Arkansas Brain Injury Lawyer
Serving Little Rock, Conway, Fayetteville & Hot Springs
The majority of fatal brain injury cases involve youth or elderly accident victims who sustain their injury in falls, motor vehicle crashes, or through intentional self-harm. Accident victims may be left with permanent disabilities that can severely affect every aspect of their lives.
At Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton, our traumatic brain injury attorneys offer compassionate, yet effective legal representation after a catastrophic accident. We know that your life has been turned upside down and that it may never truly be the same. That’s why we fight aggressively for our brain injury clients — to help them secure maximum compensation. Call us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case.
What is a Brain Injury?
A brain injury is any trauma to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. When the brain is traumatized, either through a direct blow to the head or to forces from a car accident, the brain can become injured. This injury can result in swelling inside the skull, leading to a variety of cognitive and physical symptoms, including:
- Permanent memory loss
- Mood swings, mental disorders and psychosis
- Impaired language skills
- Loss of motor control
- Loss of sensation in body extremities
- Difficulty processing or understanding simple tasks
- Increased risk of stroke or seizures
- Permanent loss of balance and coordination
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Increased risk of Alzheimer’s or other degenerative brain conditions
- Inability to perform daily care
- Inability to work or provide for your family
- Increased suicidal tendencies
- Ocular and visual disturbances
- Social isolation
If another person’s negligence has caused your brain injury, you have the right to seek compensation. In some cases, this means filing a lawsuit to recover damages, such as medical expenses, long-term care, and loss of wages. Brain injury lawsuits are extremely complex because victims are not always aware of how much their injury will affect their future. An experienced lawyer will need to investigate your accident, review your medical records, and speak with medical professionals and experts to determine how much compensation you will need throughout your life as you deal with your injury.
Elements of a Brain Injury Lawsuit
When filing a lawsuit, you will need to clearly establish negligence. To arrive at an accurate determination of how much money you will need to deal with your brain injury, your attorney will need to establish a few factors:
- The injury was caused by another person’s negligence
- The extent of your injury and severity of your symptoms
- The age at the time of the injury
- Amount of damages already incurred
- Loss of income and ability to work in the future
- Life impact of your injury
Types of Accidents that Can Cause Brain Injuries
Any type of accident that traumatizes the brain can cause a brain injury. However, the most common causes of TBIs are:
- Falls – Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and account for 47% of all brain injuries in the United States. They most often affect the elderly and children.
- Struck by object – Being struck by an object, such as in an assault or sporting accident accounted for 15% of all brain injuries. Sadly, assaults are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 0 and 4.
- Motor vehicle crashes – Car accidents are the third overall leading cause of TBIs in the country. Motor vehicle crashes are also the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations for adolescents and adults 15 to 44 years of age.
Other types of accidents that cause brain injuries include self-harm, drowning, birth injury, poisoning, firearm accidents, and infections.
Consequences if Brain Injuries Are Left Untreated
If not recognized quickly, a brain injury can result in permanent and severe disability. The long-term effects of a brain injury can be devastating, and if left untreated, could even result in death. Depending on the nature of your injury, you could be left with long-term disabilities including:
Why Hire an Attorney?
Brain injury cases are often complex and require intensive investigation and experience. If you are like most brain injury victims, you may experience difficulty maintaining your job and paying your expenses. Without an attorney on your side, you may not obtain enough money to cover all your medical expenses and lost wages in the future. Contact an experienced lawyer immediately to begin building your case and safeguarding your future
Why Choose Us?
For decades, the experienced and dedicated legal team at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton has successfully advocated for brain injury victims throughout Arkansas. Our lawyers have won multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements for our injured clients, and we are ready to fight for you. With four offices, 25+ attorneys, and more than 100 legal staff, we dedicate ourselves to your case and to protecting your future after a brain injury. We will help you deal with the trauma after a devastating brain injury and we will be with you every step of the way.
Brain Injury FAQ
- Can a concussion cause permanent brain damage?
Yes, a concussion can cause permanent damage, especially if more concussions are sustained in a short period of time. Recent research reported in the journal Radiology found that even a single concussion could result in lasting brain damage and effects.
- What is the statute of limitations for brain injuries?
If your brain injury was caused by an accident, such as a car accident or a slip and fall, you have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a claim. In some cases, you may have even less. Patients who suffered a brain injury due to medical malpractice only have 2 years from the date of the injury.
- What if a doctor caused my brain injury?
If you believe that your doctor or medical professional acted negligently, and this resulted in your brain injury, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim. These cases are complex and require the skills of an experienced Arkansas brain injury lawyer immediately, so don’t delay.
- Are there different types of brain injuries?
There are numerous types of head injuries, but the majority of injuries are broken down into two categories: open head injury and closed head injury. In an open head injury, an object or blow penetrates the skull, causing the brain injury. In closed head injuries, the brain damage is caused by swelling, bleeding, or other trauma inside of the brain.
- What type of compensation am I entitled to after a brain injury?
If your injury was caused by another person’s negligence, you are entitled to recover damages, including medical bills, lost wages, long-term care, future medical expenses, future loss of earnings, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, and loss of companionship. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded.
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