Phoenix Brain Injury Attorney
Fighting for Victims With Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
The human brain is immensely complex, and though it is capable of impressive feats and functions, it is also highly susceptible to injury. When injuries to the brain do occur, they pose the potential for profound and life-altering consequences.
As attorneys with extensive experience representing clients who suffer preventable injuries, our team at MayesTelles PLLC knows traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can make for difficult and unpredictable recoveries, unclear prognoses, and considerable damages for victims and their families. As advocates, it’s our job to help clients fight for compensation that is so very critical to their futures.
Did you or a loved one suffer a brain injury due to another’s negligence? MayesTelles PLLC can review your case during a FREE consultation, and help you explore your rights to recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Long-term or permanent disabilities
- Lost income / lost future earnings
- Rehabilitation costs
- Emotional pain and suffering
Call our team 24/7 to speak with an attorney.
TBI Explained: Brain Injuries & Symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a type of acquired brain injury, meaning they are not hereditary or present at birth. Instead, they typically result from external trauma to the brain – such as a blunt force impact, or due to medical negligence, unsafe medications, and toxic exposure.
Although there are various terms used to describe specific types of brain injuries (including contusions, coup-contrecoup, diffuse axonal, and penetration injuries) brain injuries are generally categorized as one of the following:
- Mild: Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) are concussions. The word “mild” in mTBI does not necessarily describe the symptoms victims’ experience, but rather the severity of the initial injury. Concussions can occur in a range of accidents, and may result from a direct blow to the head, or the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain within the skull (such as in the case of car accidents and whiplash). Concussions can occur with or without loss of consciousness.
- Moderate: Brain injuries are classified as “moderate” TBIs when the initial trauma results in more than 30 minutes of unconsciousness, but less than 24 hours of unconsciousness.
- Severe: Severe traumatic brain injuries are those which result in a loss of consciousness (or coma) that exceeds 24 hours, as well as post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) for more than 24 hours. Severe TBIs may result in a vegetative state, or a minimally responsive state.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), someone in the U.S. suffers a brain injury every 9 seconds, and at least 2.5 million adults and children suffer brain injuries each year. Unfortunately, many of these victims require hospitalization and extensive treatment for lasting deficits and long-term disabilities. At least 50,000 people die from these injuries each year.
While there are a number of symptoms associated with brain injuries – it is important to remember that TBIs are notoriously unpredictable, and that the presence of symptoms and their severity can range from person to person. Still, all forms of TBI pose potential symptoms that may affect a victim’s cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being.
Cognitive or Mental:
- Memory or concentration problems
- Disorientation or confusion
- Decreased ability to process / decreased awareness
- Decreased executive function (i.e. organization, problem solving)
- Anxiety or depression
- Changes in mood
- Dependent behavior
- Irritability / anger
- Apathy / decreased motivation
- Dizziness and / or loss of balance
- Physical paralysis or weakness
- Problems with speech (aphasia)
- Fatigue, drowsiness, excessive sleeping
- Headaches, nausea and / or vomiting
- Vision changes, including partial or total vision loss
- Increased sensitivity to light or sound / ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Difficulty with depth perception, involuntary eye movement (nystagmus)
- Diminished sense of smell (anosmia) or taste
Brain injury symptoms may not be immediately or readily apparent, and may become worse over time. Additionally, some brain injuries can become medical emergencies when there is bleeding in the brain – which is why an immediate medical evaluation is always advised.
Brain Injuries: Common Causes
As personal injury lawyers, our team represents clients who suffer brain injuries in a range of preventable accidents, including those involving some of the most common causes of TBI:
- Falls & Falling Object: Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries, particularly among the elderly and children. When brain injuries result from premises accidents involving slip and falls, falling objects, workplace accidents, or other preventable incidents, victims may seek compensation from the responsible party.
- Commercial Truck Accidents: Commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are massive machines, and they pose incredible risks to public safety. Serious injuries such as TBI are common in truck accidents, and experienced attorneys can help victims determine if they have grounds for injury claims against trucking operators, maintenance companies, product manufacturers, or others involving in commercial trucking.
- Auto, Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents: While passengers in standard vehicles can and often do suffer TBIs, pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable individuals on our roads, comprising a category of victims who routinely suffer brain injuries due to the negligence of others. Because these victims can face exorbitant medical bills and damages, obtaining full compensation is of the utmost importance.
