What are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Many people in Missouri and southern Illinois sustain penetrating traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in accidents each year. While any type of head injury can be life-changing, a penetrating TBI – also called an open-head injury – can often cause some of the most devastating damage and will affect victims and their families for the rest of their lives. Our St. Louis penetrating brain injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve if someone else was to blame for your accident.
Many penetrating TBIs are caused by another’s negligence, such as in a car accident, construction accident or slip and fall accident. Speaking with a skilled St. Louis serious injury attorney is crucial so that you can take legal action against the responsible party. Penetrating brain injuries can cause lifelong, severe disabilities that result in serious financial hardship, not to mention enduring pain and suffering for the injured person and the loved ones who care for them. Help from a strong, committed legal team can mean the difference between getting the compensation you are entitled to under Missouri and Illinois personal injury and wrongful death laws, and an award that will never be enough to cover the lasting consequences of a penetrating brain injury.
Call The Cagle Law Firm today at (314) 276-1681 or complete our online form for a free consultation with our compassionate and committed lawyers. There is no cure for penetrating TBIs – but we can fight to ensure that the person or company at fault is held accountable for their recklessness and the victim gets the compensation they need.
About Penetrating Trauma and Open-Head Injuries
A penetrating trauma brain injury occurs when an object strikes the head and pierces the skull, forcing its way directly into the soft tissues of the brain. Such a violent impact often leads to death, and those who survive often do not make a full recovery. Survivors of open-head injuries often suffer from cognitive and physical disabilities that can prevent them from performing even the most basic functions, such as maintaining personal hygiene or performing household tasks. Penetrating brain injuries also have the highest risk of infection compared with other head trauma, which can make the damage even worse.
The leading causes of open brain injuries in Missouri and Illinois stem from:
- Falls (in which a piece of skull fractures and enters the brain)
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Being struck by or against a foreign object
- Bullet wounds
In general, the majority of people who sustain penetrating TBIs each year are those in their prime working years, which means that families not only suffer from their loved one’s diminished capacities but also face an uncertain financial future due to a sudden loss in wages and productivity. Extensive treatments and rehabilitation may become a permanent part of life, and the cost of medications, residential care, specialized medical equipment and other essentials can number in the millions of dollars over the course of the victim’s lifetime.
In addition, statistics show that victims of traumatic brain injuries will make the majority of their progress towards recovery during the first few months and years post-injury. Few have the resources to pursue the newest innovations in TBI treatment, so the true extent of the victim’s ability to recover to the best of their ability may be lost forever.
Get Help From Our St. Louis Penetrating Brain Injury Lawyer Today
If you’ve suffered a penetrating traumatic brain injury in a Missouri or southern Illinois accident, let the experienced St. Louis, Missouri personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is free, so there is nothing to lose. Contact our St. Louis law firm now online or by calling (314) 276-1681.
We serve clients 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.