Des Moines Brain Injury Attorneys
A person does not have to be involved in a catastrophic accident to suffer a brain injury. A person may suffer a non-traumatic brain injury and still have many difficult consequences to deal with as a result. A non-traumatic brain injury is when brain damage is caused by a nonviolent incident. These incidents can occur due to another party’s intentional wrongdoing or because another party acted negligently. If the injury is the result of another party’s actions or negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has suffered a non-traumatic brain injury due to the fault of another party, you should contact the experienced and compassionate attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (515) 225-2600 today. We are here to help.
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C. we understand that dealing with the aftermath of a non-traumatic brain injury can be incredibly stressful. Non-traumatic brain injuries can place a significant strain on the financial, physical, and emotional well-being of you and your family. During a time when you should be focused on healing, you do not need to be worrying about how you are going to get the medical attention you need and how you will manage to fulfill your financial obligations. That’s why the highly-qualified and aggressive attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are here for you in your time of need.
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our Des Moines brain injury attorneys provide non-traumatic brain injury victims with exceptional legal services. We can help you pursue compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses related to your injury. With over 25 years of personal injury experience in the Des Moines area, we know how to get results for our clients. For a complimentary consultation, contact us today by calling (515) 225-2600, starting an online chat on our website, or filling out a contact form.
What Is Non-Traumatic Brain Injury?
While traumatic brain injuries occur more frequently, with approximately 1,700,000 people suffering from new traumatic brain injuries each year, non-traumatic brain injuries are also occurring at an alarming rate, with an estimated 917,000 individuals suffering from new non-traumatic brain injuries each year. Like a traumatic brain injury, a non-traumatic brain injury is very serious and needs to be treated by a medical professional promptly.
Unlike traumatic brain injury, which is caused by an impact to the head such as that which often occurs in an automobile accident, non-traumatic brain injury is caused by a nonviolent incident such as the following:
- Illness: A common illness that causes a non-traumatic brain injury is meningitis. This is an infection that spreads to the brain through blood, causing brain tissue damage and thereby undermining the health and function of the brain. Other infections may also cause swelling of the brain tissue, which can impair brain health and function. Additionally, autoimmune issues, cancer, and allergic reactions can all cause brain swelling. The result of these illnesses is often a non-traumatic brain injury.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Minor brain damage can begin with as little as one minute of oxygen deprivation to the brain. Lasting and more serious brain damage occurs with as little as four minutes of oxygen deprivation. After four to six minutes, oxygen deprivation becomes fatal. Some of the reasons a person’s brain may be deprived of oxygen are:
- Anaphylactic shock
- Drug and alcohol overdoses
- Physical assault
- Allergic reactions to substances
- Cardiac Arrest: When a person experiences cardiac arrest, their blood stops flowing properly and deprives the brain of oxygen.
- Metabolic Disorder: This disorder causes substances in cells to be processed poorly. As a result, enzyme levels are off, causing waste to accumulate. When waste accumulates in the brain, cells die, causing a non-traumatic brain injury.
- Aneurysm: When an aneurysm occurs, there is uncontrolled bleeding in the brain. When this bleeding spreads, it can cause a loss of oxygen to some parts of the brain, thereby damaging that part of the brain. The damage in these cases can be permanent and may even result in death if medical attention is not sought immediately.
- Poisoning: In the instance of poisoning, the brain may swell, cutting off oxygen to some parts of the brain and resulting in damage to the brain tissue in that region.
- Tumor: A brain tumor does not have to be cancerous to cause harm. Any brain tumor pushes on the brain and causes oxygen deprivation to that part of the brain. A tumor can be removed or treated by other medical procedures. In some instances, however, the brain damage may already have been inflicted.
- Stroke: This is a cardiovascular event that cuts off the blood supply to the brain, thereby cutting off the brain’s oxygen supply. As a result of a stroke, some people experience what is called lock-in syndrome. This occurs when a person cannot move or speak but is fully conscious. A doctor needs to examine a patient in this state very carefully and not assume that the patient has lost consciousness, as the treatments are vastly different, and misdiagnosis may cause more harm or cost someone their life.
- Surgical Procedure: Sometimes when there is an error in a surgical procedure to remove a tumor, stop a hemorrhage, or fix an aneurysm, the brain can be deprived of oxygen, causing a non-traumatic brain injury.
While these are some of the more common causes of non-traumatic brain injuries, they can also be caused by a seizure, diabetes, other endocrine disorders, reactions to medical procedures or prescription drugs, and asphyxiation.
Some of the symptoms of a non-traumatic brain injury include the following:
- Diminished memory
- Impaired muscle coordination
- Kidney failure
- Speech and sensory problems
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Cognitive impairment
- Personality changes
- Blurred vision or milder vision problems
- Changes in sensory perception, such as taste or smell
A non-traumatic brain injury is a very serious event and needs to be treated quickly with medical attention. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Fault and Non-Traumatic Brain Injury
There are a variety of circumstances in which someone’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing can cause a non-traumatic brain injury in another person. For example, cardiac arrest resulting from physician malpractice may be the result of negligence. Doctors have a duty to use reasonable care to keep their patients safe from harm. While a doctor may be trying to prevent harm or save their patient’s life, if they cause more issues for their patient by failing to exercise reasonable care, they may liable for negligence.
A non-traumatic brain injury or brain damage resulting from exposure to toxic substances in the workplace (workplace injury) may also be the result of negligence. An employer has a duty to their employees to use reasonable care to keep their workers safe. This means employers must train their employees in proper safety techniques, they must not expose them to foreseeable harm, and they must keep premises safe, among other things. If an employer fails to exercise reasonable care and an employee is injured, they may liable for negligence.
In the case of negligence, if fault can be proven, the injured person is eligible for damages for his or her injuries. Building a legal case for negligence can be incredibly complicated, especially in the case of medical malpractice. That is why it is best left to the highly-qualified attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C.. The experienced Des Moines brain injury attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you recover compensation for lost wages stemming from a work absence, as well as medical costs.
A non-traumatic brain injury can also occur as the result of another party’s intentional wrongdoing. An example would be hitting someone or instigating a fight where someone suffers a head injury or another injury that leads to oxygen deprivation or swelling in the brain. Another instance of intentional wrongdoing would be poisoning someone. If there is an intentional act that causes a non-traumatic brain injury, the wrongdoer may be held accountable for their wrongful acts.
Proving fault in a non-traumatic brain injury case can be difficult. If you or a loved one has suffered a non-traumatic brain injury, contact an attorney at our Des Moines, Iowa law firm. Our attorneys are experienced in brain injury law and will utilize every resource available to present the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Contact a Brain Injury Attorney Serving Polk County in Iowa
If you or a loved one has suffered a non-traumatic brain injury, a Des Moines brain damage lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help. Serving the Des Moines, Iowa area, our firm provides exceptional services to brain injury victims. We understand that a non-traumatic brain injury can leave you and your family dealing with difficult and often life-changing consequences. Our attorneys have the skill and experience to pursue compensation for your injury-related expenses. Contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 225-2600 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.