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Know the Law: Brain Injuries

Posted at 10:15 AM, Dec 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 10:53:51-05

The statistics are daunting. One in every 60 people in the US lives with a brain injury disability. What if one of those people is you or a family member? And what if the brain injury happened as a result of someone else’s carelessness? Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer, Tom Sinas, works daily with people living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and provides an overview of brain injury law this week on “Know the Law.”

Sinas said people can suffer brain injuries, in a variety of ways and that the injury itself can manifest itself in a whole variety of ways different perhaps, than any other injury to the body. He added that a brain injury is different than really any part of the body and so an injury to that part of the body in the context of a personal injury case, just by definition makes that personal injury case, very different. Sinas used words like complicated and unique.

These cases are different than other personal injury law cases, Sinas said. There are a lot of things about them that are the same in terms of some of the legal concepts that apply across personal injury cases. But Sinas things they're different in one important respect, and that really is the role of medical evidence and medical testimony. In the case you're of course not only dealing with physicians who treat brain injuries but you're dealing with a whole continuum of specialized therapists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, people who have a special discipline in the diagnosis and treatment of brain injury. And their role in the case is so important because they are the ones who can speak to the nature of the brain injury in that particular person, how it is that we can know and understand what parts of the brain have been affected. And then what does the future hold for that particular person and that particular brain injury this is a much more complicated analysis.

If somebody gets into a car crash, smacks their head on a window, those are different. Of course, car crashes are a very common way for someone to sustain a brain injury. Listen to hear Sinas explain the difference and the importance of knowing your legal rights.

When it comes to the legal rights of victims, no better place than Sinas Dramis Law Firm. Find them online at, shoot them an email by messaging or call 616-301-3333. Sinas said there is also a lot of good information out there by the Brain Injury Association of America and the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.

Know the Law is sponsored by Sinas Dramis Law Firm.