries. The first category covers all the general ways that a brain injury might occur outside of a traumatic brain injury. Some examples include poisoning, drug use, and potentially some neural genetic disorders or side effects of other conditions.

Traumatic Brain Injuries are more commonly known as TBIs. TBIs are physical injuries caused by an external force. This type of personal injury is often the more violent type. Traumatic brain injuries are the most commonly seen brain injury lawsuits brought given the complexity of the injury and the more relative ease at being able to point to causation. TBIs typically happen when the head violently impacts another object or when the head is involved in a collision with another force.

The Prevalence of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be caused by various factors. Some are inherent such as ailments or genetic disorders. Others are more external, such as vehicular accidents. Given the wide variety, brain injury statistics may vary depending on the source.

Montana is cited as having up to the third-highest rate of fatal brain injuries in the country with the primary cause being due to vehicular accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 1.3 million ER visits and 275,000 hospital stays annually as a result of brain injury. Brain injuries are deemed a severe public health issue by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Example Causes of Brain Injuries

  • Falls and Slips: A person who falls and hits their head could sustain brain damage. Severe traumatic brain injuries can occur when someone falls from a large height (including ladders, scaffolding, or stairs) or slips on the floor due to a hazard.
  • Vehicular Accidents: Vehicle accidents are a significant cause of brain injuries. Any car accident can result in a person hitting their head, but incidents with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders also have a heightened risk of the victim suffering a traumatic brain injury.
  • Assault and Abuse: Traumatic brain injuries can also be caused by violent events leading to brain damage. These include gunshot wounds, child abuse, domestic violence, bar fights, and other assaults.
  • Explosions: Military personnel frequently sustain brain injuries from explosive blasts, but explosions can also happen in a variety of unexpected ways. This includes explosions brought on by highly sensitive machinery at work and faulty products used at home.

Some other causes of traumatic brain accidents may include:

Surgery, rehabilitation, and therapy from a psychologist experienced in severe trauma may all be used as treatments for traumatic brain injury. Both the victims and their relatives may suffer greatly as a result of brain injuries. The victim may undergo profound personality changes as a result of the injury or suffer from severe depression, and recovery can be delayed and challenging.

Classification of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are a leading cause of mortality and disability in the United States. A rapid, severe impact, knock, or shock to the head that impairs the brain’s normal function frequently results in this kind of serious injury. Brain Injuries can be classified according to the following scheme:

  • Mild: A mild brain injury can cause a temporary alteration in awareness or mental state. Headaches, vertigo, eye issues, difficulties balancing, and difficulty keeping attention are just a few of the possible side effects.
  • Moderate: A person with a moderate Brain Injury frequently exhibits “laziness” or sluggishness and can only tolerate little visual stimulation.
  • Severe or Fatal: An extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss following a severe traumatic brain injury is typical for victims in a coma-like condition.

Potential Recovery in a Brain Injury Case

Determining who is at fault in a brain injury case can be an arduous process. More than one party may be at fault for an injury, and the burden falls upon the victim to prove that the opposing party should be responsible for the incurred injuries. The plaintiff must demonstrate that the carelessness or negligence of the defendant was the cause of the injury that occurred.

Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating and lead to severe injuries that may forever alter a victim’s life. Maximum recovery is often pursued for these cases, with potential categories of recovery including (but not limited to):

  • Medical costs (such as immediate emergency treatments, ongoing doctor and hospital visits, surgeries, medications/prescriptions, caretaker fees, continual treatments, and diagnostic examinations)
  • Lost income (Both past and Future)
  • Decreased earning ability
  • Distress and suffering
  • Emotional and mental anguish
  • Assistive technology (like a wheelchair or modifications to the home)

Contact Our Bozeman Brain Injury Attorneys Today

The pursuit of brain damage cases is frequently expensive with lengthy recuperation periods requiring intensive medical care. Negligent parties must be held responsible for such a life-altering event that may forever affect you and your loved ones. At Beck, Amsden & Stalpes, our qualified Bozeman brain injury lawyers will thoroughly review your case to put you in the best position for success. Contact us today to get the compensation that you deserve.