Thousands of people in Missouri and Illinois sustain traumatic brain injuries in accidents every year. Some escape with relatively mild head injuries, but others suffer from severe brain trauma that can have lifelong medical, emotional and financial consequences — not only for survivors, but also for the families who care for them.
If you or a loved one has sustained severe brain trauma in a Missouri or Illinois accident and you believe someone else is to blame, contact the St. Louis traumatic brain injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm today. Our skilled lawyers understand that head injuries are complex and can affect every survivor differently. That’s why we deliver quality, customized legal services that take your specific needs into account. Our goal is to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for you so that you can focus on healing, not on how to pay the bills.
For a free consultation, contact The Cagle Law Firm at (800) 685–3302 or through our online form. We represent clients in throughout Missouri and southern Illinois, including St. Louis, Columbia, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters, Florissant, Chesterfield, Belleville, Oakville, Wildwood, University City, Ballwin, Mehlville, Kirkwood, East St. Louis, Collinsville, Edwardsville and Arnold.
Missouri Traumatic Brain Injuries
More than 13,000 people are treated in Missouri emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year. They join 5.3 million other survivors who are living with the effects of TBI nationwide. Illinois alone has about 250,000 residents living with traumatic brain injuries, according to the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. On average, 52,000 Americans die from traumatic brain injuries each year, and another 275,000 are hospitalized.
Simply put, a traumatic brain injury results from a blow to the head or penetrating injury that causes the brain to stop functioning normally. Most TBIs arise from high-impact accidents, such as a fall or car crash. Other leading causes of TBI include being struck by or thrown against an object, as might happen in a construction accident, or due to a physical assault. Sports injuries are also a common cause of brain injuries, especially in young people.
A mild traumatic brain injury may heal on its own with time and rest, but a severe injury can permanently alter a victim’s ability to think, speak and move independently. Making matters worse is that no TBI is the same, so doctors cannot easily predict how much improvement a sufferer should expect in the days, weeks, months and years following their head injury.
Some of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Memory / concentration trouble
- Speech problems
- Sleep disorders
- Numbness in the arms and legs
- Chronic pain and secondary health problems
Physical and Financial Costs of TBI
More than half of severe head injuries require surgery to remove ruptured blood vessels and/or bruised brain tissue from the victim. Even when the immediate damage is repaired, victims are often in serious danger of further brain damage due to post-injury and post-surgical swelling. The medical procedures and long hospitalizations stemming from a traumatic brain injury can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, leaving many families struggling to make ends meet.
Sadly, the financial burdens do not stop there. Estimates suggest that the lifetime cost of caring for a person living with a severe traumatic brain injury can reach upwards of $4 million. Many TBI survivors face a long period of rehabilitation in acute care facilities, which can cost $1,000 per day. That’s not to mention the costs for home modifications or to purchase necessary medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or walkers.
Very few survivors have the resources to pay these costs. Speaking with an experienced St. Louis head injury attorney is crucial so that you can receive compensation you are entitled to under Missouri’s personal injury or wrongful death laws.
Let Our TBI Lawyers Help You
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury in Missouri or southern Illinois, call the experienced attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm at (800) 685–3302 or fill out our online contact form. Our St. Louis TBI lawyers have a proven track record of success in brain injury claims and can help you recover the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Your case is safe with us!