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"I don't remember the first month," says ice-skating legend Dick Button referring to the recovery period after his brain injury. "The second month is very vague to me. Some of my family was apparently told that I might never be able to balance a checkbook again or that I might never be able to commentate on skating again or that I wouldn't be able to run a business again. And they were very good to me, saying, 'I don't think you know him very well.'"
After falling on the ice, Button suffered a very severe brain injury. In the early stages of recovery, this ordinarily passive skater became so violent, that health care providers needed to restrain him in a straightjacket. This is typically a sign of severe damage to the brain.
It took months of recovery for Button to be able to walk again. To this day, he has difficulty hearing and remembering (CNN).
In instances where another party is at fault resulting in a brain injury, Weitz & Luxenberg can help you seek compensation through a lawsuit. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.
In the News: Neurological Injury Specialist and ‘40 Under 40’ Attorney Speaker at Prestigious Brain Injury Seminar
September 11, 2012 - Weitz & Luxenberg trial attorney Shareef Rabaa spoke at a gathering of lawyers and medical experts hosted by the North America Brain Injury Society. Rabaa, 34, was chosen to speak about his legal work with brain injury victims, which also earned him the National Trial Lawyers’ “40 under 40” honor for 2012. Read the full story here.
Defining brain injury
Brain injuries are broken into two groups (Brain Injury Association of America):
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury is caused by an external physical force that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
Acquired brain injuries include all types of traumatic brain injuries and also brain injuries caused after birth by cerebral vascular accidents (commonly known as stroke), and loss of oxygen to the brain.
The recovery process
Mayo Clinic neurologist Ronald Petersen says that after a brain injury "you can begin to put together the puzzle of what parts of the brain are working well,” but this process could take years (USA Today). Those who have suffered a brain injury need routine therapy appointments to help them rebuild their cognition and sense of mental balance. This process could result in complete rehabilitation in weeks, months, years, or never. In any case, an injury to the brain is a serious problem that will affect your quality of life and financial stability. The Brain Injury Association of America states that “Individuals who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives.”
Every 12 seconds someone sustains a traumatic brain injury in the United States, making an astounding 1.7 million people sustaining traumatic brain injuries every year (Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention). The leading causes of TBI are:
- Falls (35.2%)
- Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (17.3%)
- Struck by/against events (16.5%)
- Assaults (10%)
A third of all injury-related deaths in the United States are related to brain injuries. Annually, brain injuries kill 52,000 people. Those that survive brain injuries need thorough medical treatment.
How Weitz & Luxenberg can help
Weitz & Luxenberg can help you seek compensation for your brain injury-related expenses. These expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income due to hospitalization
- Any medical treatment related to the injury
- Future income lost due to forced retirement as a result of the injury
- Counseling or therapy needed to cope psychologically with the incident
- Costs of on-going physical therapy
To get started, simply fill out the form on this page. You can explain your brain injury case and, once submitted, a representative from Weitz & Luxenberg will be in touch to discuss your options. This service is free and does not bind you to our law firm in any way. Contact us today; we want to hear your case.
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