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Every year, across the US, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) cause 5 million emergency room visits, 282,000 hospitalizations, and 56,000 deaths. Medical expenses can be astronomical, and those who survive their injuries can experience persistent symptoms for months, even years.
Many TBIs are preventable. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI through someone else’s preventable mistake, we can help.
Traumatic brain injuries are those caused by some kind of outside force, such as a blow to the head (as opposed to, for example, an infection). TBIs can involve skull fractures, but this is not always the case, and damage can be present without any visible fractures. Victims don’t always lose consciousness.
There are several types and it’s possible to have multiple forms of TBI at once. Below is a short list of the most common forms:
Common causes of TBI include motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, gunshots, and explosions (such as in military attack). A blow to the head is not necessary—for example, the force of a blow to the spine can cause the spine itself to strike and damage the base of the brain.
The shock wave of an explosion alone can cause brain damage. Babies sometimes sustain TBIs when shaken by a frustrated adult (a form of criminal assault).
Repeated TBIs, such as several concussions over a sports career, can cause distinctive patterns of cumulative damage that can be life-long.
TBI can’t be diagnosed by symptoms alone. Tests are required. A doctor should assess anyone who, following an injury, experiences any of the following:
Even a “mild” TBI can be serious, especially if the person has had a TBI before. Moderate or severe TBI could involve more extreme versions of any of the above (loss of consciousness for minutes or hours, as opposed to seconds, for example) or any of the following:
While some people recover completely from TBI, others do not. Long-term effects of severe or repeated TBI can include physical or cognitive disability, anger management problems, memory problems, anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior.
Mild TBI is normally treated only with rest, though patients must be monitored for worsening symptoms. Moderate to severe TBI might be stabilized with supplemental oxygen, drugs, surgery, or medically induced coma. Long-term recovery may be supported by a team of professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, caseworkers, and nurses.
Between diagnostic tests, treatments, and supportive care, medical bills for TBI can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. And that’s not counting lost wages if the patient cannot return to work.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to actions or negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for one or more of the following damages:
If you are injured through no fault of your own, you need a traumatic brain injury attorney you can trust. You need high-quality representation and vigorous advocacy. You need the attorneys at GCJ law firm in your corner. Here’s what we offer:
Our track record of successful service to the greater Louisiana community dates back to 1978. That’s decades of strategic approaches to complex, unique cases.
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No one should have to cope with the aftermath of a TBI alone. When you hire GCJ, you become part of our family.
No Up-Front Fees or Costs:
TBI is hard enough to deal with; you don’t need to be worried about legal fees as well. That’s why our consultations are free. And, if you hire us, we only get paid if we win money for you.
We’re your neighbors, here in Louisiana. You know us, and everything we do reflects on our reputation. That’s why we at GJI not only fight hard for our clients, we also give our time and resources to local non-profits across the state.
With years of experience proudly serving residents of Louisiana, we’ve built up a proven track record of successful outcomes and satisfied clients.
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Below are a couple excerpts of what our clients had to say about us:
“If you want a caring attentive attorney, then Scott is your man. He is very aggressive in seeking justice for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation.”
“Mr. Chafin is an exceptional trial attorney who cares passionately about his clients and has a track record of obtaining multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. His commitment to personal injury victims is second to none.”
GJC specializes in personal injury cases in Louisiana. We’re there for our clients at some of the most difficult times of their lives, fighting to get them the compensation they deserve since 1978. We have local offices in both Metairie and Shreveport, so we’re always only a phone call or a short drive away.
Besides TBI cases, we also specialize in other types of workers’ compensation cases. Our combined decades of experience, deep knowledge of applicable law, and commitment to service equip us to be the advocates you deserve.
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