Seeking Compensation for Brain Stem Injuries Caused by Negligence

A brain stem injury is likely to bring catastrophic changes to your day-to-day life that make it difficult or impossible to work a day job or go about normal activities. The brain stem plays a direct role in the natural reflexes generally taken for granted, but that are necessary for normal bodily function. Swallowing, breathing, regulating heart rate, and muscle movements can all be impacted by brain stem harm. That means an accident victim who has suffered a brain stem injury may have to deal with:

  • Balance problems
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) 
  • Language and speaking issues
  • Locked-in syndrome (conscious total body paralysis)
  • Muscle weakness and numbness in muscles
  • Respiratory issues like apnea, hyperventilation, and hypoventilation
  • Vegetative state

Obviously, a victim in a long-term coma or suffering from locked-in syndrome will require 24-hour care, which is typically extremely expensive and may prevent the primary caregiver from working. In other cases, ongoing therapy may also be required for re-learning how to properly swallow and regulate breathing. 

With no way to pay for treatment costs as bills are piling up, your financial recovery hinges on pursuing a settlement or filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. A skilled Virginia TBI attorney can help whether the accident involved a premises liability issue in a slip and fall, a negligent driver who caused a crash, or an incident where a baby was purposefully and forcefully shaken. Damages in a brain stem injury case can potentially include:

  • Costs for around-the-clock care
  • Lost wages and loss of future earning potential
  • Non-economic damages like pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Therapy sessions 
  • Wrongful death


Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims
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