Brain Injury Lawyer


Proving the cause of a brain injury is often tricky, which leaves the family members of many injured victims wondering where to turn for help. At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, we are well-equipped to be your advocate and help you collect the compensation your loved one requires. You only have a limited time to file—give yourself the best chance at a successful outcome by contacting our Salt Lake City attorneys today.

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WEBVTT 00:00:06.957 --> 00:00:10.686 Another issue that we run into regularly is brain injury. 00:00:11.343 --> 00:00:14.719 Brain injury can happen from a whole host of problems. 00:00:14.720 --> 00:00:20.614 Maybe it's a medication overdose, maybe it's a bad birthing process. 00:00:20.760 --> 00:00:25.519 It can be even raising someone's sodium too fast can actually cause brain damage. 00:00:25.520 --> 00:00:26.799 Regardless of the cause, 00:00:26.800 --> 00:00:32.043 that can be one of the challenges in a medical case is proving brain damage. 00:00:32.044 --> 00:00:33.786 It's not something that you can just look at. 00:00:34.043 --> 00:00:36.157 You can't just say, there's brain damage. 00:00:36.158 --> 00:00:39.520 A lot of times, there are hypoxic injuries 00:00:39.550 --> 00:00:42.957 that don't show up on radiological imaging like an MRI. 00:00:43.743 --> 00:00:45.729 We have a host of experts 00:00:45.730 --> 00:00:48.843 that we'll work with, like neurologists, neuroradiologists, 00:00:48.844 --> 00:00:51.214 that will do their best to interpret what they can 00:00:51.215 --> 00:00:52.680 from the radiological imaging. 00:00:52.857 --> 00:00:56.300 But then we'll also rely on neuropsych experts 00:00:56.301 --> 00:00:58.457 to do a battery of tests to say, 00:00:58.458 --> 00:01:01.714 "Okay, here's where your cognitive functioning is, 00:01:01.715 --> 00:01:05.079 and here's where it should be," to try to demonstrate those problems. 00:01:05.080 --> 00:01:07.043 If they have physical manifestations, 00:01:07.157 --> 00:01:12.086 like in a stroke where there's hemiparesis or slurred speech or whatever it is, 00:01:12.286 --> 00:01:17.581 we may also bring in vocational experts or physiatrist experts 00:01:17.582 --> 00:01:20.485 to try to talk about the physical impact 00:01:20.486 --> 00:01:22.800 and detriment that that will have on somebody's life. 00:01:23.114 --> 00:01:26.514 Brain injury cases, again, they can have a whole host of causes, 00:01:26.957 --> 00:01:30.000 but they in themselves proving the brain injury, 00:01:30.001 --> 00:01:32.800 quantifying the brain injury is a challenge in and of itself. 00:01:33.320 --> 00:01:36.314 If you find yourself involved in a case 00:01:36.315 --> 00:01:38.613 where you believe there is medical negligence, 00:01:38.614 --> 00:01:41.114 the first thing you need to do is contact an attorney. 00:01:41.771 --> 00:01:45.114 There are strict statute of limitations in the state of Utah 00:01:45.115 --> 00:01:49.157 that have teeth, and you need to get an attorney sooner than later. 00:01:49.643 --> 00:01:52.559 They're fairly short. They can be one or two years. 00:01:52.560 --> 00:01:54.189 Try to be an advocate for yourself. 00:01:54.190 --> 00:01:57.119 Talk to the doctors, try to get answers for what's going on. 00:01:57.120 --> 00:02:00.243 But if the damage is done, try to keep good records. 00:02:01.143 --> 00:02:02.319 Take notes. 00:02:02.320 --> 00:02:05.814 Once you've contacted an attorney, write notes to your attorney. 00:02:05.815 --> 00:02:07.200 Discuss them with your attorney. 00:02:07.200 --> 00:02:08.757 Make sure that your attorney is up to speed 00:02:08.758 --> 00:02:10.044 and knows what's going on 00:02:10.243 --> 00:02:13.400 so that you can make sure that you're getting the best representation possible.

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, our attorneys have decades of combined experience in complex cases. We represent clients in all types of personal injury cases, with a special focus on medical malpractice claims. Our firm is associated with the following professional organizations:

  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (801) 335-6467.

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