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Louisiana Head & Brain Injury Lawyer

About two million Americans sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury every year, making TBIs the leading cause of death and disability for people between ages 1 and 44. Unfortunately, many of these victims don’t immediately get the medical help they need. Initial symptoms, like soreness and disorientation, mimic accident shock. Therefore, many doctors don’t even check for serious head injuries, let alone treat them. As a result, the victim’s TBI worsens and becomes much harder to treat. More on these issues below.

In contrast, the thorough Louisiana head & brain injury lawyer at Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe leave no stone unturned when it comes to your claim for damages. Workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance, which means insurance companies cannot contest liability, if the TBI or other injury was work related. However, insurance companies can, and almost always do, contest the amount of damages in a case. So, we gather evidence that supports your claims and paints a compelling picture of your losses.

What Causes Head Injuries?

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of head injuries in Louisiana. These incidents combine all three head injury causes, which are:

  • Trauma: Airbags don’t absorb all the force in a vehicle collision, especially in a high-speed wreck. An airbag over a steering wheel is a little like a pillow on a concrete wall. If a victim’s head slams into the steering wheel or wall, a serious head injury is inevitable.
  • Motion: For some reason, many people think the brain fits in the skull like a head in a helmet. That’s not true. Basically, the skull is a water tank that suspends the brain in cerebrospinal fluid. So, during a car crash, the brain slams violently, and repeatedly, against the insides of the skull.
  • Noise: Almost half of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans sustained TBIs overseas. Frequently, these victims were close to an exploding IED or other explosion. These blasts generate shock waves that disrupt brain functions. Many car crash witnesses say the events sound like explosions, so they produce the same effect.

Work-related car crashes are quite common, especially for people like delivery drivers. Work-related falls are even more common. A fall could cause a trauma or motion-related head injury. The trauma and motion are usually worse. These victims don’t have seatbelts or airbags to protect them.

Diagnosis and Treatment Issues

We touched on some head injury-related diagnosis and treatment issues above. Most ER and family practice doctors are general practitioners. These professionals simply aren’t qualified to deal with such injuries.

Our Louisiana head and brain injury lawyers connect head injury victims with top-notch doctors who know how to diagnose and treat these conditions. So, victims get the treatment they need when they need it. Most of us know that it’s easier to win a race if you have a head start. As a bonus, these physicians usually charge nothing upfront for their professional services.

Their bills, like most other bills, must be paid eventually. Workers’ compensation pays all reasonably necessary medical bills, from the first moment of emergency care to the last day of physical therapy.

Speaking of physical therapy, brain injury physical therapy is a lot different from broken bone or most other kinds of PT. Brain injury therapists must train uninjured areas of the brain to take over any lost functions. Progress is slow and uneven. Attorneys advocate for victims during PT, so the money keeps flowing.

Reach Out to a Diligent Lafayette Parish Attorney

Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Louisiana head & brain injury lawyer, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, LLC. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no money or insurance.

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