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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 subset or 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 is represented by a friend in another type of accident. Brain injury cases, however, require a great deal of more expertise and experience beyond the abilities of the vast majority of 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 concussion attorney should be able to affirm that:

  • a large portion of their practice is devoted to representing individuals with brain injuries;
  • they are involved in their state's Brain Injury Associations;
  • that they have been recognized with awards or honors by their peers for this area of law;
  • they should be able to tell a client which part of the brain controls what function or emotion and how brain injuries in certain regions of the brain correlate with the symptoms they are exhibiting;
  • that they get regular education from specialists and doctors to keep them up to date on changes in brain injury matters; and,
  • that they are leaders in their legal communities who have written articles, presented continuing legal education seminars or trained other attorneys in brain injury cases.  

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 could make a world of difference for your treatment, recovery and the monetary outcome of your brain injury case.

Answered 11/29/2016

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