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Traumatic brain injuries are among the most devastating injuries accident victims can suffer. If you have suffered a brain injury, you may likely face a long road to recovery that includes extensive rehabilitation and ongoing medical treatment. You may need to relearn how to perform basic, everyday tasks. Your injury may result in permanent disability, harming your ability to earn a living and enjoy your previous quality of life.
You need an experienced attorney to help you obtain justice for your injuries and overcome the physical, psychological and financial burdens a brain injury can inflict on victims and their families.
To learn how Fuicelli & Lee can help you pursue full and fair compensation, call (303) 355-7202 today to discuss your case for free with one of our knowledgeable Denver brain injury attorneys. We welcome clients from Denver, Longmont, and other areas throughout Colorado. Se habla Español.
Read more about traumatic brain injury cases below:
- What Is a TBI?
- Types of Head and Brain Injuries
- Common Causes of Brain Injuries
- Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injury
- Damages for Head and Brain Injuries
- Why Choose Fuicelli & Lee for Your Brain Injury Case
- Traumatic Brain Injury Resources
- Discuss Your Brain Injury Case Now for Free
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
The term traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to any head injury that results in brain damage. This can include serious concussions and permanent damage to the brain. TBI can occur when the head is impacted violently, or when the skull is pierced and brain tissue is penetrated. Even when brain injuries are classified as mild, the long-term consequences can have a significant impact on your cognitive and physical abilities.
Traumatic brain injuries are not always accompanied by a loss of consciousness and are not always immediately apparent. In fact, TBI can often go undetected for months. If you’ve suffered an injury that may have harmed your brain, it is crucial to seek medical attention right away. Victims of TBI frequently walk away from accidents thinking they are fine, only to suffer debilitating and even fatal consequences in the future.
Why Choose Our Denver Brain Injury Lawyers?
Brain injuries are exceptionally complicated medical issues. If you or someone you love has experienced an injury to the head or brain, it is incredibly important to choose a lawyer who has a comprehensive understanding of brain injuries and ample experience successfully handling these types of cases.
At Fuicelli & Lee, we have a depth of resources, including a network of brain injury specialists to ensure you get the type of treatment you need to address your symptoms.
Our firm’s founding partner, Keith Fuicelli, knows firsthand how a brain injury can impact a person’s life. In 2017, he was struck by a car while crossing the street. He was resuscitated at the scene, spent multiple days on life support and two weeks in a coma. He spent the following two-and-a-half years recovering from his injuries.
This harrowing experience gives Mr. Fuicelli a unique perspective into the immeasurable toll that serious injuries and subsequent recoveries can exact on victims and their families. He knows what a vulnerable and terrifying time this can be.
As a personal injury victim, this isn’t just a case; this is your life. We know this. Every Denver injury attorney and team member at Fuicelli & Lee is passionate about helping you obtain the full and fair compensation you need, and we have the knowledge, skill and experience to do it.
Fuicelli & Lee supports the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado and Mr. Fuicelli sits on the board. We fundraise for, and participate in, the annual Pikes Peak Challenge in addition to other events throughout the year.
Types of Head and Brain Injuries
Generally speaking, head injuries fall into two main classifications:
- Open head injury: These types of injuries occur any time the skull is penetrated. These injuries are easy to detect and the consequences are typically severe.
- Closed head injury: These types of injuries occur when the brain collides violently with the skull’s interior. These injuries can occur even when the skull does not strike another object, such as in a whiplash accident.
There are a number of different types of brain injuries, some of which include:
- Cerebral concussion: A concussion is a mild TBI, and defined as a temporary loss of brain function due to head trauma. Concussions range in severity, from transient confusion with no loss of consciousness to prolonged periods of unconsciousness.
- Diffuse axonal injury: This results from a traumatic head rotation. Thirty to 40 percent of TBI-related deaths involve signs of diffuse axonal injury.
- Intraventricular hemorrhage: Caused by severe head trauma, this type of hemorrhaging often accompanies other types of intracranial hemorrhages.
- Subdural hematoma: This occurs after a head impact, when a blood vessel on the outer surface of the brain tears and blood collects between the membranes surrounding the brain.
- Epidural hematoma: Caused by skull fractures, this condition results from bleeding in the middle meningeal artery. Victims can experience alternating states of lucidity and unconsciousness.
- Cerebral contusion: This refers to a bruise to brain tissue caused by physical compression and deceleration. These injuries often expand.
- Hypoxia: This type of injury occurs when the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, which can ultimately lead to death.
