Indianapolis Brain Injury Lawyer
At McNeely Stephenson, we represent people like you who have been injured due to another person’s negligence or careless actions. You are in the best hands possible with our Indianapolis brain injury lawyers, regardless of whether your injury results from a motor vehicle crash, a workplace accident, or a sports mishap.
A person with a traumatic brain injury has their world turned upside down in an instant. Their family can experience much of the same confusion over the medical prognosis, as well as feel overwhelmed by worries because bills are mounting and the breadwinner cannot work. Since 1982, we have stood beside accident victims in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.
Our Brain Injury Attorneys Have the Experience You Need
Our attorneys are personal injury experts and they have the credentials to back up that claim. Attorney Mike Stephenson has litigated injury claims in 18 states and served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials. Mike was named an Indiana Super Lawyer from 2003 through 2013. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, the Litigation Counsel of America (a Trial Lawyer Honorary Society), and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA).
Attorney Brady Rife brings a diversity of experience in personal injury litigation to the table. Brady has been an Indiana Super Lawyer from 2012 through the present and is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Shelby County Bar Association.
Together, the attorneys of McNeely Stephenson will strive always to meet the highest standards of client care. What is your first step toward justice? Let us put our resources to work for you, because we believe justice matters.
Our Clients Know We Care: Mike and his team were kind and explained everything they did in terms I could understand. They are quick to respond and work incredibly hard for you. I was glad to have someone like him in my corner. -Nancy B.
How We Can Help You after Your Accident
As soon as you hire us, we go to work for you. We will visit the site of the accident with our team of investigators, who will document the physical evidence with photographs. They will also record eyewitness accounts and obtain police records and safety logs—in short, all the documentation we need to move forward with your case.
Experts of all types are crucial to winning a personal injury suit, especially one involving brain injuries. You can rest assured that we will secure the most qualified experts available to us for your case. Because traumatic brain injury claims can be complex, the proficiency of your experts is crucial in both the investigation and litigation phases of your claim. We are committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for our clients, with our experts coming from around the world if necessary.
If a settlement is the most appropriate solution, we will arrange the most suitable one possible, but we are always ready to go to trial and fight for you and your rights.
What Will It Cost Me to Hire You?
McNeely Stephenson charges clients on a contingency basis, meaning that we get paid only when you win monetary damages. Contingency basis is the fairest system for injured persons because it allows everyone to obtain justice without worrying about the cost of representation.
Please keep in mind that there is a time limit for filing your case in Indiana, so it is wise not to delay. We are here to help you. Please don’t wait to pursue the compensation you deserve for the losses you’ve suffered because of another’s negligent, reckless, or deliberate actions.
Any Injury to the Head Can be Serious
Many times, the impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is obvious. The victim is left in a coma or otherwise permanently incapacitated. Other times, however, the impact is not quite as obvious, but it is, nevertheless, just as life changing. The person may suffer brain damage that causes memory loss, change in attitude, depression, headaches, change in performance at school or work, increased aggression and diminished functioning from a head injury.
Take the case of “J.C.”, a 34-year-old man working as a pipefitter in a factory. He was seriously injured when a lift malfunctioned, and he was pinned between the lift and ceiling, crushed, until a co-worker found him. J.C. suffered significant brain damage due to lack of oxygen to the brain.
This was a complex case that demanded an extensive, thorough investigation to identify what happened. Our legal team was able to determine that the lift had been improperly maintained and that the equipment had an inherently poor safety design. Several of the defendants settled for undisclosed sums prior to trial.
When TBIs occur because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, regardless of the situation, your best path can be seeking legal representation, such as with the lawyers of McNeely Stephenson.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in the workplace, like J.C.’s did. TBIs are also commonly sustained in many other types of injury situations:
- Motor vehicle crashes. Certain types of TBIs are most likely to occur in car wrecks: concussions from striking part of the vehicle, diffuse axonal injury from shearing forces that tear brain tissue, and contusions (bruising of the brain), which can cause brain bleeds and clots.
- Construction accidents. Accidents at construction sites are common workplace tragedies. Falls are especially problematic, causing more than half of all occupationally-related TBI fatalities. A lack of fall protection perennially takes the top spot on OSHA’s Top Ten list of workplace violations.
