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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Hawaii

In Hawaii, we have over 10,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBI), emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths every year. When a traumatic brain injury accident occurs, you may think you will never feel the same. At Empire Law, our Maui brain injury lawyer’s legal experience can help start the process of bringing you a sense of relief. Don’t delay, contact expert Maui Brain Injury Attorney – Empire Law today!

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On this page, we hope to start to answer your most urgent questions about head injuries, your rights, and the damages you may recover for your medical bills. Here are some of the symptoms, why early testing and diagnosis is so important, how to treat and recover from a TBI, and how we can help you through this challenging time.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

Any blow to the head can disrupt the function of the brain. Though you may not see blood, you may have an internal head injury.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Troubled breathing
  • Balance issues
  • Confusion or brain fog
  • Headache
  • Hearing changes or ringing in the ears
  • Inappropriate emotional responses
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Clear or blood-tinged (cerebrospinal fluid) leakage from ears or nose
  • Dizziness
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Facial weakness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness, unresponsiveness, or lethargy
  • Slow pulse
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dilated pupils

Depending on the severity, brain injuries can lead to mild, moderate, or severe brain damage. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) estimates that over 10 million Americans live with disabilities due to traumatic brain injury, such as:

  • Vision changes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Decreased consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Changes in speech
  • Cognitive problems
  • Memory loss

Testing and Diagnosis Are Essential For Traumatic Brain Injury

To prevent further injury, health care professionals must stabilize patients as soon as possible after a traumatic brain injury. Doctors need to quickly assess the function of the heart and lungs. Secondarily, they will need to determine the patient’s level of consciousness.

Examining the patient’s pupils for light sensitivity and pressure can help brain injury health care professionals determine the extent of the damage. Often, they use a nerve assessment to test the brain injury patient’s level of consciousness. CT scans, x-rays, or MRIs are common tools to detect fractures or bleeding.

These necessary brain injury tests are expensive. An MRI in Hawaii usually costs around $1000 but can cost up to $5000 depending on the type of MRI the patient needs. Medical transportation, emergency room fees, surgeries, anesthesia, prescription drugs, and the length of stay at a hospital further contribute to and increase expenses. Medical expenses associated with traumatic brain injuries can add up to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If you suffered a traumatic brain injury, the last thing you need are overwhelming medical bills. We can help! The Team at Empire Law has the resources to fight to maximize your compensation.

Tell us about your brain injury accident. Our caring Maui Brain Injury Attorney will investigate your head injury case in a free consultation, with no obligation or fees.

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How to Treat a Traumatic Brain Injury

To successfully treat traumatic brain injuries, medial professionals have to deal with 2 issues, or “insults.” The first refers to the initial brain trauma (i.e. blow, bump, jolt). The secondary insults are any resulting injuries that may develop after the initial trauma.

A common example of a secondary insult is decreased blood flow to the brain after an injury that damages nerves and tissues. Treatment for traumatic brain injury should attempt to prevent or minimize the risk of secondary insults.


Bleeding (hematoma) and bruising (contusion) can compress the brain, increasing pressure within the patient’s skull. Surgery can relieve these symptoms. After surgery, patients will need to be monitored, usually in ICU, for swelling, bleeding, or other brain injuries.

Non-surgical procedures

Doctors will administer various non-surgical treatments to treat a TBI patient in an effort to stabilize blood pressure, body temperature, blood glucose levels, and other issues that could worsen nerve damage. Once this initial care is done, they frequently track changes in patients using intracranial pressure monitors and oxygen sensors.

Pediatric brain injury patients can be the most expensive to treat with ICU costs of up to $500,000 not being uncommon.


Rehabilitation is often needed after a brain injury. Services may be provided at the hospital, or the patient may need to be transported to a rehabilitation facility. Therapists will try to help the patient recover mobility and cognitive functions affected by the accident.

Even with therapy, severe head injuries can lead to long-term health problems affecting cognitive and motor function, sensation, and behavior. In the worst cases, brain injury patients may slip into a long-term coma or pass away from their injuries.

Billion are spent every year on brain injury treatment and rehabilitation. Patients staying in brain rehabilitation centers for months face an average of thousands of dollars per day in charges.

Long-term care

Traumatic brain injury victims may require long-term care. Those with severe brain injuries may live in a nursing home or have to stay at home with a caregiver.

Recovery From a Traumatic Brain Injury

The consequences of severe traumatic brain injury can affect all aspects of an individual’s life, including relationships, the ability to progress at school or work, doing normal household tasks, driving, or participating in other daily activities. Time spent getting treatment, undergoing tests, therapies, and surgeries only adds further stress. As medical bills begin to pile up, those who have brain injuries and their families may feel like they are drowning in debt. Getting relief can be as easy as hiring capable brain injury attorneys to file the right type of claim.

Filing medical insurance claims

If you are suffering from a brain injury or taking care of your loved one, wasting time is not an option. Rejections and delays can be devastating. The best course of action is to contact a Maui brain injury attorney before you file a claim. If you are in the process or you got a rejection letter, there’s still hope. When it comes to insurance claims, the details are essential. Some applicants experience problems because of missed deadlines, missing documentation, or paperwork errors.

Seeking damages for negligence or malpractice

If other parties played a role in your brain injury accident by being negligent, you can hold them responsible. Hawaii courts can order liable parties to pay financial damages for your injury. In other cases, companies or organizations are responsible for accidents.

How We Can Help You

Our firm can examine the circumstances of your accident to determine if you qualify to seek damages, which may include:

  • Economic damages – To cover medical care expenses, lost wages, future loss of earnings, etc.
  • Non-economic damages – To cover pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of society, emotional distress, etc.

Empire Law can help with paperwork, answer your questions, and even visit you where you are being treated if you can’t make it to our law firm’s location. Rather than worry about money, let our experienced team help you with the details of your case. Our Maui brain injury attorney is always willing and able go the distance for each of our injury cases. 










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