Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits & Settlements in Washington State
The impact of brain injury can be devastating. Traumatic brain injury, head injuries, and brain damage can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, sensation, language and emotions. A TBI is often a life-changing event causing depression and despair for victims, upheaval in families and a need for long-term or even life-long assistance.
In Washington State, brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults. An estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injury deaths, emergency department visits and hospitalizations occur every year in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates at least 5.3 million Americans have a long-term need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) from accidents such as motor vehicle collisions is the most common cause of seizure disorders and epilepsy. It doesn’t matter whether the initial injury to the brain was mild, moderate or severe, any brain injury can result in these conditions. The repercussions can affect all aspects of life from school to social situations to work. Because traumatic brain injuries are serious and may last a lifetime, it is important to contact a brain injury attorney who concentrates his/her practice in representing persons who suffer from brain injuries.
Washington State Brain Injury Law
In May 2007 House Bill (HB) 2055 was signed by Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire creating a new law which focuses on helping survivors of traumatic brain injury and those that care for them. In large part the new law pays attention to the struggles of traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims suffer each day and the general lack of specialized services to assist them.
“SECTION 1......Traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age. The impact of a traumatic brain injury on the individual and family can be devastating.
In creating this law the legislature demonstrated that it recognizes that existing programs and services were not well funded. The legislature decided to develop a comprehensive plan to “help individuals with traumatic brain injuries meet their needs.”
Washington State's Brain Injury Law has three main parts
1. Creation of an advisory council
2. Public Awareness Campaign by December 1, 2007
3. Traumatic Brain Injury Account
See Chapter 74.31 of the RCW - Traumatic Brain Injuries
Supporting Members of the Brain Injury Community
Davis Law Group joins our friends at the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council, the Brain Injury Resource Center, the Brain Injury Association of Washington, HeadStrong, Seattle BrainWorks, the Brain Injury Association of America, and the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System in fighting for the rights of brain injury victims and their families.
|Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), brain damage and other types of head injuries result of direct trauma to the skull and/or rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain, including shearing (tearing) of nerve fibers, contusion (bruising) of the brain tissue against the skull, brain stem injuries, and edema (swelling). Davis Law Group is a metro Seattle personal injury law firm that specializes in handling personal injury claims involving brain injuries.|