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Appleton brain injury lawyerEvery year, thousands of Americans suffer brain trauma that can dramatically impact the rest of their lives. Traumatic brain injuries can result from a jolt or blow to the head that ultimately causes some sort of physical damage to the brain. In serious cases, the brain can be bruised, ruptured, or suffer internal bleeding. In many instances, traumatic brain injuries occur due to the negligence of another party. Below, we will look at some of the instances in which you could seek out injury compensation after suffering brain trauma. 

When Do Injuries to the Brain Occur? 

Here in the United States, brain trauma is incredibly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.87 million people suffered traumatic brain injuries that required medical attention in 2014. Of those injuries, 56,800 ultimately proved fatal. If a member of your family suffers an injury to the brain, it is likely that your family is entitled to injury compensation. Brain injuries can be caused by:

  • Car Accidents: In 2014, car accidents were the second leading cause of all traumatic brain injuries, accounting for upwards of 20% of trauma instances. Unfortunately, serious brain damage can occur in even the most minor of car accidents. Even if a person is properly utilizing their seat belt restraint system, the impact of a collision can result in injuries ranging from minor concussions to significant bruising of the brain. In a large percentage of motor vehicle collisions, the collision occurred due to reckless driving (such as speeding, drinking and driving, or swerving from lane to lane). Your family should not suffer financially due to the reckless actions of another driver.  
  • Workplace Injuries: Every year, millions of Americans are injured while working. According to the United States Department of Labor, 5,147 workers were fatally injured while on the job in 2017. While workplace injuries can occur in any field of labor, the construction industry is notorious for worker injuries. Two of the most common construction work injuries are falls and being struck by objects. In both of these types of accidents, injuries to the brain are highly likely. After an employee suffers an injury, many companies will fight to avoid paying full injury compensation. In these cases, it is important to secure representation from a skilled attorney. 
  • Slipping at an Establishment: If there are slick or slippery surfaces in a business such as a store or restaurant, this can result in dangerous falls. In many cases, falls can be incredibly harmful for the most vulnerable members of our families. Falls are the leading cause of hospitalization among Americans over the age of 65 and under the age of 17. In all, falls accounted for 48% of brain trauma hospitalizations in 2014. 

Contact an Appleton Attorney For Brain Injury Victims 

When a person suffers serious brain trauma, the accident can affect their whole family. An injury to the brain can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, and it will often come with tremendous medical expenses. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that our clients are awarded the injury compensation they deserve. Understanding the financial toll of an injury of such magnitude, our firm offers free consultations to all of our clients. To schedule a complimentary initial meeting with a compassionate Green Bay personal injury lawyer, contact us at 920-739-7366. 

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Appleton traumatic brain injury lawyersWhile the majority of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are minor, some do result in death or severe injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 30 percent of all injury deaths are the result of trauma to the brain. In all, that amounts to approximately 50,000 deaths per year, or about 138 deaths per day. Others may experience life-time complications. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or wrongful death because of a TBI, the following may help.

How Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen

Brain injuries are caused by a sudden jolt, bump, or blow to the head. This makes them extremely common in slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle crashes. However, they can also be the result of an assault, or a strike on the head from a falling, overhead, or flying object. Of course, not all head injuries result in traumatic brain injury, but it is still important to have victims seen as soon as possible if there is a possibility of a TBI. This is especially critical if the victim loses consciousness, becomes nauseous, or is experiencing any changes to their vision.

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Appleton personal injury attorneysWhile there is very little data on the rate of snow plow crashes in the United States, incidents appear to be rare. Still, they can have severe consequences for victims. Keep yourself and your family safe on the road this winter with some important safety tips, and know what to do, should you or someone you love experience a snowplow accident.

Staying Safe on Winter Roads and Around Snowplows

Slick roads and decreased visibility can make navigating winter roads difficult. Snow plows, which are there to clear the roads but are slow-moving and sometimes unseen until the last second, only add to the risks. There are a few things that you can do to keep you and your family safe, however. Drive slow, clear the snow and ice from your windshield completely so you can see, look further ahead than you normally would, and leave extra room for stopping when following other vehicles.

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Appleton WI personal injury attorneysSocial media has become a popular way for people to connect and interact, but it has also become a minefield of evidence for attorneys, judges, insurance companies, and even law enforcement. In fact, sources like blogs, Twitter, and Facebook are increasingly making an appearance in courtrooms, and even in personal injury cases outside of a courtroom, which often catches injured accident victims off guard. If you are the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, know how to effectively protect your case from some commonly made social media mistakes.

What Can Be Used?

When it comes to social media, lawyers can use almost anything you post against you: photos, status posts, and even comments made on the posts of your friends. Your blog can be read, viewed, and presented as evidence. In other words – anything you say and do online during a pending case (with a few exceptions) may be used against you in your case. So practice due diligence and never write, post, message, or even text something that you would not be comfortable sharing in a courtroom.

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Appleton WI traumatic brain injury accident lawyersChildren are often thought of as resilient, but the truth is that, just like adults, children can suffer serious and lasting injuries. In fact, one recent study found that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) experienced during childhood may increase the child’s risk for social and psychological problems during adulthood. Though not likely to occur in all children who suffer a TBI, this risk is significant enough that parents should be aware of the problem. This is especially true if the injury was sustained because of someone else’s negligent actions.

Understanding the Risks

Like the traumatic brain injuries experienced by adults, childhood TBIs carry an immediate risk of mortality. This of particular concern if the child suffers a secondary concussion while they are still healing from a primary TBI. Children are also just as prone as adults to the accompanying symptoms, like memory problems, mood swings, dizziness, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. No one yet knows if they are also at risk for some of the other lasting conditions found in adults, such a higher risk of depression and Alzheimer’s. However, the study does suggest it could be possible.

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