- Assault & Physical Violence: Physical altercations can cause brain injuries, most often among adults (roughly 3% of TBIs suffered by children). Depending on where an altercation, accidental shooting, or third-party assault took place, victims may have rights to seek compensation from a liable party, such as a premises owner that failed to take reasonable measures to protect guests, employed negligent security, or committed some other breach of duty.
- Sports Injuries: Brain injuries in sports are exceedingly common, which is why many jurisdictions across the country are adopting laws and policies that ensure players are promptly removed from practice or play, and appropriately evaluated, whenever a head injury is suspected. Though the facts of cases will determine potential liability, victims may have claims against sporting organizations, youth athletic leagues, and / or schools that were negligent in supervising athletes, or ensuring they obtained the medical attention they required.
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Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving
Client R.C. was stopped by Mesa Police for a civil traffic violation and later charged with DUI, Extreme DUI, and Super Extreme DUI in a justice court. During the course of their representation, MayesTelles attorneys discovered important inconsistencies in the police reports. When we presented these issues to the State, the prosecutor’s office agreed to drop all DUI charges.
Fatal Commercial Vehicle Accident
MayesTelles Client A.F. and her husband tragically lost their unborn child as a result of the negligence of an individual operating a commercial vehicle in Yuma, Arizona. After substantial investigation including accident reconstruction and filing a lawsuit, the insurance company paid out the policy limits of $1,000,000.00.
4 Counts of Aggravated DUI Dismissed
Client M.W. was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated DUI in the Maricopa County Superior Court in July 2016 for allegedly riding a motorized bicycle under the influence. The attorneys at MayesTelles demanded that the State include certain materials in their presentation to the grand jury, resulting in the grand jury refusing to indict and the case being dismissed.
Client Charged with DUI
Client, GS, charged with DUI - sentence was reduced to reckless driving.
Client Facing Assault Felony
M.L. was charged with 1 count of Aggravated Assault, a class 3 dangerous felony. She plead guilty to Aggravated Assault, a class 6 undesignated felony, with a stipulation to 3 months of initial jail. She received credit for 32 days and the rest of the jail time was deferred. She was placed on 3 years of supervised probation. She has the opportunity to designate the offense a misdemeanor after successfully completing probation. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court
Client Charged with DUI
Our client, A.R, was charged with 1 count of DUI and 1 count of Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision. During extensive pre-trial investigation, it was discovered that the police made many errors in how they handled the case. We were able to get the client's charges reduced to reckless driving. Location: Glendale City Court
Client Charged with Four Felony Counts
Our client, Ms. D., was charged with two counts of forgery - a class 4 Felony as well as theft - a class 2 Felony and also fraudulent schemes and artifices - a class 2 Felony. We were able to get her conviction reduced to a class 6 undesignated felony with the opportunity to reduce further to a misdemeanor. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court
Client Charged with Trespass & Assault
Our client, T.C., was charged in Maricopa County Superior Court on July 8, 2015 with 1 count of Criminal Trespass, a class 6 felony, and 1 count Assault, a class 2 Misdemeanor. On September 9, 2015, after an 8-day jury trial, our client was found not guilty on both charges. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court
Client Charged with Shoplifting
Our client, Ms. H., was charged with shoplifting - a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get her conviction set aside. Location: Phoenix Municipal Court
Client Faced 5 Felony Sex Offenses
Our client, Mr. C., was charged with five counts of felony sex offenses, including two counts of Sex Conduct with a Minor and three counts of Molestation of a Child. We were able to get the case dismissed upon a successful Motion to Dismiss. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court
Client Charged with Disorderly Conduct
Our client, K.F., was charged with Disorderly Conduct, a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get this client's case dismissed. Location: Tempe Municipal Court
Client Facing Multiple Criminal Charges
Our client, L.S., was charged on October 20, 2014 in Mesa for an assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. MayesTelles PLLC was able to get those charges dismissed.
Client Facing Multiple Domestic Violence Offenses
Our client, Ms. C., was facing charges of assault / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), disorderly conduct / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), and criminal damage / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor). We were able to get our client's case dismissed. Location: Mesa Municipal Court
Charged with Assault & Failure to Appear
Our client, L.S., was charged in Phoenix on December 27, 2014 for assault and failure to appear. After completing diversion, our client's case was dismissed.
Multiple Felony Theft Offenses
Our client, Mr. C., was charged with Theft of Means of Transportation (Class 3 Felony) and Trafficking in Stolen Property (Class 3 Felony). Both class 3 felonies have a possible sentencing range of 2 - 8.75 years in prison. We were able to get our client's charge reduced to a Class 1 Misdemeanor with no jail time. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court