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Brain injury accidents can be complex, affecting more than one area of the victim’s life. Victims can struggle with daily self-care tasks, as well as with work, personal relationships, and everything in between. You may not even realize during a brief encounter that a certain person has a brain injury.

This complicates proving the full scope of the impact the injury has had on the victim’s life. Helping you determine the extent to which the TBI is affecting your ability to function as you did before the accident is one of the ways our Grand Rapids brain injury lawyer can help you.

If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury from another person’s negligence in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area, contact the knowledgeable team at Goodman Acker to review your case. Call our Grand Rapids brain injury lawyer at (248) 286-8100 today.

How Our Brain Injury Attorney in Grand Rapids Can Help You

Our traumatic brain injury attorney knows that going through an accident that wasn’t your fault can be a frustrating and frightening process, especially when you suffer a brain injury. You may be facing an uncertain future related to work and to your personal relationships. Your health problems may seem to linger, leaving you with ongoing medical bills, difficulty focusing on tasks, and challenging physical therapy sessions. Other people may not understand what you are feeling or facing, because they cannot see your brain injury like they could see a broken leg or a deep cut on your arm.

Trust that our Grand Rapids brain injury lawyer does understand the situation you are facing. We are ready to help you understand what the future will look like, and we will defend your rights to seek compensation. Our past clients know how hard we fought for them, and you can be certain we will do the same for you.

  • Fighting for compensation: We will seek to help you receive the largest possible compensation for your injuries, your missed work, and your ongoing pain and suffering after someone else’s actions caused an accident that left you with a brain injury.
  • Taking over negotiations: After your brain injury, the insurance company representing the party that caused the accident may call you repeatedly, asking you odd questions and trying to convince you that your injuries are not that serious. After you hire us, we take over all correspondence with the insurer, giving you time to focus on your recovery.
  • Listening to your story: You may feel like the insurance company is not listening to your concerns about your health. Trust that we will listen to you. We need to know exactly how you feel that your brain injury may affect your life going forward, so we can negotiate on your behalf accurately.
  • Going to court for you: Although many brain injury accident cases settle through negotiations, some insurers refuse to negotiate in good faith. Our Grand Rapids brain injury lawyer may then recommend taking your case to court, seeking a fair judgment for your injuries.

Why Choose Our Brain Injury Lawyer

When you are facing an uncertain future because of a brain injury or TBI, you don’t have the luxury of hiring a representative who only dabbles as a personal injury lawyer. You need to be able to trust that your legal team will be able to focus its attention on brain injury cases and personal injury cases, giving you the best chance of receiving the settlement amount you deserve.

Our Clients Trust Goodman Acker

We are proud of our track record of representing our past clients in cases ranging from brain injuries in car accidents to product liability accidents. Read our client testimonials to learn more about how clients feel about our team and about how hard we worked for them.

Led by founding partner Barry J. Goodman, our team has a singular goal of giving our clients the best possible level of service. We know that insurance companies rarely treat victims of accidents fairly. The insurer is trying to reduce the payment a victim can receive, because lower payouts to victims equals bigger profits for insurance companies. We know the tricks and techniques insurers use, and we know how to counteract them.

Goodman Acker Delivers Results

Because we deal with personal injury cases and brain injury accidents every day, we can give you a high level of service that is difficult for you to duplicate when you are trying to represent yourself. When you have significant injuries, the insurance company is going to assign numerous lawyers, adjusters, and investigators to your case, all in an effort to limit the amount it has to pay to you in a settlement. By hiring us, you will receive a team of experienced Grand Rapids brain injury lawyers ready to even the playing field against the insurance company.

Among our list of successful client results are multiple seven-figure settlements and a few eight-figure settlements. We cannot guarantee that you will receive that much, but you can be certain we will work tirelessly to try to win the largest amount for you, based on the circumstances in your particular case.

How Do I Know If I Have a Brain Injury? Our Michigan Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help

Brain graphic - Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Grand RapidsAny type of head injury can be severe, including concussion, closed head injury, traumatic brain injury, or hemorrhage. If you experience head trauma, you should seek medical attention immediately, even if you think nothing is wrong. Clear symptoms of a head injury do not always appear immediately after the accident. Sometimes, days go by before the victim is able to connect the head trauma to the symptoms, such as sensitivity to light, headaches, or dizziness. A doctor often can find evidence of the brain injury before you may realize you have symptoms.

Even what someone may consider to be a minor brain injury can leave you with permanent behavioral, sensory, physical, and cognitive issues. Such injuries may interfere with your ability to perform daily activities or to return to work. Our Michigan brain injury lawyer can help you determine whether you have a case regarding your brain injury accident.


How Do I Know If I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury? Our Grand Rapids TBI Lawyer Can Help.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually results from a sudden injury that damages the brain. A TBI may occur from a bump, jolt, or blow to the head, resulting in a closed head injury. It may also happen due to an object – such as a bullet, weapon, or shattered piece of skull – penetrating the brain and causing an injury.

Symptoms of a TBI can range from mild to severe, depending on the level of injury. Some TBIs result in permanent issues or even death. Even a mild TBI can have long-lasting, serious effects on a victim’s life. When someone else causes an accident or creates a dangerous situation that leads to your injury, you deserve compensation for all the ways the TBI is creating a reduction in your quality of life.

Our Grand Rapids brain injury lawyer is ready to discuss your case in a free consultation. Call us today at (248) 286-8100.

Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help You Understand Common Symptoms of a TBI

The symptoms a victim experiences after a traumatic brain injury will vary depending on how severe the brain damage is. According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy or fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Tired eyes or blurred vision
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Mood or behavioral changes
  • Memory, concentration, thinking, or attention troubles
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Dilation of the pupil
  • Numbness or weakness in legs or arms
  • Coordination issues
  • Increased agitation, confusion, or restlessness.

