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Louisiana Brain Injury Attorney


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.

Common Types of Brain Injuries in Louisiana

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:

  • Brain Contusion is localized bleeding inside the brain.
  • A concussion is a large area of damage caused by a blow to the head or by shaking.
  • Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury occurs when a blow to the head damages one side of the brain but also causes the brain to move and strike the inside of the skull hard enough to cause the second area of damage on the opposing side.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury involves shaking of the brain so severe that tears occur in the brain tissue.
  • Penetrating Injury is when something such as a bullet or a tool breaks the skull and enters the brain. In a “through-and-through” penetrating injury, the object breaks the skull in a second place and exits the head.

Typical Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

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.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

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:

  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Dizziness, poor balance
  • Blurred vision, other sensory problems
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Problems with speech
  • Mood problems
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of consciousness

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:

  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Clear fluid flowing from nose or ears

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.

Treatments and Costs of Traumatic Brain Injuries

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.

Types of Damages Associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries

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:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and diminished earning capacity
  • Care-taking costs
  • Disability or loss of normal life
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering
  • Increased risk of future harm
  • Shortened life expectancy

Reliable Workers’ Compensation Representation

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:

  • Top-notch representation
  • Fierce client advocacy
  • Thorough understanding of applicable state law
  • The decades of experience our attorneys have combined

Why Choose GJC Law Firm to Represent Your TBI Claim?

Experience:

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.

Personalized Service and Support:

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.

Top-Notch Reputation:

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.

What our Clients Have to Say About Us

With years of experience proudly serving residents of Louisiana, we’ve built up a proven track record of successful outcomes and satisfied clients.

4.7/5 Star Rating on Lawyers.com

4.5/5 Star Rating on Google Reviews

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.”

About GJC Law Firm

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.

Other Practice Areas

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.

Practice Areas:

  • Oilfield Injury Representation
  • 18-Wheeler Injury Representation
  • Construction Injury Representation
  • Brain Injury Representation
  • Spinal Injury Representation
  • Maritime and Offshore Rig Injury Representation
  • Orthopedic Injury Representation
  • Auto Collision Injury
  • Wrongful Death Representation

The Great State of Louisiana

Few states in the deep south are as beautiful and as culturally rich as Louisiana.

Some fun facts:

State bird of Louisiana: Brown Pelican

  • State Tree: Bald Cypress
  • State Dog: Catahoula Leopard Dog
  • State Flower: Magnolia

From history to the arts to our lovely and storied landscape, Louisiana has something for everyone.

Helpful Legal/Law Resources for Louisiana Residents

Community Involvement

GCJ Law lives and works in the same community you do. We take pride in supporting both local and state causes in the great state of Louisiana.

Our firm’s guiding principles are inspired by the words of Mother Theresa: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

A few of our contributions include:

  • Louisiana Heroes’ Scholarship Fund (founded by Scott J. Chaffin of GCJ)
  • Proud United Way partner
  • Contributor to Global Maritime Ministries
  • Operation Bright Holiday
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • And more!

Office Location(s)

Shreveport, LA Office
7600 Fern Avenue
Building 700
Shreveport, LA 71105
Phone: 318-865-8680

Metairie, LA Office
3000 W. Esplanade Avenue
Suite 200
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: 504-475-7100

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Settlement of wrongful death automobile collision

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