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Protect Yourself from the Lifelong Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recent data indicates that approximately 1.7 million people suffer some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the United States. Richard A. "Rick" Sandoval is a traumatic brain injury lawyer with significant experience in personal injury cases. During his 20 years of legal practice in Santa Fe, NM, he has witnessed first-hand how devastating head injuries can be and how important it is to have a vocal and relentless advocate on your side. While insurance companies and defendants will try to protect their own interests, the Sandoval Firm team is focused on helping you get the care and compensation you need to start on the road to recovery. We offer free consultations for all clients and encourage you to call us at (505) 795-7790 or contact us online to schedule yours today.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The phase traumatic brain injury describes a spectrum of brain injuries, from mild to severe. A concussion is a common and well-known form of traumatic brain injury. In most cases, a concussion is considered a mild TBI because the symptoms (including headaches, nausea, dizziness, irritability, sleep disturbances) typically resolve over time. More severe instances of traumatic brain injury may result in death or, if not fatal, may leave the injured person in a coma. Symptoms of a severe TBI include all the symptoms of a mild TBI, as well as seizures, loss of coordination, slurred speech, and loss of consciousness.

We work with life care experts who can help us accurately determine the full extent of your injuries and achieve the highest amount of compensation possible. 

Potential Causes of TBI 

A traumatic brain injury may be caused by:

  • A bump on, or blow to, the head
  • A fall, blow to the body, or another sudden impact on the body
  • A sudden movement of the head and neck that causes the brain to bump against the inside of the skull.

These closed traumatic brain injuries may occur as a result of a fall, a car accident, a bicycle accident, a sports-related accident. They may even be caused by medical malpractice or criminal conduct, such as an instance of shaken baby syndrome. A penetrating traumatic brain injury occurs when a foreign object such as a bullet penetrates the skull.

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A traumatic brain injury can can affect your motor skills, cognitive function, and sensory system.

Devastating Consequences

While the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury may linger for many months, the long-term consequences of a severe brain injury can be permanently disabling for the injured person and devastating for his or her loved ones. Severe TBI can affect every aspect of your existence, resulting in:

  • Impaired cognitive skills, shortened attention span, memory deficits, trouble concentrating and focusing.
  • Impaired motor skills, balance, and coordination.
  • Sensory issues, impaired vision or hearing, and sensitivity to light or loud noises.
  • Emotional disturbances, depression, anxiety, irritability, anger, or difficulty interacting with others.

What Are Your Legal Options? 

Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries, including compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium including the loss of the society and companionship of your spouse
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

We work with life care experts who can help us accurately determine the full extent of your injuries and achieve the highest amount of compensation possible. 

Contact Sandoval Firm 

If your insurance company is refusing to acknowledge the severity of a brain injury and the impact of that injury on you and your loved ones, do not let the adjuster lowball you or pressure you into settling for less than you deserve. Talk with a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer about the merits of your case and your legal options. For a free initial consultation, you can reach the Sandoval Firm team at (505) 795-7790 or via our online contact form

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