Kapuza Lighty Accident Injury Lawyers


If you suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you could have the right to bring a claim for your damages. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs as they are typically called, can be life-changing.

It’s not uncommon for victims to have long-term problems or experience permanent damage. Therefore, getting the compensation to pay for ongoing treatment is crucial.

Don’t attempt to handle a TBI claim on your own. Instead, retain an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

At Kapuza Lighty Accident Injury Lawyers, we understand the nuances of these complex claims. No two brain injury claims are alike. We will handle your case with the professionalism and personalized attention it deserves. Without the proper treatment, your brain injury could become worse over time.

You need a skilled attorney who can protect your rights and ensure you get the maximum compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Our lawyers at Kapuza Lighty Accident Injury Lawyers can assist in pursuing your right to compensation when the unthinkable happens.

Kapuza Lighty has Recovered Millions for Injured Clients.

At Kapuza Lighty, LLC, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for our clients as soon as possible. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you need the best legal representation possible in order to be fairly compensated. The personal injury attorneys at Kapuza Lighty fight hard to get the maximum settlement for your claim.

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Experience matters, especially when it comes to fighting for your rights after an injury. Our awards and memberships demonstrate our commitment to personal injury law and keeping up-to-date on legal developments to better serve you. We serve anyone in need of a personal injury attorney in Yakima and Yakima County.

Why Choose Kapuza Lighty Accident Injury Lawyers?

You have thousands of law firms to choose from in Washington. Understandably, you may be wondering what sets Kapuza Lighty apart from other firms. For one, we offer personalized service that you won’t find with many other TBI attorneys. Second, you won’t ever be just another case file on our desk. We genuinely care about all our clients, and our top priority is protecting your rights.

We empathize with what you are going through and understand the tremendous pressure and stress you and your family are under during this time. The last thing you need is to deal with insurance companies and attorneys that don’t care about your injuries or prognosis.

We will put our years of experience to work for you and handle all the arduous legal tasks while you concentrate on your recovery. We have a proven record of success with personal injury claims, including traumatic brain injury cases. Whether your brain injury is severe or relatively mild, we will provide the best representation possible.

Examples of prior brain injury case results include:

  • $2,000,000 settlement for a forklift accident resulting in a severe brain injury;
  • $1,955,000 settlement for a Yakima Valley woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident; and
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a motorcycle accident resulting in a brain injury; and
  • $100,000 for a trip and fall claim resulting in a concussion and dental injuries.

We’ve recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Schedule a meeting with us to learn more about how we can assist you with your traumatic brain injury.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

With a traumatic brain injury, there are three main categories of symptoms to watch for—physical, emotional, and cognitive.

Physical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can include blurred vision, dizziness, loss of vision, and repeated headaches.

Emotional symptoms include changes in mood, such as agitation, depression, or irritability. In addition, you may have a change in appetite and notice some overall personality changes. Cognitive symptoms of a TBI can include problems concentrating, short-term memory loss, amnesia, and disorientation.

Some brain injuries are initially undiagnosed because there was no impact on the head. Some victims do not realize they have a brain injury as there was no loss of consciousness either. However, unseen brain injuries can occur, such as whiplash in an auto accident.  

Types of a Traumatic Brain Injury

There are multiple types of traumatic brain injuries. Here’s a summary of some that commonly occur.


Concussions are probably one of the most common types of brain trauma. They can result from a direct impact to the head. But they can also happen through indirect impact, like a violent shaking that occurs with whiplash in a car accident.

While many people assume concussions are mild, they can present long-lasting problems, including post-concussion syndrome that can last months or even a year. While most people with a concussion fully recover, you should always seek medical treatment right away.    

Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries

A coup-contrecoup brain injury occurs when there are contusions on both sides of the brain. The first occurs when there is an impact to the head, while the second one results when the brain rebounds and hits the other side of the head.

Brain Contusions and Hematomas

Contusions involve severe bruising of brain tissue. If there is swelling (edema), you may need surgery to reduce your intracranial pressure; otherwise, you could have permanent damage.

Hematomas involve heavy bleeding around or into the brain. They are different from contusions. Contusions involve veins and capillaries that burst, while hematomas involve pooling blood outside of a blood vessel. Hematomas are typically more extensive and often more severe than contusions.

Penetrating Brain Injury

A brain injury that is penetrating means something pushed into the brain through the skull. These are common with stab wounds or gunshot injuries. Unfortunately, many penetrating brain injuries are fatal.

Diffuse Axonal Injury

A diffuse axonal injury is when the brain tears because it doesn’t move at the same rate as the skull. This occurs from intense twisting or shaking of the head, which can occur in car accidents too.

Potential Damages in a TBI Case

Damages in a traumatic brain injury claim will vary based on the circumstances of your case. However, many brain injuries involve permanent damage, even if the trauma is relatively minor.

When pursuing a claim for compensation, your TBI lawyer may ask for some or all of the following damages:

  • Medical expenses to date;
  • Future expected medical expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of earning capacity;
  • Disability;
  • Property damage;
  • Physical pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress; and
  • Loss of consortium.

Unfortunately, Washington is one of the only states that does not allow punitive damages in most lawsuits. Unlike other states, you cannot ask for extra damages in cases where the defendant’s behavior was intentional, reckless, or outrageous. Instead, your compensation is limited to compensatory damages such as those listed above.

Contact Our Brain Injury Law Firm Today

If you are suffering from a brain injury and need assistance pursuing a claim, let the skilled team of TBI attorneys at Kapuza & Lighty Accident Injury Lawyers help. We have decades of experience handling personal injury matters, including traumatic brain injuries.

Let us put our knowledge and expertise to work for you and fight for the compensation you are owed.

Contact our office online today or call (509) 866-4166 to schedule an initial consultation. Let us review your case and advise you on the best course of legal action.

Client Testimonials

I am 100% satisfied with his work

John Kapuza took on my motorcycle accident case and I am 100% satisfied with his work put in and the results that we received. If you and or your loved ones need someone who will fight, stand-up and or battle for you John is your Man. Kapuza during my lawsuit was Like family and I am seriously beyond blessed with my decision to have Kapuza represent me and get me every penny.

Michael J.


Motorcycle Accident

Greg and his staff were AMAZING

Greg and his staff were AMAZING when I was injured in a car accident. I didn't have to worry about anything. Greg and his staff are very experienced and made the process so easy for me! I would recommend Greg to anyone that has experienced an injury.

Amber E.


Car Accident

Thank you so, so much for taking over my case!

Thank you so, so much for taking over my case! You guys relieved all my stress and I could not be more appreciative!

Aspyn J.


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Discuss Your Case with a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

Our attorneys at Kapuza Lighty, PLLC are dedicated to assisting victims like you in recovering the top compensation available under Washington State law. Please contact our Yakima, WA office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case.