The repercussions of a serious brain injury can wreak havoc on your daily life, turning your career, your hobbies, and your daily routines completely upside down. At the same time you are trying to cope with the emotional trauma caused by the accident, you also find yourself confronted with enormous medical bills and excruciating physical pain. If your accident was caused by another person’s careless or reckless behavior, you may be able to collect significant financial compensation to help offset your expenses, suffering, and other hardships.
Let brain injury attorney Ken Kieklak handle the legal work, so that you can focus on what’s most important: spending time with your loved ones as you recover from your ordeal. Ken has nearly two decades of experience handling even highly complex personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death litigation on behalf of Bentonville, Arkansas residents, and offers free initial consultations to all new clients.
If you or your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s mistake, you deserve to have the matter investigated by an attorney. To schedule your completely free and confidential case evaluation, call Ken today at (479) 316-0438.
What Are the Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries, which are often referred to as TBI, can be caused by many different types of accidents and can affect people of any age, race, or occupation. However, some health agencies have discovered major risk factors and underlying causes. For example, the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the following leading causes of TBI cases from 2006 through 2010:
- 40.5% were caused by accidental falls, including slip and fall accidents.
- 15.5% were caused by strikes from falling objects, such as unsecured objects falling at construction sites.
- 14.3% were caused by auto accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
- 10.7% were caused by intentional attacks or assaults.
The remaining 19% of cases were attributed to miscellaneous or unknown causes.
Many of the leading causes of TBI tend to involve an element of liability. For example, consider the 14.35 of cases which were caused by vehicular accidents. If the driver who caused the accident was driving recklessly, texting while driving, or driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, he or she may be considered financially liable for compensating the victim, or his or her family members in the case of a wrongful death.
Common Medical Effects of TBI & Head Injuries
Because the brain regulates both mental and physical functions, the effects of a serious injury can devastate every aspect of the victim’s life, and negatively impact their loved ones. Depending on factors like the area of the brain affected and the severity of the accident, some common effects of TBI can include but are not limited to health issues such as:
- Chronic pain and ongoing severe headaches.
- Development of anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
- Difficulty forming memories and learning new information.
- Difficulty speaking and/or communicating clearly.
- Difficulty with balance or depth perception.
- Dramatic personality changes, such as increased irritability or fearfulness.
- Partial to full paralysis.
- Reduced motor skills, such as loss of fine motor control in the hands (e.g. the ability to grip and manipulate objects).
- Reduced sensory perception, such as hearing loss, loss of physical sensation, or loss of eyesight.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit in Arkansas?
Even if you are not completely positive whether you have a strong case or not, it is still critically important that you contact the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak immediately to talk about your legal options. This is because, in all but a few exceptional cases, a very strict law known as the “statute of limitations” places a rigid deadline on how long plaintiffs have to bring a legal claim. If the statute “expires,” you will lose your legal opportunities to proceed with the claim.
Under Arkansas’ laws, plaintiffs in Bentonville and throughout the state have three years to file a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit, beginning from the date of injury or death. However, the statute is limited to just two years in cases involving medical malpractice. This may sound like more than enough time now, but the sooner you consult with an traumatic brain injury lawyer, the more time will remain to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Contact a Bentonville, Arkansas Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Today
If you or one of your loved ones is suffering from TBI, or if a loved one passed away after sustaining a brain injury in an accident, Bentonville personal injury attorney Ken Kieklak can help. To start discussing your situation in a private and completely free case evaluation, call Ken at (479) 316-0438 right away.