Kansas Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Meet Our Dedicated TBI Attorneys

Navigating the complex legal landscape of traumatic brain injuries can be daunting, which is why it's crucial to have the right team by your side. At SRC Law Group, our team of expert attorneys, Phil Stein, Adam Chingren, and Ashley E. Repp, combine their extensive experience, expertise, and dedication to fight for justice for our clients.

Phil Stein, Personal Injury Lawyer

Phil Stein, Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Phil Stein

Founding attorney Phil Stein has a distinguished career that spans over a decade in the intricate field of criminal defense. His journey commenced with handling serious and complex criminal matters as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, equipping him with an invaluable skill set. Phil's experience as an Assistant District Attorney in the Sex Crimes Division bestowed upon him an exceptional proficiency in analyzing forensic evidence such as DNA, toxicology, and computer/phone forensics, a critical asset in TBI cases.

Phil’s legal acumen extends beyond prosecution. He spent a significant part of his career with a well-respected defense firm, managing a vast spectrum of city, state, and federal criminal matters. As a defense attorney, Phil tirelessly represented clients across Kansas and Missouri, handling cases from DUIs to homicides. This extensive trial experience assures you that Phil's aggressive defense strategies are backed by experience, expertise, and a proven track record, making him a reliable choice for your TBI case.

Adam Chingren, Personal Injury Lawyer

Adam Chingren, Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Adam Chingren

Another founding attorney of SRC Law Group, Adam Chingren, brings to the table an unmatched passion for justice and a comprehensive understanding of both civil litigation and criminal law. His legal journey began in civil litigation, focusing on family law, before transitioning to the Office of the Public Defender in Johnson County, Kansas. Here, Adam worked on over 500 felony cases, enriching his expertise and practical knowledge of the criminal justice system.

With multiple successful trial experiences under his belt, Adam's robust skills extend to arguing cases both in District court and before the Kansas Court of Appeals. His nationally recognized expertise, as demonstrated by his awards from the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, fortifies his reputation as a reliable and authoritative legal ally in your TBI case. His experience with various criminal cases, including those involving TBIs, positions him to handle the complexities of your case with both expertise and assertiveness.

Ashley E. Repp, Personal Injury Lawyer

Ashley E. Repp, Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Ashley E. Repp

Ashley E. Repp, a founding criminal defense attorney at SRC Law Group, is known for her dedication to her clients and her determination to bring them justice. Ashley’s career began as an assistant prosecutor, where she specialized in DWI/DUI cases and sex-related offenses. She later transferred to focus on crimes against children, during which time she became a certified forensic interviewer. This unique background gives her an edge in understanding and defending cases involving trauma, such as TBIs.

Ashley’s career trajectory from prosecuting DWI/DUI, sex-related offenses, and even multiple homicide cases, to defense attorney, showcases her wide-ranging experience in the field of criminal law. Her hardworking and driven approach, combined with her dedication to each case, make her a trustworthy and authoritative attorney for your TBI case. Ashley's individualized approach to each case, bolstered by her experience, assures you of a tailored strategy to fight for your rights.

At SRC Law Group, we bring together the expertise, experience, and trustworthiness of our attorneys to provide you with the strongest possible representation in your TBI case.

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Recognizing the Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most severe types of injuries that individuals can sustain, often resulting in profound and lasting impacts on a person's life. These injuries can occur from a variety of incidents, such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, or any incident involving a forceful blow or jolt to the head.

Recognizing the signs of a TBI is a critical step towards obtaining the necessary medical treatment and legal assistance. While symptoms can vary depending on the severity and location of the injury, there are common signs to be aware of.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms often appear immediately after the incident or gradually over several hours or days. These can include persistent headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty balancing, and sensitivity to light or sound. More severe cases may involve seizures, dilated pupils, loss of coordination, or unconsciousness.

Cognitive and Sensory Symptoms

TBIs can also impact cognitive and sensory abilities. Victims might experience memory or concentration problems, mood swings, or feelings of depression or anxiety. Sensory symptoms can involve blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, changes in the ability to smell, or sensitivity to light or sound.

Speech and Language Symptoms

Language and speech can also be affected by TBIs. This could manifest as slurred speech, difficulty swallowing or chewing, or trouble finding the right words when speaking or writing.

Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms

TBIs often result in emotional or behavioral changes, which can be confusing for both the victim and their loved ones. These changes can include mood swings, depression, anxiety, irritability, changes in sleeping patterns, and even personality changes.

Symptoms might not appear immediately

It's important to note that these symptoms might not appear immediately after the incident but could emerge days or even weeks later. Hence, it's crucial to seek immediate medical attention after any accident, even if you initially feel fine.

Once you have sought medical attention, it's vital to consult with an experienced brain injury attorney. They can help you understand your legal rights, guide you through the legal process, and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and associated costs.

At SRC Law Group, we understand the complexity and severity of traumatic brain injuries. Our team is ready to guide you through each step of your journey, providing you with the support and expertise you need during this challenging time.

Statutes of Limitations for TBI Cases in Kansas

When dealing with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in Kansas, it's crucial to understand the legal timeframes that can impact your ability to pursue compensation. In Kansas, like in many other states, the law sets a specific period, known as the statute of limitations, within which you must initiate a personal injury lawsuit. This statute serves to ensure the integrity of evidence, witness accounts, and overall fairness in litigation.

For personal injury cases, including those involving TBIs, the statute of limitations in Kansas is generally two years. This means that from the date of the injury, you have two years to file a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for your injury. If you fail to initiate legal action within this timeframe, your case will most likely be dismissed by the courts, barring very few exceptions.

Special Considerations for TBI Cases Stemming from Medical Malpractice

However, if your TBI has resulted from medical malpractice, such as surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or other medical negligence, the timeframe is slightly different. In such cases, the statute of limitations is also generally two years, but it starts from the date when the malpractice was or should have been discovered. This aspect recognizes that victims may not be immediately aware of medical malpractice.

Filing Claims Against Government Entities in Kansas: Special Timelines

Moreover, when it comes to claims against government entities or employees in Kansas, a different timeline applies. For such cases, a formal claim must be filed with the appropriate governmental agency within a year of the injury. If the claim is denied, a lawsuit can then be initiated within 90 days of the denial notice.

While these timeframes provide a general guideline, it's crucial to remember that every TBI case is unique. Various factors, such as the victim's age or the nature of the injury, can potentially affect the applicable statute of limitations. Therefore, it's always recommended to seek prompt legal advice when dealing with TBIs to ensure that you protect your right to compensation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are among the most complex and challenging cases to navigate within the legal landscape. At SRC Law Group, we have a deep understanding of these complexities, honed through our extensive experience as former prosecutors and trial lawyers.

Understanding the Medical and Legal Implications of Diverse Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs can present themselves in a variety of forms, from mild concussions to severe injuries that could lead to permanent disability or even death. They are often a result of different types of accidents, including vehicular accidents, falls, workplace accidents, or acts of violence. Each case has its own unique set of circumstances, requiring an intricate understanding of both the medical and legal implications.

Our attorneys have developed a strong foundation in understanding the medical aspect of these injuries, including the analysis of diverse forms of forensic evidence such as DNA, toxicology, and computer/phone forensics. This knowledge aids in comprehending the severity of the injury, the prognosis, and the long-term implications for the victim, which are essential elements in building a compelling case.

Establishing Negligence and Pursuing Justice in TBI Cases

From a legal standpoint, TBIs often involve complex issues around determining fault and proving negligence. These cases require meticulous investigation, gathering and presenting of evidence, and effective negotiation with insurance companies. The ability to demonstrate convincingly the link between the negligent act and the TBI is vital for a successful outcome.

Attorney Phil Stein's vast trial experience and profound understanding of forensic evidence, combined with Attorney Adam Chingren's extensive criminal case expertise and recognized skill in court advocacy, and Attorney Ashley E. Repp’s specific focus on cases involving trauma, ensures a robust representation for TBI victims.

Personalized Legal Strategy and Relentless Advocacy for TBI Victims

We, at SRC Law Group, leverage our collective expertise to unravel the complexities of these cases, gathering and analyzing the critical evidence, liaising with medical professionals, and developing a strong case strategy. We are adept at tackling insurance companies and fighting relentlessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

We understand that every TBI case is unique and requires a tailored approach. We take the time to understand your situation, offer personalized advice, and formulate a legal strategy best suited to your circumstances. With SRC Law Group by your side, you can be assured that your TBI case will be handled with the utmost care, professionalism, and diligence, maximizing your chances of a favorable outcome.

