More brain-trauma victims and their families could be seeking attorney’s counsel in the months and years ahead due to the growing public awareness of such injuries.
Much of the rise in awareness is due to the extensive publicity lately surrounding the issues of brain injury sustained by professional sports figures and military personnel.
The sports media have made chronic traumatic encephalopathy [CTE] a focus of their reporting.Many stories have been published and aired about National Football League players and participants in other contact sports, such as boxing, who have been turned into shadows of their former selves because of CTE. Each media report about the plight of these once-star athletes leaves an indelible mark on the public consciousness.
The same occurs each time individuals interact with concussion victims who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The number of military personnel returning home with brain injuries and brain damage is substantial. As those former soldiers spend time around family and friends, it becomes obvious to everyone that something’s not right, that there have been changes in personality or physical health. Possibly, these were caused by battlefield blast trauma – that’s very common. Or maybe they resulted from an accident that occurred back at base, far from the fighting. A helmet offers some protection, but not against everything that can produce brain damage.
Advances in medical technology are also contributing to the increased awareness of brain injury. MRI scans with defused tensor imaging (DTI) are one example. MRI-DTI shows incredible detail of the brain, making it possible to readily identify the type and location of damage that has occurre. offers. For that reason, MRI-DTI has emerged as the Cadillac of scans for brain injury. It’s accepted in courts around the country for use in proving the existence of traumatic brain injury.
But MRI-DTI can only reveal so much. You still must sit down with the client and talk to him or her.
Weitz & Luxenberg makes a point of talking to not just the client but also the client’s family and friends in order to obtain the most accurate picture of his or her condition. One of the reasons Weitz & Luxenberg is a leader in brain injury litigation is that there are certain issues concerning the law that makes brain injuries cases a special challenge. It’s one of the most difficult types of litigation.
Insurance companies intend to battle these cases harder than ever as the potential dollar value of verdicts rises. Insurers will fight on every front that they can — no holds barred. That’s why plaintiffs in brain-injury cases need to rely on attorneys who truly understand the intricacies of this specific type of litigation.
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