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What kind of attorney handles Traumatic Brain Injury cases in Missouri?

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Traumatic Brain Injury cases are considered a speciality area of plaintiff's personal injury law. Therefore, when an individual or their family member suffers a brain injury, many people are tempted to go to a personal injury attorney who they see on TV or who represented a friend in another type of legal matter. Brain injury cases, however, require a great deal of more expertise and experience beyond the abilities of the many personal injury attorneys. It is critical to find an attorney who is "specialized" or committed to practicing this particular area of law.

Attorneys who represent plaintiffs with post-concussion syndrome or traumatic brain injuries should have a great deal of experience specifically in this area of the law. Individuals or their family members who are seeking counsel need to do their homework before choosing an attorney to represent them. While no two cases are exactly alike, many of the symptoms individuals exhibit are the same depending upon which area of the brain has been injured. An excellent attorney can guide his client to the proper medical specialist for care and treatment. Attorneys who routinely represent clients with TBIs or concussions will know which doctors have the most experience and skill in treating their patients.  

An experienced TBI or head injury attorney should be able to affirm that:

  • a large portion of their practice is devoted solely to representing individuals with brain injuries;
  • they are involved in their state's Brain Injury Associations and other brain injury organizations such as NABIS, BIAUSABIAMO, Missouri Brain Injury Advisory Council, BISocietyIBIABIAKS
  • they have been recognized with awards or honored by their peers for their work;
  • they know which part of the brain controls specific functions or emotions and how brain injuries correlate with symptoms they are exhibiting;
  • they attend or present at CLE Brain Injury seminars where medical specialists and other legal leaders keep them up to date on the rapidly changing issues surrounding brain injury law;
  • they are leaders in their local legal communities, have written articles published in journals about traumatic brain injury matters, presented continuing legal education seminars or trained other attorneys in representing those with brain injuries.  

When you or your family member has sustained a brain injury, take the time to find the correct attorney to represent you. The right attorney will make a world of difference for your medical treatment, recovery, future monetary needs and the amount of settlement or judgment of your brain injury case.

Answered 04/06/2017

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