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Brain Injury Attorneys Demanding Justice for TBI Survivors

Brain injuries can be incredibly complex. Far-reaching by nature, these injuries impact many various aspects of a person’s life, including day-to-day functions, physical abilities, social interactions, professional goals, relationships, and more. Brain injuries can also be incredibly challenging for attorneys to prove. This is in part because, while the science behind brain injuries is a rapidly developing area, the medical community and its staging of brain injuries still tend to lag behind. Brain injuries also oftentimes go unnoticed upon a brief encounter. This makes it particularly difficult for brain injury attorneys to convey its full scope and impact on a person’s life to an insurance company or jury. For these reasons and many others, it’s absolutely vital to find an experienced Michigan brain injury law firm to help you or your loved one win your case and access the resources needed for the best recovery possible.

Any form of head trauma can be serious – whether it’s a traumatic brain injury, closed head injury, concussion, or hemorrhage. Therefore, you should treat the experience seriously and seek medical attention right away. Symptoms of serious brain injuries are not always immediate. In fact, many times, people experience a head injury and continue with their daily routine. Days later, they may connect their head injury with the symptoms they’re experiencing – such as dizziness, sensitivity to light, and headaches, to name a few – before calling the doctor.

Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer, Tom Sinas, discussed the complexities and uniqueness of traumatic brain injuries on Fox 17 “Know the Law“. He attributes much of the uniqueness of brain injuries in part to the varying array of medical care and treatment traumatic brain injury survivors need.

Over 1.7 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year.
Because many of these injuries go unnoticed, they’re known as the “Silent Epidemic.”

Hope for Survivors of Serious Head Injuries

We understand the time following a serious head injury can be overwhelming, confusing, and sometimes downright scary. We understand this because we have worked with victims of brain injuries and their families for over 60 years ago. From day one, we have been a Michigan brain injury law firm and will continue to fight for the rights and resources survivors need. Sinas Dramis is a Brain Injury Association of Michigan “preferred attorney” and many of our lawyers hold leadership positions in organizations dedicated to victims of TBI.

Our Results for Brain Injury Survivors

Because the causes of brain injuries can range so greatly, unfortunately not all brain-injured people can recover compensation for their injuries. However, when a brain injury occurs due to someone else’s negligence – primarily brain injuries in motor vehicle accidents and slip-and-fall cases, for example – Sinas Dramis Law Firm has the experience and record of success you’re looking for.

$8,000,000 Semi-truck versus automobile collision causing severe traumatic brain injury and orthopedic injuries to a Michigan couple.
$3,000,000 Settlement for brain injuries and orthopedic injuries to a female high school athlete struck by a commercial vehicle.
$1,000,000 Eaton County bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle resulting in multiple fractures and traumatic brain injuries.
$687,000 For a traumatically brain-injured motorist hit by a tractor-trailer that ran a red light.
$3,800,000 Settlement of various physical injuries, aggravation of pre-existing traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
$2,000,000 Settlement for a 15-year-old boy who sustained severe brain injuries when struck by a vehicle crossing the street.
$873,353 Recovery of Michigan no-fault benefits for a brain-injured Lansing man injured in an automobile accident.
$600,000 Liability settlement for a motorcyclist who sustained a traumatic brain injury, shoulder and knee injuries, when hit by a motor vehicle.

View list of our settlements and verdicts on behalf of our brain-injured clients

What are the symptoms and effects of brain injury?

While traumatic and more serious brain injuries tend to manifest immediately following head trauma, symptoms of mild to moderate brain injuries may take days and even weeks to appear. Further, the staging of brain injury can be somewhat misleading. As the most complex organ in the human body, injuries to the brain of any severity can have a lasting impact.

Traumatic brain injury is actually a common occurrence. TBI is caused by a traumatic event that results in changes or impairment of an individual’s function.

A number of symptoms may manifest in those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, including the following :

  • Loss of consciousness (or, if not, a sense of being confused, dazed, and/or disoriented)
  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance

While medicine and technology have been instrumental in treating those who suffer from traumatic brain injury, survivors will continue to need treatment and additional resources to live as normally as possible, all things considered. This, by extension, means that medical providers and brain injury attorneys have had to face new, significant challenges to make sure TBI patients continue to have access to the long-term care that is required for many brain injury survivors.

A closed head injury occurs when the brain accelerates and decelerates quickly. This causes the brain to make contact with the skull where the dura mater and skull remain intact. These types of injuries are often seen in car accidents or slip-and-fall fall accidents. In many cases, these types of injuries often cause more injuries due to internal swelling and bruising. As a result, the damage may have adverse consequences on other areas of the brain.

