Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a myriad of symptoms and disabilities, and the impact on the injured person and his or her family can be devastating. Brain injuries from car accidents can result from a direct blow to the head, or severe whiplash without direct impact. Resulting injuries often include a cerebral contusion, concussion, diffuse axonal injury, or other traumatic brain injury. With any of these types of injuries, early intervention can significantly increase chance of a better recovery.

The symptoms of a moderate to severe brain injury can include cognitive impairment (such as memory), attention-deficit issues, and serious behavioral problems, such as psychosis, depression, muscle movement disorders, and hostility. Treatment for these types of injuries is often difficult and cost prohibitive. Though many clients only see marginal brain improvement, an accurate diagnosis and quick treatment is critical.

While not every injury can be visible on standard tests, tools such as an MRI, PET scan or CAT scan will be used to get a clearer picture of the long-term prognosis. With a cerebral contusion, for instance, the swelling, pressure, and bruises may be located deep within the brain. As the cerebral contusion interrupts the communication between your brain and the rest of your body, symptoms ranging from headaches to slurred speech to emotional problems may last a lifetime.

Because of our long history litigating complex accidents, we have worked with brain injuries across the spectrum. We know that every brain injury is unique and includes a wide variety of symptoms and a large window of time in which the injuries may fully develop. Patients with a moderate or severe TBI should commence a rehabilitative program including occupational, physical and speech therapy.

As Traumatic Brain Injury lawyers we can help.

We have extensive experience with cases involving brain injuries and the complex accidents that often cause them. If you or a loved one have experienced a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, please call the Didier Law Firm to discuss your legal case.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries, as with any severe injury, bring deep emotional trauma in addition to the physical toll they take. Of the estimated 11,000 spinal cord injuries that occur every year, up to 10,000 individuals are left permanently paralyzed, and many die. Sadly, spinal cord trauma is most often experienced by young and healthy individuals, leaving victims and their families to face many years of expenses and emotional trauma.

42% of spinal cord injuries are the result of a motor vehicle accident, though many of these injuries are also the result of a sports-related accident, fall or other sudden event. This type of injury affects the nerves that control both feeling and mobility which varies based upon which part of the spinal cord is damaged. A severe neck injury, for example, can lead to varying degrees of paralysis known as paraplegia, hemiplegia or quadriplegia. Spinal cord damage can also cause scar tissue on the spinal cord, spinal stenosis or pinched nerves, or other permanent and debilitating injuries that also must be considered.

Because we specialize in severe cases including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and severe bodily injuries, we know how to interact and work with physicians who specialize in treating these types of injuries. We understand the diagnostic tools used to properly diagnose and prove the permanency of the injury and the full extent of the loss. We work with skilled vocational rehabilitation specialists and economists to determine what future needs will be required and what it will cost before we would ever walk into a courtroom.

As Spinal Cord Injury lawyers we can help.

With both experience and compassion, the Didier Law Firm is ready to help you. We have extensive experience with cases involving spinal cord injuries and the complex accidents that often cause them. If you or a loved one have experienced a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, please call the Didier Law Firm to discuss your legal case.

Medical Negligence

Because we want to be able to rely on and trust doctors and healthcare workers implicitly, cases involving medical negligence are particularly unsettling. The unfortunately reality is, millions of people are hurt each year as a result of mistakes made by physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers.

According to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), surgery errors are the most common in-patient claim, accounting for about 34% of claims, and errors in diagnosis are the most common out-patient claim, at 46% of the total claims.

Failure to diagnose a medical issue in a proper or timely manner, misread test results, errors in performing procedures, inaccurate drug dosages and other problems all constitute medical negligence. Medical malpractice can encompass a wide array of issues, and its effects can be life threatening and long-term.

As Medical Negligence lawyers we can help.

If you suspect medical negligence to be the cause of a serious injury or death, contact Didier Law Firm today for a free evaluation of your case. As medical negligence lawyers we have extensive experience in litigating medical malpractice, and stand ready to bring our knowledge and expertise to bear for you.

Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing home negligence is a sad reality, and one that will likely continue to grow as our elder population grows. Nursing home negligence refers to a lack of attention to a patient’s physical or emotional needs, while nursing home abuse is defined by the intent to harm, either physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise.

A study by the minority (Democratic and Independent) staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, finds that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States — 5,283 facilities — were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a recent two-year period, from January 1999 to January 2001.

The report lists common problems such as untreated bedsores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. It is important for family members to remain vigilant to protect their loved ones in nursing home settings. Hidden cameras and frequent visits are among the ways that you can ensure those you care about are safe.

As Nursing Home Negligence lawyers we can help

With experience and compassion, the Didier Law Firm is ready to help you. If you suspect a loved one is being neglected or abused, please call the Didier Law Firm to discuss your legal case.