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Brain Injury

Tacoma, Washington Attorneys Litigate Brain Injury Cases

Our experienced team fights for your loved one’s full compensation

If you have a loved one who has suffered a brain injury, personal care and management of that individual’s health regimen probably dominates your waking hours. The team approach we take at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC can relieve you of the responsibility of seeking compensation for your loved one. When you put our team on your side, you can tend to your loved one’s immediate needs, while we fight to eliminate your financial burdens. We are committed to providing aggressive advocacy for actionable cases of brain injury, including damage resulting from:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) — This results from an impact to the skull, a penetration of the skull or severe shaking that tears brain tissue. Common causes include car accidents, explosions and falls.
  • Edema — Swelling of the brain that follows head trauma can be more dangerous to the brain than the initial blow. Negligent treatment of a head wound at the ER can allow edema to cause greater damage.
  • Hypoxia — Lack of oxygen can destroy brain cells. An anesthesia error during surgery can induce hypoxia sufficient to cause brain damage.
  • Infection — Viral and bacterial infections can cause encephalitis, a dangerous swelling of the brain that contributes to the destruction of brain cells. A doctor’s failure to diagnose an infection can be grounds for malpractice.

Understanding the prognosis for a brain injury patient

Key to recovering fair compensation is clear knowledge of the extent of the damage. A distressing aspect of brain injury is that brain cells, once destroyed, do not regenerate, and the degree to which undamaged areas of the brain can compensate for that loss is impossible to gauge. Brain injury patients are likely to experience:

  • Cognitive deficits — Confusion, shortened attention span and memory problems
  • Motor deficits — Poor balance, spasticity, tremors, paralysis, loss of endurance and weakness
  • Perceptual or sensory deficits — Changes in sensory experience, loss of sensation or hypersensitivity in body parts, vision problems
  • Communication and language deficits — Aphasia, apraxia, slowness of speech, problems reading or writing
  • Functional deficits — Trouble with everyday activities and organization, inability to drive
  • Social difficulties — Self-centered behavior, difficulty making/keeping friends, boundary issues
  • Regulatory disturbances — Fatigue, sleep disruption, dizziness, headaches, loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Personality or psychiatric changes — Apathy, lethargy, anxiety, irritability, moods swings, loss of inhibitions, angry outbursts
  • Traumatic epilepsy — Major and minor seizures

Our personal injury attorneys work closely with your medical team to ensure we have a detailed understanding of your loved one’s condition.

Going beyond the limitations of medical diagnostics in brain injury cases

In milder cases of brain injury, medical diagnostics may show normal brain function even though the patient is experiencing real and significant symptoms. Under those circumstances, testimonial evidence from medical professionals, family members, friends and co-workers become vitally important to establishing a damage claim. We assemble the testimony necessary to present a complete and vivid account of your loved one’s life before and after the injury event so the defendants, judge and jury appreciate the human toll that justifies a damage award.

Let our team of experienced trial attorneys manage your brain injury litigation in Tacoma

A permanent spinal injury requires compensation for your lifetime. The dedicated lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC are committed to securing the maximum damage recovery possible. Call 253-383-5388 or contact us online to arrange your free consultation.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
Case Results
  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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Awards and Affiliations
  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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