Our firm has handled many cases involving concussion, as it’s a fairly common injury. What is a concussion, exactly? Concussions are a traumatic brain injury that may result in a bad headache and loss or altered state of consciousness. If you suffer a blow causing your head to move back and forth quickly, a concussion is possible depending on the level of impact. Brain bruising is also possible in this scenario. In addition to auto accidents, those who play contact sports are also more likely to suffer from concussions.

The scary thing about concussions is that it might not be readily apparent that you’ve suffered one. That is why it is so vital that you seek medical attention immediately after suffering from a blow to the head. Even if you feel “okay,” it is better to be checked out by a medical professional than to wait until you’re not feeling well.

A brain hemorrhage may also take place after head trauma happens. It is a closed head injury that results in bleeding and swelling in the brain. As a result of head trauma, an artery in the brain may burst, causing bleeding and swelling. This is a brain hemorrhage. Brain hemorrhages can be life-threatening. You should seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one are experiencing some of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden, severe headachebrain-hemorrhage-illustration
  • Seizures
  • Weakness in an extremity
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of coordination and/or balance
  • Lethargy
  • Vision changes
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Difficulty reading and/or writing
  • Loss of fine motor skills
  • Loss of consciousness

Brain Injuries from Car Accidents

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, auto accidents are the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injury in Michigan. As a Michigan auto accident law firm, our attorneys have helped hundreds of people living with brain injuries caused by a car crash throughout the years. In the video above, Grand Rapids auto accident attorney, Tom Sinas, describes these types of injuries, underlining the fact that a person can sustain a traumatic brain injury in a car collision without even hitting their head in the crash. He also describes Michigan’s threshold injury law, which requires an injured party has to be able to prove that they have a certain level of injury that surpasses this threshold in order to present their case to a jury. However, Michigan has a special rule regarding brain injuries sustained in auto accidents, which allows the victim to surpass the threshold requirement if a physician who regularly diagnoses and treats closed-head injuries testifies under oath that there may have been a serious neurological injury. Because of this, specialized medical providers play a pivotal role in auto accident cases and the legal rights of victims. Also, people suffering a brain injury caused by a motor vehicle accident are entitled to a set of rights under the Michigan no-fault law. The allowable expense benefit, a portion of the rights most Michigan motorists are entitled to, is even more crucial to those with traumatic brain injuries from car accidents because it can provide long-term medical care. From direct medical care to comprehensive rehabilitation, this benefit can provide a vast array of resources dedicated to helping you on your path to recovery. Learn more about Michigan auto no-fault PIP benefits here.

Michigan Brain Injury Resources

If you’ve experienced a brain injury of any kind, resources for you and your family are plentiful in Michigan. We hope you’ll find the list of Michigan brain injury resources below helpful in your journey toward recovery.

Michigan Department of Community Health – Traumatic Brain Injury Resources– a website dedicated to helping educate those who have sustained brain injuries and their families and caregivers.

Michigan Resource Guide for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families
-This document provides pertinent information you need to keep in mind if you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury.

Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI)– a nonprofit organization committed to serving brain injury survivors and their loved ones. It provides a number of seminars, webinars, and resources.

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center – a nonprofit located in Mason, Michigan that offers medical care, residential programs, community-based programs, outpatient programs, and other professional services to assist those living with brain injury.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – located in Grand Rapids, Mary Free Bed offers a number of programs, clinics, services, and resources that help West Michigan residents living with brain injuries.

Hope Network – with locations in East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Coldwater, Hope Network offers a number of rehabilitation programs including transitional inpatient brain injury rehabilitation, neurobehavioral inpatient program, and community-based Brain injury rehabilitation.

Michigan Brain Injury Law Firm – Over 60 Years of Experience

As a personal injury law office representing those suffering from head trauma, we know how common brain injuries are. They can happen at any time, without warning, and have the ability to completely change your life forever. If you decide to seek legal representation as a result of your brain injury, be sure you choose a Michigan brain injury law firm with years of experience working for survivors of traumatic brain injury. Call us today at 866.758.0031.

Preventing Bicycle-Related Brain Injuries, One Helmet at a Time

In addition to protecting the legal rights of brain injury victims, our law office is also committed to preventing brain injury accidents, especially with children.

Each year, we partner with a number of state and local organizations to present Lids for Kids – a bike helmet giveaway and safety event. We have properly fitted and given away thousands of free helmets to Michigan children year-after-year. We believe that if we can prevent even just one brain injury – it’s well worth it.