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Michigan Brain Injury Attorney

The human brain can suffer irreparable damage if struck, jolted, or shaken, or if penetrated by a foreign object.  Brain injury can also occur from a lack of sufficient oxygen or blood flow to the brain – often a problem in medical errors (e.g., failure to properly monitor vital signs during a surgery, or giving excess pain medication slowing or stopping breathing), or from medical errors made at a hospital during a child’s delivery and birth.  Severity of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) ranges from “mild” to “severe” injuries.

What does the future hold after a brain injury? Will your loved one ever function normally again or live independently? If not, how will family pay for round-the-clock medical care needed for a safe, healthy, and quality life? Who will watch after and take care of the person when you no longer can? These are just some questions our clients with brain-injured family have asked us. And for each, we have successfully helped.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 30 percent of injury deaths in the United States are caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Survivors of brain injury face significant impairments of cognition, motor skills, vision, or hearing, or can have headaches, psychological issues, or other problems.

Leading causes for TBI injuries and deaths are:

  • Surgical operation (e.g., inadequate oxygen, low blood pressure, excessive anesthesia)
  • Bad birthing experience – including the use of forceps or vacuum extraction
  • Vehicle accidents (e.g., car, motorcycle, bike, airplane)
  • Blow to the head
  • Fall injury

A person who suffers a head injury with brain damage may lose some, or even all, mental functions. The brain controls not only a person’s ability to think and reason, but also control of body functions. Losing even some capability can be significant or devastating for the sufferer or family.

Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injuries are head wounds that occur due to something other than trauma or a congenital defect. ABIs are just as serious as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). Some conditions which may cause an Acquired Brain Injury include:

  • Aneurysms
  • Strokes
  • Tumors
  • lack of oxygen supply to the brain
  • Bacterial infections, like meningitis

Many times, doctors do not fully assess the damage that these conditions cause. Once the emergency has passed, they release the patient, even though the patient has sustained a brain injury.

Initial ABI symptoms are easy to dismiss, contributing to the misdiagnosis problem. Most doctors ascribe things like vomiting and unconsciousness to the trauma of the surgical procedure which addressed the underlying condition. In some patients, symptoms appear months – or even years – later, and may be intermittent or unpredictable.


How do you know if a person suffered brain injury? Certain symptoms should prompt a medical evaluation for brain damage, and even contacting an experienced attorney for resources and help. Symptoms of brain injury include:

  • Dizziness or lack of balance
  • Diminished hearing, taste, eyesight, or ringing in the ears
  • Inability to find words to convey thoughts
  • Slurred speech
  • Paralysis of any body part
  • Inability to plan body movements for simple tasks, such as gathering stamps or addressing labels to pay bills
  • Inability to focus thoughts or focusing too much on one or two ideas
  • Lack of hand or eye coordination
  • Inability to understand written or spoken words
  • Persistent sleepiness or wakefulness
  • Unexplained weakness
  • Chronic head or neck pain
  • Mood changes, like uncalled-for anger or sadness
  • Nausea


Because a brain injury can occur in many situations, identifying responsible parties will depend on what happened. Here are a few examples of brain damage caused by carelessness or misconduct of another (negligence):

  • An anesthesiologist who gave too much medication during surgery, or did not properly monitor a patient under anesthesia;
  • Negligent driver, vehicle owner, or employer of the driver causing a traffic crash;
  • A municipality with a public swimming pool where its lifeguard did not promptly rescue a submerged child;
  • An obstetrician who delayed a cesarean-section delivery.


Legal claims involving severe head or brain injuries require the utmost in attorney skill and experience. However, brain injury cases also require the guidance and expertise of qualified medical personnel.  At the Buchanan Firm, we have both.

Our Grand Rapids brain injury attorneys have a well-earned reputation for successfully handling serious and demanding personal injury cases.  Our professional staff includes a full-time, master-degreed nurse (Helen J. Hicks MSN, a former client with over 25 years of clinical nursing). We understand both the law and the medicine involved in brain injury cases.  This unique position allows us to perform medical reviews of our clients’ cases quickly and efficiently so that we can start building a case as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe brain injury, call the Buchanan Firm today.  We offer a free and confidential case evaluation and medical review and only charge a fee when we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf.  .