If you or someone you love experiences any of these symptoms, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Your healthcare provider will need to perform a complete physical examination to determine the severity of your TBI and the steps for treatment. Doctors may order imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan. The doctor may use the Glasgow Coma Scale to rate the TBI’s severity, based on your ability to move, speak, and open your eyes. With this information in hand, our traumatic brain injury lawyer can help you build a case toward receiving compensation from the party that caused your TBI.

Our Grand Rapids Brain Injury Lawyer Can Explain Common Causes of TBI

Your symptoms may indicate you suffered some sort of brain injury or TBI, but you may not be certain that your accident was serious enough to lead to this type of injury, meaning you are unsure whether you actually have a case. However, a number of preventable accidents can result in a severe injury, and our Grand Rapids TBI lawyer will help you determine exactly when your injury occurred and who the responsible party is.

TBIs Often Result From Car Crashes, and Our Grand Rapids Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help

A sudden injury to the head from something hitting your head, by a whiplash motion of the head, or by an object penetrating the skull can result in a traumatic brain injury, according to Michigan Health & Human Services. Even when you are wearing a seat belt, a car accident can create this type of sudden and violent injury. Another common cause of brain injuries occurs when someone does not maintain a safe space at a piece of property or at a retail building, leading to a slip and fall accident. Other common causes of TBIs include:

  • Falls
  • Child abuse
  • Sports injuries
  • Explosion injuries
  • Physical assault
  • Construction site accident
  • Workplace accident
  • Defective products.

Men are more likely than women to suffer from a TBI in their lifetime. Adults 65 and older are at a greater risk of hospitalization and death caused by a TBI. Falls are the most common cause of TBI in adults 65 and older, while motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause for young adults. Child abuse is the top cause for children under the age of five.


Our Grand Rapids Brain Injury Attorney Can Help You Find Potential Treatments for TBI

Treatment for a TBI will vary according to the brain injury’s severity, size, and location. For a mild TBI, such as a concussion, the treatment is often rest. Your healthcare professional may recommend you use over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce the headache associated with your brain injury. If you follow your doctor’s instructions, you should be able to return to your normal activities gradually, without much issue.

If symptoms of a mild TBI worsen, or if you develop new symptoms, you’ll need to check in with your healthcare provider again. You also may want to reach out to our traumatic brain injury attorney to learn more about your opportunities to seek compensation for your reduction in quality of life.

Treating a Severe TBI

A moderate-to-severe TBI will require a different type and level of treatment. The first task will be to stabilize you to prevent any further injury. This may occur in the emergency room after your accident or a day or two later, after you begin to notice some of the symptoms of a TBI. The medical team will check your blood pressure, oxygen levels, and the pressure inside your skull. Once you’re stable, treatments may include:

  • Surgery: Your healthcare professional may feel the need to limit the potential for additional damage to your brain by repairing skull fractures, removing damaged or dead brain tissue, removing hematomas, or relieving the pressure in the skull.
  • Medication: A doctor may prescribe a variety of medications to treat the symptoms of TBI, including anti-anxiety medications, anticoagulants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, stimulants, or muscle relaxants.
  • Rehabilitation: Therapy for cognitive, emotional, or physical difficulties may also be part of your treatment plan after a severe TBI. These therapies may include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive therapy, psychological counseling, and vocational counseling.

Our Grand Rapids Brain Injury Lawyer Can Even Suggest Specialists

Sometimes, you may feel like your current doctor is unsure how to best treat your condition. You may want to seek a second opinion, or you may want to reach out to a specialist. Because of our many years serving clients who have TBIs, our Grand Rapids brain injury attorney knows doctors who have a record of success with TBI treatments. We can make some suggestions to try to help you move forward in your treatment, if you would like some advice.

Some people who suffer a TBI end up with permanent disabilities or develop depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. These problems associated with a traumatic brain injury can impact your daily activities and quality of life. You deserve compensation for your emotional and physical struggles, as well as for any medical bills associated with the TBI that someone else caused. Our Michigan brain injury lawyer is ready to help you.

Attorney Barry Goodman


Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal injury attorney in a broader sense as well. [ Attorney Bio ]


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    Our Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Will Work to Help You Pursue Maximum Compensation

    If you believe that another party’s reckless or negligent behavior led to your TBI, reach out to the team at Goodman Acker. You may have a personal injury case. With more than 150 years of combined experience on our team, our Grand Rapids brain injury attorney can evaluate your specific case to determine whether you have the right and ability to pursue damages.

    Compensatory damages may include reimbursement of lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation services, chiropractic bills, future medical bills, and future lost wages, as well as emotional or mental anguish and pain and suffering. You may also receive punitive damages if the at-fault party is found to have acted maliciously or with gross negligence. At Goodman Acker, our experienced Grand Rapids brain injury lawyer can help you attempt to maximize your compensation package to eliminate the financial burden of dealing with your TBI.

    Reach Out to Goodman Acker and Our Grand Rapids Brain Injury Lawyer

    If you or someone you love experienced a traumatic brain injury, a concussion, or another type of head injury because of an accident that someone else caused, contact Goodman Acker by phone at (248) 286-8100 or via our secure online form to set up your free consultation today.

    We have an unparalleled success rate of 99%.

    Our traumatic brain injury lawyer is here to provide you with answers to your questions and to guide you through the process from beginning to end. Our Grand Rapids TBI lawyer will stand with you until your case reaches its favorable resolution.