What is a Severe Brain Injury?

Life is never the same for someone who suffers a severe brain injury in an accident. Massive brain damage can destroy a victim’s ability to reason, communicate and control emotional impulses — and no doctor can promise a complete recovery. The uncertain prognosis can be even more painful for victims and their families because many severe brain injuries are the result of preventable accidents caused by negligence. A St. Louis brain injury attorney can handle the legal aspects of the case so that survivors are financially equipped in the years to come.

The legal team at The Cagle Law Firm has experience handling severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases throughout Missouri and Illinois. We realize that severe head injuries can suddenly and permanently rob victims and their loved ones of income, companionship and overall quality of life. Our skilled attorneys work hard to ensure that whoever is at fault is held accountable for their irresponsibility. While we cannot replace your physical and emotional losses, we can secure compensation to pay for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages under Missouri or Illinois personal injury and wrongful death laws.

It’s easy to get help from our law firm. Simply call (800) 685-3302 or fill out our online form for a free consultation with our compassionate and committed Missouri and Illinois severe TBI lawyers.

Recovering From A Severe Brain Injury

According to the Missouri Department of Health, severe traumatic brain injuries account for 34 percent of all injury deaths nationwide. The Brain Injury Association of Illinois reports that falls, car crashes and workplace accidents are the leading causes of TBI. Those who survive often face a period of unresponsiveness, called coma, which can last for weeks or months. The majority of people regain consciousness eventually. That’s when doctors can assess the true extent of the brain damage.

The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that more than 3.1 million children and adults in the United States are living with a lifelong disability as a result of TBI.  Because the brain is the body’s “command center,” any sort of trauma can lead to impairments, including problems with:

  • Thinking
  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Vision
  • Speech
  • Hearing
  • Touch
  • Feeling
  • Movement
  • Emotional control
  • Ability to control bodily functions
  • Personality changes
  • Paralysis
  • Chronic pain
  • Mental health conditions / post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Complications resulting from the injury, such as seizures and sleep disorders, among others

Some victims with severe traumatic brain injuries must re-learn basic life skills, such as walking, talking, bathing and feeding themselves. In some catastrophic injury accidents, the victim may never recover those simple functions. That harsh reality is heartbreaking and overwhelming for victims and their families, leaving them struggling to adjust to a new and very different lifestyle.

Although it can be hard to contemplate, the legal aspects of a severe TBI case must be addressed. The majority of people who suffer devastating head trauma are younger adults in their prime working years, and those with the most severe brain injuries are often unable to return to their jobs. Sadly, they are also the ones in desperate need of extensive and expensive medical care, therapies and nursing care.

A 2011 survey from the Missouri Department of Health found that 56 percent of residents living with traumatic brain injuries believe they are unable to pay for the services they need. The Brain Injury Association of Illinois estimates that acute medical care for TBI victims costs an average of $8,000 per day, while long-term care costs upwards of $2,500 per day. However, a successful legal claim may yield an extremely high recovery of costs and damages, including awards for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and lost quality of life.

Contact Our St. Louis Severe Brain Injury Attorneys Today

If you or a relative is living with a severe traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, call The Cagle Law Firm at (800) 685-3302 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case review. Our Missouri and Illinois personal attorneys provide aggressive representation to victims of serious accidents across 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.