Recovering Maximum Compensation for Victims

Recovering maximum compensation for victims of traumatic brain injuries is not just about recompensing financial losses; it’s about restoring dignity, securing futures, and enabling recovery and rehabilitation. At SRC Law Group, this forms the backbone of our practice. We understand that the effects of a TBI are not merely physical, they stretch across emotional and financial dimensions, causing ripples in the victim’s life and their loved ones.

Medical Bills

Medical bills can quickly become a towering expense following a TBI. Emergency medical care, neurologists, physical therapists, psychiatric help, speech therapists - the list of required medical experts is vast and varied. Then there are ongoing rehabilitation costs that continue long after the incident. At SRC Law Group, we appreciate the gravity of these expenses, and part of our mission is to ensure that you are not burdened by these costs due to someone else's negligent or reckless actions.

Lost Wages

However, the financial strain of a TBI doesn't stop at medical costs. Lost wages from an inability to work, either temporarily or permanently, can significantly impact the financial stability of a victim and their family. Our skilled attorneys understand the nuanced complexities involved in accurately calculating these losses to ensure that your compensation fully covers both your present and future financial needs.

Emotional Trauma

Lastly, we acknowledge the emotional trauma and the less tangible consequences of a TBI. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment in life – these are real damages that might not have a direct monetary equivalent but are crucial elements of your compensation. These so-called non-economic damages can be hard to quantify, but our experienced attorneys have the expertise to effectively calculate and present these damages to ensure they are recognized and adequately compensated.

When you entrust your TBI case to SRC Law Group, you're not just getting legal representation - you're gaining allies who will tirelessly fight for your rights. We are committed to recovering the maximum compensation you deserve, not only for the immediate expenses but also for the long-term costs of your recovery journey. Allow us to shoulder your legal burdens, so you can focus on the most important task – your healing and rehabilitation.

Understanding the Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) encompass a broad range of conditions that can occur when an external force, such as a blunt force or rapid acceleration and deceleration, injures the brain. The impact can result in physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments that can range from mild to severe, temporary to permanent. It's crucial to comprehend the diverse types of TBIs to fully understand the legal implications and potential compensation due to the victim. The attorneys at SRC Law Group in Kansas City are seasoned in dealing with a wide array of TBI cases and can provide the specialized support necessary for each unique case.

1. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion:

Often deemed as mild TBIs, concussions are the most common type of brain injury. Despite being labeled as "mild," they can still lead to significant cognitive, physical, and emotional problems. They often occur as a result of a sudden change in movement or impact. Symptoms can include headaches, confusion, dizziness, and temporary loss of consciousness.

2. Moderate to Severe TBI:

Moderate to severe TBIs occur when a significant force impacts the head, causing loss of consciousness, memory loss, or significant cognitive impairment. These injuries can lead to long-term or permanent changes in a person's state of consciousness, responsiveness, and cognition.

3. Closed Head Injuries:

Closed head injuries are TBIs where the skull remains intact. They can occur from rapid back and forth movement of the brain within the skull, such as in car accidents or falls. Despite the lack of an open wound, these injuries can cause significant damage, as they can lead to brain swelling and intracranial pressure.

4. Open or Penetrating Head Injuries:

Open head injuries occur when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain, typically causing focal damage to a particular area of the brain. These injuries are often severe and can result in significant physical and cognitive impairments.

5. Diffuse Axonal Injuries (DAI):

DAIs are caused by strong rotation or shaking forces, leading to tearing of the brain's connective tissue. This type of injury can cause a wide range of functional impairment and is often seen in instances of severe trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents or physical abuse.

6. Coup-Contrecoup Injuries:

These injuries occur when the force impacting the head is strong enough not only to cause a contusion at the site of impact, but also on the directly opposite side of the brain. This happens when the impact causes the brain to move within the skull, striking the opposite side.

As experienced TBI lawyers, we understand the nuances of these different types of injuries and their potential long-term implications. With a deep understanding of the medical, personal, and legal aspects of TBI cases, the SRC Law Group is uniquely positioned to advocate for victims effectively. Whether your TBI was due to a fall, a car accident, or another form of negligence, we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Facing the Long-term Costs of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a significant health concern that go far beyond the immediate aftermath of the injury. The impact of a TBI can last a lifetime, with survivors often facing a daunting array of medical, personal, and financial challenges. At SRC Law Group, we are well aware of these long-term costs and we're here to guide you every step of the way.

