Traumatic Brain Injury

St. Louis Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Diagnosed with a TBI? Our Missouri Trial Team Can Help.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most severe injuries you can sustain, as their effects can take a toll on every aspect of your life. It can be very difficult to deal with an unpreventable TBI, and even more so when someone else is to blame for what happened. Fortunately, you may have the option to seek compensation for your losses, or damages, from that party in civil court.

Because the brain is the most complex organ in the human body, TBI cases are also complex and often have high stakes. For instance, the economic burden of a TBI typically reaches six figures in the first year—and most TBIs tend to last longer than a year. Add in a tarnished reputation for the party that caused your injury, and it is very unlikely that they will admit to their wrongdoing.

Entrust Your Case to Experienced Attorneys

At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our trial attorneys are committed to pursuing the truth and holding these negligent parties accountable. We have over 100 years of collective experience and understand the various types of expenses and losses you may have incurred. Our track record of success amounts to millions of dollars in compensation recovered for our clients, as well as acclaim from Super Lawyers®, The National Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice, U.S. News—Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” and more.

Call (314) 701-7722 to get your free case consultation with a St. Louis traumatic brain injury lawyer today.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The medical definition of a TBI is a brain injury that resulted from either (a) a violent blow to the head or body that caused the brain to slam against the skull or (b) an object, like a bullet, puncturing the brain. A TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. Even mild TBIs (mTBIs), or concussions, can seriously impair brain function and impact your life, however.

Concussion symptoms may include but are not limited to:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a minute
  • Feeling dazed and confused
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Speech issues
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating

Moderate to severe TBI symptoms may seem like exacerbated concussion symptoms, such as:

  • Loss of consciousness for minutes to hours
  • Profound confusion
  • Worsening or persistent headaches
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures

Components of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case

In St. Louis, you can only recover compensation for your TBI if you can prove the following elements of your case:

  • The other party owed you a duty of care;
  • They failed to fulfill that duty by committing negligence;
  • The negligence led to an accident; and
  • The accident caused you injury and to incur damages.

All TBI cases must prove these four elements, no matter the cause. For instance, a person who sustained a TBI in a car accident would need to prove that the other driver owed them a duty of care, which they did if they were on the road. Then, they would need to prove that the driver was negligent, such as by texting and driving or speeding. Next, they would have to show that the driver’s negligence caused an accident and thus their brain injury.

Similarly, if a medical professional caused a person’s TBI, that person would need to prove the existence of a doctor-patient relationship (duty of care), then that this medical professional violated that duty by negligently acting against or below industry standards. Again, the person would then need to prove that this directly caused their TBI.

A few other common causes of TBIs include:

  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Unsafe premises
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Defective products
  • Sports accidents

The above list is non-exhaustive. If you have reason to believe another’s negligence was to blame, contact a trial lawyer today.

Work with a Skilled Trial Team

There are time constraints to every case, so do not wait to get started on yours. Our trial lawyers at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm will take care of all the legal complexities and day-to-day work on your behalf. We will fight to obtain the best possible results for you and your family.

Contact our firm online today. If our St. Louis traumatic brain injury attorneys don’t win your case, you won’t be charged a dime!


  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Trailer Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor trailer injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

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    - Brenda M.
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