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Head and Brain Injuries

The personal injury lawyers at Brett Murphy represent victims of brain and head injuries who seek prompt, full and just compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of others. We have been helping personal injury victims win substantial settlements and awards in Washington State for more than 40 years. See our case results.

We practice throughout Washington State and have offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham and Mount Vernon. Because of our technical systems, we are paperless and wireless so we can meet with clients anywhere in the state.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major public health concern in the United States today. Brain injury may impair a person's ability to function in family, social and work environments. The attorneys at Brett Murphy know the devastation that head and brain injuries can cause. While some TBI victims make a full recovery, others face dramatic changes in basic brain function or personality. Our firm is proud of our successful record of helping the victims of traumatic brain injury.

Our goal is to help clients receive prompt, full and just compensation for their injuries.

WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?

A TBI is caused by a violent physical force that impacts the brain and produces a diminished or altered state of consciousness. The force causes the brain to move within the skull and sometimes breaks the skull to directly harm the brain. Bruising, tearing and swelling can occur from the rotation of the brain against the skull. The brain has tremendous responsibility for controlling our thought process, voluntary movements and other important aspects of our physical and emotional well-being. Injury to any one area of the brain can result in permanent disability, seizures, memory loss, headaches, loss of taste or smell, double vision, speech impairments, anxiety, behavioral problems and depression. Some TBI victims’ memory impairment can lead to a tragic loss of self and identity.

The leading causes of TBI include motor vehicle incidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, falls, acts of violence and sports injuries. Head injuries fall into one of several categories:

  • Diffuse Axonal Injuries are caused by the shaking or strong rotation of the head.
  • Concussions occur when the brain receives trauma from an impact or violent change in momentum or movement.
  • Coup-Contrecoup refers to bruises that occur to the brain both on the side of an impact and on the side of the brain directly opposite the impact, when the brain is slammed into the opposite side of the skull.
  • Recurrent Traumatic Brain Injury or Second Impact Syndrome occurs prior to the healing of a previous traumatic brain injury.
  • Penetration Injuries result from a bullet, knife or other sharp object forcing hair, skin and bone into the brain.
  • Comas are prolonged periods of unconsciousness where there is no awareness of self or the environment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 5.3 million Americans living with the disabilities associated with traumatic brain injuries.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

If you or a loved one has suffered TBI because of the negligent act of another, you deserve access to the best possible care, support and future. We are sensitive to the needs of each client and work to hold those responsible accountable for the devastation, uncertainty, confusion and financial hurdles they have caused.

Do not wait until it is too late to seek legal advice. At Brett Murphy, we know that traumatic brain injuries can impact every area of a victim’s life including relationships, employment and lifestyle. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by the actions of another party, contact our office today. We offer a free initial evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury lawyers will negotiate a prompt, full and just settlement or fight aggressively to ensure that you receive full maximum compensation in accordance with the law.

At Brett Murphy, our attorneys give proactive attention to the needs of each client, anywhere in Washington State. We help by coordinating medical payments, organizing documentation and supporting each client through the sometimes difficult claims process. Since insurance companies know our firm’s determination to litigate cases when a settlement offer is inadequate, we are usually able to resolve personal injury claims through negotiation. Call the attorneys at Brett Murphy - Washington's Injury Lawyers today at 800-925-1875, 360-714-0900, or contact us via our online form.

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