- Sports injuries. TBIs can happen as a result of playing any number of team sports and are especially common among young people. Recent studies reflect the risks of traumatic brain injuries in sports, especially football.
- Personal violence. TBIs can be a sad outcome to cases of assault, domestic violence, or child abuse.
Brain Injury Symptoms
Many TBI symptoms occur quickly after injury, but sometimes it can take days or even weeks for the full extent of harm to make itself known. Remember that any head injury can be serious and deserves to be investigated.
Symptoms of a mild TBI include no loss or a short loss of consciousness, headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness or difficulty sleeping, and sensitivities to sound or light.
Symptoms of a moderate to severe TBI include a loss of consciousness that can last for hours, a worsening headache, nausea and vomiting that does not go away, seizures or convulsions, physical weakness or numbness, dilated eye pupil(s), severe confusion, slurred speech, difficulty waking someone up, and clear fluid trickling from the ears or nose.
The Glasgow Coma Scale
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is used to determine the level of consciousness following a TBI. The scale runs from 3 to 15. Generally, a score of 3 to 8 means the person is in a coma. The higher the number, the better the prognosis generally is. GCS classifications are:
- Mild TBIs are characterized by a 13 to 15 on the GCS and usually have normal brain imaging results. (Note that “mild” does not necessarily mean that the brain injury is of no consequence. All brain injuries are significant.)
- Moderate TBIsare characterized by an 8 to 12 on the GCS. Cognitive impairment can last for weeks, and sometimes brain damage is permanent.
- Severe TBIsinvolve a GCS of lower than 8. Comas and various vegetative states are the norm for a severe TBI.
TBI Complications and Prognosis
The initial diagnosis of a mild, moderate, or severe TBI does little to inform us about the residual, permanent outcome of the injury suffered. Some of the longer-term complications of TBIs can be:
- States of altered consciousness, meaning a coma or other vegetative state. Sometimes a patient who initially seemed to have a mild TBI will slip into a coma.
- Blood vessel damage, resulting in bleeding inside the brain, blood clots, and even strokes.
- Damage to the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste).
- Intellectual cognitive problems, meaning difficulties learning, remembering, reasoning, paying attention, or demonstrating good judgment.
- Life-functioning problems, such as planning, organizing, problem solving, performing tasks, and decision making.
- Communication problems like understanding speech or writing, difficulty speaking, and difficulty following conversations.
- Emotional problems such as interacting socially with others, behaving appropriately, and maintaining a stable emotional state.
- Degenerative brain diseases. Any TBI, but especially the more serious ones, can trigger a number of diseases that develop years in the future. The same result can occur if you experience several TBIs, even if they are mild ones. One such disease is post-traumatic epilepsy. Other degenerative brain diseases include Alzheimer’s, dementia diseases such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and Parkinson’s disease.
Because many of these problems and diseases cannot be predicted, it is imperative that you seek medical help after a head injury. If you believe negligence was involved in your TBI, we also recommend you pursue legal representation.
The Role Our Brain Injury Lawyers Play in TBI Cases
Regardless of the cause, traumatic brain injury claims can be difficult cases to litigate in Indiana. The defense may challenge the diagnosis or severity of the injury. Symptoms of brain injuries often fluctuate, and it can be challenging for a jury to immediately understand the impact of the injury if they are not familiar with a plaintiff’s normal functioning before the accident.
The right lawyer will demonstrate depth of experience and skill in handling TBI personal injury cases, but they will also show compassion for your situation. Your attorney should act as your advocate, providing you with emotional support as well as winning financial compensation for you. The right lawyer is more than someone with legal expertise and resources.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, it is crucial that you retain an attorney as soon as possible so that you can concentrate on your medical recovery while your attorney secures your financial recovery.
We Build a Legal Team Specifically to Handle Your Brain Injury Case.
We want to build a team with you which is dedicated to justice. Call McNeely Stephenson today to talk with Mike or Brady about their trial experience and how it can benefit your case. If you prefer, you can use our confidential online contact form. Let us take the burden off you and your loved ones. Please don’t wait another day to move toward the compensation you deserve.