- Toxic or Chemical Damage: Dangerous toxins and chemicals such as lead and carbon monoxide can harm the brain’s neurons and delicate tissues.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Any time your head is struck or violently jarred, a brain injury can occur. There are a number of accidents which can contribute to brain injuries; some of the most common include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall
- Defective products
Unfortunately, many brain injuries are caused by carelessness or recklessness and could have easily been prevented if the negligent party had acted in a safe manner. If negligence caused your brain injury, Fuicelli & Lee will fight aggressively to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injury
While the symptoms of brain injuries are sometimes immediately apparent, they often take days or weeks to emerge. Because of this, when you suffer a blow to the head, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately, even if you think you feel fine. By quickly obtaining necessary treatment, you can significantly improve your chances for recovery, and could make the difference between restoring full brain function or relying on a lifetime of ongoing care.
Your symptoms may vary based on the area that suffered the injury and the severity of your brain damage. Symptoms may include:
- Concentration problems
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Depression, anxiety and personality changes
- Ringing in the ears
- Sight, smell and other sensory problems
- Language and communication problems
- Memory loss
- Dizziness and loss of balance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Disorientation and confusion
While this is not an exhaustive list of all potential symptoms you may experience from a brain injury, if you experience any of the above, you should seek medical attention right away.
Damages for Head and Brain Injury Claims
If your head or brain injury resulted from someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages and suffering you incurred. The consequences of these types of injuries go beyond physical damages and can have lingering effects on the financial and emotional future of you and your family.
Just as it’s important to seek medical assistance after a head injury, it’s important to get the guidance of an experienced brain injury attorney to assist you in your time of need. Our knowledgeable attorneys will fight tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, which may include:
- Past and future medical costs, including physical therapy
- Lost past and future income
- Pain and suffering
- Detrimental effect on quality of life, including relationships with family
- Lifestyle accommodations for physical or mental disability
We know both the immediate and long-term consequences of your condition and will conduct a thorough investigation into the details of your case to ensure you receive full and fair compensation from the responsible party.
In the unfortunate event that you lose a loved one because of a brain injury, we may be able to help you obtain compensation for lost guidance and companionship, funeral and burial expenses, lost future income and other costs through a wrongful death claim.
Traumatic Brain Injury Resources
TBI Classes and Education
A brain injury can change a person’s life in subtle to dramatic ways. To learn how to cope with the effects of TBI and better manage day-to-day living, a variety of classes can help. These classes cover everything from preventing falls to learning how to paint.
Traumatic Brain Injury Support Groups
Living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or providing care for a loved one with a brain injury, can leave people feeling isolated and lonely. Support groups can help individuals with TBI and their caregivers connect with others who understand. The BIAC offers this list of support groups around the state.
Children with Brain Injuries
Because TBI can present differently in children, special consideration and resources may be necessary to manage school and home life. The Colorado Kids Brain Injury Resource Network provides information and resources to parents, educators, caregivers and others who support a child with brain injury.
The organization offers a manual highlighting the effects of brain injury in children, which can help guide both parents and educators.
Brain injury Rehabilitation Programs
In Colorado, Craig Hospital is recognized as a leader in treating patients with traumatic brain injuries. Its comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation program takes patients from the first days of injury through outpatient follow-up programs. Its goal is to “help patients return home as independent and prepared for the future as possible.”
Other Colorado treatment and rehab programs include Learning Services in Lakewood, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Colorado Springs, Boulder Community Hospital inpatient rehabilitation, HealthOne Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital in Aurora, and many more.
Therapeutic recreation is an important aspect of rehabilitation. By engaging in leisure-time activities, those recovering from brain injuries can improve their rehabilitation efforts and quality of life.
Craig’s therapeutic rehabilitation patient program includes water sports, horticulture, indoor games, outdoor adventures and more. Alumni of the patient program can also participate in ongoing recreation and adventure programs sponsored by the hospital.
BIAC also partners with organizations throughout the state to offer a variety of brain injury recreation programs.
With the right resources, people living with a brain injury can enjoy an improved quality of life.
Speak to a Denver Brain Injury Attorney for Free
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, contact Fuicelli & Lee today by completing the form on this page or calling (303) 355-7202 to discuss your case for free. We fiercely advocate for brain injury victims from throughout Colorado, including Denver, Longmont,, and neighboring communities.
Fuicelli & Lee, PC – Denver Office
1731 Gilpin Street
Denver, CO 80218
P: (303) 355-7202