• Car Accidents

    Have you been hurt in a car accident? BW is here to help! Contact us today to get the representation you deserve.


    Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents

    Truck accidents seriously injure or kill St. Louis drivers every day. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, we can help you immediately, with a free consultation. We've been on both sides of the truck accident fight for 30 years, so we know how to help YOU.


    Truck Accidents
  • Workers Compensation

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading workers' compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 30+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.


    Workers Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BW's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.


    Medical Malpractice
  • Concussions and Brain Injuries

Medical science is only beginning to understand the long term problems caused by concussions and brain injuries.  In the past, we did not know to look for the effects of concussion or brain injuries after a car accident.  Now we do.

Concussions are also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). They range from mild to severe and can occur even when you do not lose consciousness, and even when you do not take a blow to the head.  The rapid deceleration of a car accident can cause the brain to slam against the skull causing injury, even when you have not “hit” your head on anything.  
 

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Brain Injuries are Unique

The occurrence and severity of brain injuries are difficult to predict.  A very minor trauma or low impact collision can cause serious long term problems for one person, while another person experiences no injury at all.  This can be very frustrating to people injured in car accidents.  Doctors and insurance adjusters may doubt your symptoms because they were caused by only minor trauma or impact.  

While most people will recover fully from a mild concussion, some will not.  This unlucky few who suffer permanent problems from mild concussions are sometimes called the “miserable minority.”

 

Brain Injuries Often Don’t Show Up on Brain Scans

Some brain injuries cause hemorrhaging (bleeding) or bruising on the brain and are clearly visible on MRIs, CT scans, and other scans of the brain.  However, many brain injuries do not appear on such scans because they appear at a microscopic cellular level.

Brain cells called neurons do the processing work of the brain (such as thinking).  Axons -- long, hollow tubular structures that connect the neurons -- form the "wiring" that links neuronal processing centers.  Injuries to these neurons and axons do not appear on brain scans; however, these injuries can cause serious physical, cognitive, and emotional problems.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

The symptoms of brain injuries are as varied as the people how suffer these injuries.  The brain controls most every function in the body, and, as a result, a brain injury can impact most every part of the body.

The most common symptoms include:

Physical Symptoms

  • seizures of all types
  • muscle spasticity
  • double vision, blurred vision or low vision, even blindness
  • loss of smell or taste
  • speech impairments such as slow or slurred speech
  • headaches or migraines
  • fatigue, increased need for sleep, and 
  • balance problems.

Cognitive Symptoms

  • short-term memory loss, long-term memory loss
  • slowed ability to process information
  • trouble concentrating or paying attention for periods of time
  • difficulty keeping up with a conversation, and other communication difficulties such as word finding problems
  • spatial disorientation
  • organizational problems and impaired judgment
  • inability to do more than one thing at a time, and
  • a lack of initiating activities, or once started, difficulty in completing tasks without reminder.

Emotional Symptoms

  • increased anxiety
  • depression and mood swings
  • impulsive behavior
  • more easily agitated, and
  • egocentric behaviors, difficulty seeing how behaviors can affect others.

We help people who have suffered brain and concussion injuries in car accidents.  We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:

  • Evening and weekend appointments
  • Home and hospital visits
  • No attorneys fees unless you collect