Brain Injuries

Brain Injury Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Brain Injury Victims

A brain injury sustained in a traumatic accident can upend a person’s life without warning. When the delicate neural pathways of the brain are damaged, it can lead to a cascade of physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. The immediate aftermath might involve a turbulent period of emergency treatment and critical care, but this is just the beginning. Brain injury victims may face a long and arduous journey of rehabilitation as they work to relearn basic functions and skills that were once second nature. Even routine activities like speaking, walking, or even forming memories can become major hurdles.

If you suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you likely have the right to seek compensation for your losses. At Bishop & Hayes, we can help you understand your rights and provide personalized, compassionate, and results-driven representation during this challenging time. Our brain injury lawyers are skilled advocates who will work to secure every dollar you deserve, and with millions already recovered for our clients across Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, our track record speaks for itself. 

When you suffer brain injuries due to negligence, you need experienced legal professionals in your corner. Contact us online or call (417) 304-3228 to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Types of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be classified into several types based on various factors like the cause, location, and severity of the injury. Each type of brain injury has unique challenges and requires specific treatment approaches. 

One of the most catastrophic and serious categories is traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI is caused by an external force, such as a blow or jolt to the head, that disrupts the normal function of the brain.

Types of TBIs include:

  • Concussions. Often resulting from a direct impact or a sudden momentum or movement change, concussions can cause a temporary loss of normal brain function. Symptoms typically include headaches, confusion, and amnesia around the event, although more severe cases can have longer-lasting effects.
  • Contusions. This is essentially a bruise on the brain caused by a direct impact, leading to bleeding and swelling in the brain tissue. Large contusions may require surgical intervention to alleviate pressure.
  • Diffuse axonal injury (DAIs). Caused by severe rotation or shaking, a DAI involves tearing of the brain’s long connecting nerve fibers (axons), which can lead to widespread brain damage and disability.
  • Penetrating injuries. As the name implies, these injuries occur when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue, often leading to severe outcomes due to the physical disruption of the brain’s structure.

Another common type of brain injury is an anoxic brain injury, which occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Cells in the brain need oxygen to survive and function, and when the oxygen supply is cut off – even for a short period – brain cells can begin to die. This can happen due to a variety of events, such as drowning, cardiac arrest, or complications from medical procedures. Anoxic brain injuries can result in disabilities that range from mild and reversible to severe and permanent. 

Consequences of Brain Injuries

The practical consequences of a severe brain injury can affect nearly every aspect of an individual’s life. Our brain injury attorneys are here to help ensure you are fairly compensated for these impacts.

Cognitively, victims may endure deficits in memory, concentration, and problem-solving abilities, which can pose substantial obstacles to completing educational objectives or maintaining employment. The loss of vocational capability frequently translates into financial instability, as individuals may find themselves unable to return to their previous jobs or pursue any form of meaningful employment.

Physically, the repercussions can range from persistent headaches and fatigue to permanent paralysis or loss of bodily functions, necessitating modifications to living spaces and lifestyles. This often includes the need for assistive devices such as wheelchairs or speech-generating technologies. Severe brain injuries can also introduce the need for ongoing medical care, including surgeries, medications, therapies, or full-time caregiving, thus further escalating medical expenditures.

Emotionally and behaviorally, the consequences tend to be just as complex. Survivors may display marked personality changes, demonstrate increased irritability or aggression, or suffer from depression and anxiety due to the sudden and drastic alterations in their way of life. These changes not only affect the individuals with the injury but also place a tremendous strain on family dynamics, friendships, and other social relationships.


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Common Causes of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are often the result of traumatic events caused by negligence. When someone’s negligence leads to an accident or incident, they are typically liable for any resulting injuries and losses. Consequently, understanding why an accident happened and who was responsible is an essential part of enforcing your rights and recovering compensation. 

Our brain injury lawyers regularly represent clients in cases involving:

  • Boating accidents. When boating outings take a devastating turn – whether due to high-speed collisions, passengers being thrown overboard, or striking immovable objects such as docks – the risk for brain injury is substantial. The force of impact in a boating collision can closely mimic that of a car crash, leading to conditions like concussions or more severe TBIs depending on the intensity of the accident. Additionally, falling overboard or being hit by a boat can lead to a penetrating brain injury if struck by protruding boat equipment. The aquatic environment can also exacerbate a brain injury's effects through potential near-drowning experiences, leading to hypoxic or anoxic brain injuries due to a lack of oxygen reaching the brain during prolonged submersion.
  • Car accidents. During a vehicle collision, occupants can suffer abrupt and violent head movements or impacts, which can cause the brain to collide with the interior of the skull. This can lead to bruising, blood vessel damage, or tearing of nerve fibers. A victim could also suffer penetrating injuries if debris from the crash strikes and pierces the skull. Even seemingly minor incidents, like whiplash, can result in concussions or more subtle forms of TBI that may not immediately present noticeable symptoms, making early evaluation and intervention crucial. High-speed crashes dramatically increase the severity of brain injuries due to the greater force of impact.
  • Motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to brain injuries due to the lack of a surrounding protective structure, making them more exposed to direct impacts during collisions. When motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes, their heads may strike the ground, other vehicles, or roadside objects, resulting in concussive forces or even penetrating injuries to the brain. Helmet use is a critical factor in reducing the severity of head injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents, but even with a helmet, the protection is not absolute – especially in high-impact crashes.
  • Pedestrian or bicycle accidents. When a pedestrian or cyclist is struck by a vehicle, the lack of external protection can result in severe head trauma as the head may directly impact the vehicle or the hard surface of the road. Even with the use of helmets, which are strongly recommended and are effective in reducing the severity of head injuries, bicyclists are susceptible to TBIs because helmets cannot generally absorb all the energy from a high-impact crash. Pedestrian injuries might also occur from secondary impacts. After the initial collision with a car, the pedestrian might strike the ground or another object, for example. The mechanism of injury in such incidents often involves both blunt trauma and acceleration-deceleration forces, which can cause the brain to move within the skull and lead to traumatic injuries ranging from concussions to more significant damage like diffuse axonal injury or cerebral contusions.
  • Truck accidents. The sheer force exerted by a truck in a collision can cause catastrophic damage, often resulting in serious brain trauma for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. The high clearance of trucks can also lead to underride accidents, where a passenger vehicle slides beneath the truck and causes direct trauma to the occupants’ heads. Given the high speeds at which trucks typically travel, especially on highways, the risk of severe TBI is heightened, as the momentum involved in these crashes can cause the brain to move violently within the skull. Rollover accidents involving trucks are particularly dangerous, as they can result in multiple, repetitive impacts to the head, exacerbating the severity of brain injuries.

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We Can Help You Recover Compensation for Brain Injuries!

To recover damages for brain injuries caused by negligence, you must file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. Time limits apply to these cases, so if you wait too long to take legal action, you will be barred from recovering any compensation. That is why it is in your best interest to reach out to Bishop & Hayes to start exploring your legal options as soon as you can.

Our brain injury attorneys can fight to secure compensation for all your losses, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering

You owe us nothing unless we win your brain injury case! Call (417) 304-3228 or contact us online today.

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