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Brain injury in Owensboro? We've got you.

A traumatic brain injury can happen when you least expect it and has no age boundaries. When you or a family member suffer a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, it is imperative that you find help. An Owensboro traumatic brain injuries lawyer from Gerling Law will help you deal with the process of getting what you deserve from those that are responsible. You deserve to have your family taken care of when going through a medical issue that is not your fault. A legal professional is the best way to relieve some of the pressure you may be feeling due to the medical expenses related to such an injury. The Owensboro Traumatic Brain Injuries Lawyer Understands When you hire an Owensboro Traumatic brain injuries lawyer from our firm, you can expect that they understand what you are going through. They have been protecting families for many years. Including all that comes with a traumatic brain injury caused by the fault or neglect of another. Our lawyer will be prepared to gather information and fight for what you need and are entitled to. They will also be able to help you deal with the many bill collectors, insurance companies, and lawyers that might be able plaguing your daily life. Furthermore, will talk with the medical team directly to learn more about the situation and prognosis. This will give them the information that they need to best help you through the process. Contact our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Immediately There is no advantage to waiting to contact an Owensboro traumatic brain injuries lawyer for help. In fact, they will be able to do a better job the faster you get in touch with them. The longer that you wait, the further in debt you may become, and the closer you get to a statute of limitations that might exist. Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals, or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients. If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries: Long Term Effects

In 2002, medical examiner Dr. Bennet Omalu performed an autopsy on Pittsburgh Steelers’ legend Mike Webster following a heart attack. But it was what he found in the NFL Hall of Famer’s brain that led to a powerful discovery: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. The resulting tug-of-war between Dr. Omalu’s findings and the initial reaction of the NFL’s governing body is the basis for the recently-released movie Concussion. At the heart of the movie is the discovery that brain injuries can have serious consequences, many years after presumed healing took place. However, the long-term consequences of a brain injury don’t just affect elite athletes; anyone who has had a concussion or other trauma to the brain is susceptible to issues in the weeks, months, and years following such an injury. Causes of Brain Injury You don’t even have to be an athlete – professional or otherwise – to suffer a brain injury. Anyone can suffer a head injury. Anyone can slip or trip, be struck on the head, or be involved in a traffic accident. In fact, the largest portion of head injuries stem from accidental causes: Falls 40% Blunt trauma 15% Traffic accidents 14% Assaults 10% Unknown/other 19% After a Head Injury Even a mild head injury can cause temporary brain impairment – foggy thinking, memory loss, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, and irritability are not uncommon. The good news is, many will recover from such symptoms within two weeks after the injury. But head trauma, whether mild or severe, and repeated injury can have long-term, lasting effects – some of which do not come to light until months or years later. The debilitating consequences of some head injuries can take a toll on quality of life many years after the injury was presumed healed. The long-term effects of a brain injury can include: Physical – limited mobility, weakness or stiffness of limbs, paralysis, tremors, visual impairments, epilepsy, sensory issues, fatigue Cognitive – speech and language difficulties, memory problems, impaired reasoning, reduced attention span, reduced ability to concentrate, loss of knowledge and ability to learn Emotional – mood swings, personality changes, anxiety, depression, anger, impulsiveness, aggression An individual with such impairments due to a head injury may find that they are unable to work to support their family, maintain their personal relationships, or even properly care for themselves. In fact, a single concussion makes an individual three times more likely to commit suicide. Head Injury? Get Help! Thankfully, individuals who have suffered a head injury don’t have to navigate the aftermath alone. There are numerous resources online that can help them and their loved ones to understand many of the issues they face. And if you have suffered a head injury that prevents you from working and taking care of your family, you may be eligible to receive disability payments through SSI. Be aware, however, that the application process for disability can be a lengthy one, and injuries such as a brain injury are often “hidden” disabilities with no obvious outward signs. It may be to your advantage to consult with an attorney who has experience with SSDI cases. If your head injury was caused by someone’s negligence, an attorney with experience in head injuries can help you to preserve your legal rights. The attorneys at Gerling Law have extensive experience in head injury cases and the disability application process. Give us a call – it won’t cost you anything to see if we can help!

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