Head & Brain Injuries

Steve Matz and his team have been practicing law in Michigan for decades. They’ve logged hundreds of thousands of miles traveling to virtually every county in Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, meeting with clients, and doing the work necessary to earn significant settlements on their clients’ behalf.

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Head and Brain Injury Lawyers Serving Michigan

A traumatic brain injury is a major concern and a serious condition that people might have to deal with after an accident. Healing and recovering from a brain injury is difficult enough without having to worry about getting compensation and a fair settlement for your accident. Matz Injury Law is here to help. Our expert brain injury lawyers can help you get fair treatment after your accident. Contact us or call 1-866-22Not33 for help today.

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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, is a type of brain injury that occurs after an accident or other type of personal injury that causes brain damage. If the brain tissue has damage after an accident, it qualifies as a TBI.

Any time a blow, bump or jolt to the head occurs, it can cause an injury. TBIs do not have to break the skin, as they can be closed head injuries. These types of injuries often happen after a car accident or slip and fall accident. A TBI is a severe brain injury that can have lifelong consequences. Many times, TBI victims can get legal compensation for their injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 223,050 people ended up in the hospital due to TBIs in 2018, and in 2019 60,611 people died as a result of these injuries. Those that are age 75 and older are at the highest risk of TBI hospitalizations and death, and men are more likely to be in the hospital for TBIs than women. Children are also at higher risk than non-elderly adults.

Whether you are in a high-risk group or not, getting prompt medical and legal care after a TBI accident is vital to your recovery. Yet these injuries can often go undetected because they cause few initial symptoms. Knowing what a TBI is and how it might manifest is important.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

One of the reasons that it can be hard for people to get the right medical attention after a brain injury is because they don’t recognize the symptoms. Because many TBIs do not leave you with a cut or wound that you can clearly see, you may not realize how severe your damage is. The most impactful signs and symptoms may not show up for weeks and months, leaving victims unaware that their problems stem from the accident.

Some signs that you or a loved one may be suffering from a TBI include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Change in sleep pattern
  • Mood or behavioral changes
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Unusual taste in the mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness

Each of these indicates a mild issue with brain tissue. However, people are often quick to discount them as not a big deal.

More severe brain injuries may cause:

  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to wake up
  • Seizures
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Headache that keeps getting worse
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Increased confusion
  • Agitation
  • Weakness in the extremities
  • Loss of consciousness

If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to get medical help right away. These can indicate a medical emergency. You should not overlook or ignore these symptoms.

Seek Medical Treatment at the First Sign of a TBI

Whether you have mild or severe symptoms of head trauma, you need immediate medical treatment, followed by legal advice to understand your rights and options.

If left untreated, a traumatic brain injury can cause long-term effects for the injured individual. In addition to the medical expenses they have at the outset for their initial treatment, they may require ongoing therapy and treatment. Sometimes these injuries lead to lifelong impairments of some sort, which require therapy and support. That’s why prompt legal and medical care is so important.

Unfortunately, the initial effects of head trauma can go unnoticed, and they can also be easily explained away as a normal issue after an accident. Most people expect to feel dizzy or have a headache after an accident, so they may not seek medical care. Failing to get help right away can cause even more damage because of a lack of treatment. Getting medical care and a CT scan in a timely manner after an auto accident or other head trauma is vital to your healing.

Common Causes of Brain Injury

So what can cause a traumatic brain injury? While any blow to the head can, some common reasons we see people seeking legal help for head trauma include:

Many of these issues are personal injury cases that deserve legal help. TBI victims are often able to receive compensation for their injuries, but they need the help of an experienced attorney to protect their legal rights.

Types of Compensation After a Severe Brain Injury

Because of the potential long-term consequences of a severe brain injury, victims have many types of compensation they can claim. These include:

  • Coverage for medical bills
  • Ongoing therapy
  • Assistive devices for any disabilities the accident caused
  • Compensation for emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost wages and earning potential
  • In-home care for severe injuries

Without the right legal help, you may overlook some of these categories. For that reason, you should always work with an accident attorney who understands brain injuries after you suffer from one.

How to File a Brain Injury Lawsuit

If you or a loved one is suffering from one of these types of brain injuries, you need to get legal help quickly. Start with your medical care, then reach out to an attorney as soon as you possibly can. As with all personal injury cases, filing your claim in a timely manner may be necessary to protect your rights.

The Filing Process

If you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit, your Michigan brain injury lawyer will start the process by digging into the details of your case. They will talk with medical providers to determine the extent of your injuries and any disabilities those injuries created.

After negotiating with your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company, your brain injury attorney will file a claim on your behalf, ensuring you get fair compensation. If negotiations fail, this might even mean going to court to argue your case in front of a judge. The law firm will fight tirelessly to ensure you get enough compensation to cover all of your injuries and the ongoing care they require.

This process is challenging and has many potential problems. Many people who are in the aftermath of an injury need to focus on healing and recovery, not compensation and insurance claims. Matz Injury Law is here to help you get the legal advice you need to protect your rights and ensure you get the money you need to move forward.

Why You Need an Attorney

Traumatic brain injuries can have long-term, life-altering effects, and these conditions are often the fault of another party. While you can work with insurance companies to try to get a fair settlement, sadly, they are not working on your behalf.  Especially in the case of motor vehicle accidents, insurance companies usually want to pay as little as possible. That’s why you need to reach out to a personal injury lawyer who has experience with helping brain injury victims for a case evaluation.

When you have a skilled brain injury lawyer fighting for you, you have a better chance of getting a high settlement amount. Your Michigan brain injury attorney knows the ins and outs of the filing and settlement business, and this increases your likelihood of success while decreasing the chances that you will get something denied on a technicality.

Why Choose Matz Injury Law?

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic or penetrating head injury, you need the right traumatic brain injury attorney on the job. Matz Injury Law helps Macomb County and all of Michingan injury victims fight for their rights.

Matz Injury Law has a long history of successful cases, with over $300 million in successful settlements for clients in Grand Rapids, Southfield, Detroit, and many of the surrounding communities. We know what it takes to get a fair settlement that accounts for all of your needs, so you can focus on your healing. Our goal is to get you compensation for your medical bills and the trauma your accident has caused.

Matz injury Law has been providing support to brain injury victims and their families for over 30 years. We help you get the medical care and services you need and deserve, without having to worry about insurance negotiations. We work tirelessly to ensure you are fairly compensated for all of the trauma you’ve experienced.

Contact Matz Injury Law for a Free Consultation for Your Brain Injury Case

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Matz Injury Law has the experience, knowledge, and tenacity you need. Contact us today or call 1-866-22Not33 for a free consultation to discuss your brain injury case with our skilled attorneys.

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We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 33 1/3% because we are very, very, good at obtaining results for our clients. 

We do not spend millions of dollars on television ads; instead, we offer a lower fee to all our clients.  We do not have dozens of lower paid associates handling our work. All our clients are represented by Steven and Jared Matz. Steven Matz started the firm in 1977 and since then has dedicated his life to representing injury victims.  Jared joined the firm in 2016 but grew up listening to stories, discussing theories, and generally learning at the dinner table about how to effectively and compassionately represent injury victims. Jared Matz was literally born to represent individuals involved in motor vehicle crashes.

All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee and all our cases are handled at 22%. Whether the case settles or goes through trial, the fee does not change. While our competitors make excuses as to why they charge so much, we are obtaining results for our clients at a lower fee.

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