Missouri Brain Injury Lawyer

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Brain injuries can be very traumatic. If you have experienced one, there are two crucial steps to take. First, you must make sure that you are being treated for your injury by a medical professional. Secondly, it\'s very important to consult with a qualified brain injury attorney in order to determine whether or not you have a case against the person who was responsible for your injury.

If you include skull and facial fractures in the statistics, a total of approximately two million head injuries occur every year in the United States. One and a half million of them are nonfatal traumatic brain injuries which do not require hospitalization, while 300,000 brain injuries are severe enough for hospitalization, and 99,000 of those result in a long lasting disability. Every year, 56,000 people die because of a traumatic brain injury, and this figure accounts for 34% of all injury deaths in the United States. Traumatic brain injuries affect males at twice the rate they affect females, with a higher mortality rate. People who are aged 15-24 have a high risk of traumatic brain injuries, as well as people aged over 60.

In the State of Missouri , you have to prove that the person who caused the injury has been negligent and failed to use reasonable care. You must prove that there was damaged suffered, that the person owed you the duty to take care of you, that the person who caused the injury failed to carry out their respective duty, and that the other person's failure caused your injury.

Under Missouri law, where there are two individuals responsible for your injury due to their carelessness, then each person is jointly and severally responsible and liable to you, and you can recover full monetary damages from either party. If you were found to be careless, then those who were deemed responsible can have those damages reallocated in certain circumstances.

There are many different types of brain injuries, including open head injury, when the has been penetrated and there is a break in the skull bone; closed head brain injury, which results from the slamming back and forth of the brain inside the skull, which tears blood vessels and tissues; deceleration injuries, where an abrupt stop causes the skull to stop, but the brain to continue traveling, bruising it and causing brain swelling and nerve cell damage; hypoxia, or lack of oxygen; and brain infections caused by viruses and bacteria.

Brain injury is considered a personal injury case and most attorneys who specialize in brain injury law will take the case on a contingency fee basis.

In recent Missouri brain injury news, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received a $1 million grant in order to find ways to better treat people with traumatic brain injuries.

In the State of Missouri, the statute of limitations is five years to file a lawsuit against the individual who caused your injury. If your brain injury lawyer is not able to settle the case with the insurance company, then you will have to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitation runs out.

Under Missouri law, you may eligible to receive compensation after a brain injury for your past, current and future estimated medical expenses, time lost from work, including time spent to meet medical appointments and therapy, the cost of hiring anyone to help you, any permanent disability, emotional distress, and any future earning ability due to the injury.

Finding a lawyer with whom you are comfortable, and whom you trust is important, as they can help to relieve a lot of the stress that is associated with a brain injury and the legal proceedings following.

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