Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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What is the Difference Between a TBI and an ABI in Issaquah?

Posted Friday, April 21, 2023 by Chris Thayer

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Acquired Brain Injuries send over one million people to hospital emergency rooms every year. All too often, doctors prematurely release these patients, usually without even keeping them overnight. ABI and TBI symptoms often mimic the symptoms of other conditions, like accident shock and fatigue. So, in these cases, doctors often tell patients to go home and rest. As a result, their brain injuries get worse.

If negligence caused a TBI or medical malpractice caused an ABI, an Issaquah personal injury lawyer can obtain the financial compensation these victims need and deserve. Brain injuries usually mean sky-high medical bills, and victims must be able to pay these bills. Furthermore, these victims deserve compensation, so they can live the rest of their lives in the best way possible.

*TBIs and Ordinary Negligence*Car crashes are the leading cause of brain injuries in King County. Driver negligence causes most car wrecks.

No safety system, no matter how advanced, can absorb all the force in a high-speed wreck. Seatbelts, airbags, and other systems reduce the risk of blunt force trauma head injuries, but they certainly don’t eliminate that risk.

Furthermore, blunt force often does not cause collision-related head injuries. Instead, sudden violent motion causes them. When the head snaps backward and forward, the brain slams against the insides of the skull.

Aggressive driving, like speeding, and impaired driving, like drunk driving, are usually negligence. These behaviors may not be malicious, but they are certainly not accidental. People do not accidentally speed or get behind the wheel while intoxicated, at least in most cases.

Property owners have a duty of care as well. Typically, they must ensure that the premises are free from fall or other injury hazards. If they know about, or should know about, such a defect and do not immediately remedy the problem, an Issaquah personal injury lawyer can obtain compensation in court.

This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.

*ABIs and Professional Negligence*Chronic illnesses, like cancer, often cause acquired brain injuries. Since they have so much education and training, doctors have a fiduciary duty. They must disregard other priorities, like getting home on time and making money, and only do what’s best for their patients.

Misdiagnosis is one of the most common kinds of ABI-causing professional negligence. When it comes to cancer, most doctors focus on genetic and lifestyle markers. If the patient has neither, cancer isn’t even a possibility, as far as the doctor is concerned. As a result, the cancer misdiagnosis rate may be as high as 50 percent.

In addition to the compensatory damages mentioned above, these victims often receive additional punitive damages. These damages are available if there is clear and convincing evidence that the tortfeasor (negligent actor) intentionally disregarded a known risk.

*Count on a Thorough King County Attorney*Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Issaquah, contact Pivotal Law Group, PLLC. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we start fighting for you.