The immediate medical treatment of a traumatic brain injury can be overwhelming and expensive, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. Long-term, ongoing medical care is often required, which may include

  • physical therapy,
  • speech therapy,
  • psychological support,
  • and regular check-ups.

Medications and Medical Devices

Medications and medical devices may become a necessary part of everyday life, and adaptive equipment or modifications to your home might be required to accommodate new physical limitations. These ongoing medical expenses can put a significant financial burden on TBI survivors and their families.


Furthermore, the need for continuous rehabilitation can last for several years or even a lifetime, depending on the severity of the injury. Physical, cognitive, and emotional rehabilitation services are often necessary to assist survivors in regaining lost skills and learning new ways to accomplish everyday tasks. This not only represents an ongoing cost but also demands a significant time commitment from both the TBI survivor and their support network.

Lifelong Care

Lifelong care needs may arise, especially in severe TBI cases. This could involve professional caregiving services, residential care, or extensive support from loved ones, all of which come with substantial emotional and financial costs.

Potential Loss of Earning Capacity

One of the most profound long-term impacts of a TBI is the potential loss of earning capacity. Survivors may face diminished job prospects, have to accept lower-paying work, or become unable to work altogether. The loss of income, compounded with increased expenses, can place a considerable strain on the financial stability of individuals and their families.

Quality of Life

Moreover, there's the decreased quality of life to consider. TBIs can result in emotional distress, loss of enjoyment in previously loved activities, and strained relationships. These non-economic damages, while harder to quantify, are just as real and significant as any other costs associated with TBIs.

At SRC Law Group, we work tirelessly to gather all necessary evidence, consult with medical experts, and employ our extensive legal expertise to build a compelling case. Our goal is to recover the maximum compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses, loss of income, rehabilitation costs, and the impact on your quality of life.

We believe in fighting for justice for our clients, and that means accounting for both the immediate and long-term costs of your brain injury.

When the Negligent Party is at Fault

Navigating a traumatic brain injury case is complex, and the process becomes even more complicated when the injury is a result of someone else's negligent or reckless actions. At SRC Law Group, we specialize in handling such cases, leveraging our deep understanding of the law and our robust experience to guide you through this intricate process.

If your TBI was caused by someone else's negligence - be it a careless driver, an irresponsible property owner, or a medical professional's malpractice - it's critical to recognize the legal path you'll need to follow to secure justice and compensation.

Conducting a Thorough Investigation

The initial step involves conducting a thorough investigation. Our attorneys, with their extensive background in criminal law, are equipped to meticulously gather and analyze all the pertinent evidence. We scrutinize medical records, accident reports, witness testimonies, surveillance footage, and other related information to establish the full extent of negligence involved.

dealing with Insurance Companies

It's important to remember that these cases often involve dealing with insurance companies. These entities are known for their sophisticated strategies to minimize payouts or even deny liability altogether. Our attorneys, Phil Stein, Adam Chingren, and Ashley E. Repp, have extensive experience in negotiating with insurance companies. They understand the tactics these companies use and are adept at countering them to ensure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Take Your Case to Trial

At times, it may be necessary to take your case to trial to secure a fair resolution. Our team includes former prosecutors and trial attorneys with a proven track record of success in the courtroom. They bring their formidable experience, strategic acumen, and tenacity to bear, fighting relentlessly for your rights and the justice you deserve.

Securing Compensation

Remember, it's not just about receiving compensation for the medical expenses you've already incurred. We also fight to secure compensation for any future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other long-term effects of your injury.

At SRC Law Group, our commitment is unwavering – to support you in this challenging journey, to keep your best interests at heart, and to work relentlessly towards securing the maximum compensation for your traumatic brain injury. We stand by you, advocating for your rights and ensuring that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions.

Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are often more concerned with their bottom line than providing the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys, with their extensive experience in negotiations, will tirelessly advocate for you, ensuring you are not short-changed in the settlement process.

At SRC Law Group, we are more than just your legal representatives. We are your allies, your advocates, and your partners in the fight for justice. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact us today for a free consultation. Let our experience and dedication work for you.

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