Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Help for Alabama TBI and concussion victims and their families
Every brain injury is different, and living with one presents a number of challenges that other injuries may not. A brain injury means your life is going to change, and the lives of your loved ones and caretakers will, too. When you need help, Mezrano Law Firm is there. Our Birmingham traumatic brain injury lawyers fight for families throughout Alabama. Call today to learn more about our services.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, covers a wide range of complex injuries affecting:
- Cognitive development or abilities
- Behavioral patterns
- Motor skills
- Sensory processing
You may have heard the term “mild traumatic brain injury” (mTBI) before, but you should know that this term is misleading. An mTBI is another word for a concussion – a very serious, though not always permanent – brain injury that can cause debilitating short-term effects. On average, almost a third of all mTBI are misdiagnosed or left undiagnosed, which means even less-severe injuries can get worse over time.
Did You Know?
“Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults in the United States.” – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The leading causes of TBI
Brain injuries are categorized in two ways: closed-head injuries, where the skull remains intact, and penetrating injuries, where an object enters the skull and injures the brain. A TBI may result from either of these types of injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the leading causes of brain injuries:
- Vehicle-related crashes
- Acts of violence
- Sports injuries
- Explosive blasts and combat-related injuries
Risks of falls and TBI
Falls are, by every measure, the leading cause of brain injury. What’s important to know is that falls don’t have to be from heights to cause a serious injury. A person who trips or slips, and then falls as a result, can be seriously injured. Small children and the elderly are especially at-risk.
If you trip, slip and fall and hit your head on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim. This is a type of personal injury claim that holds the property owner responsible if he or she was negligent in keeping the property safe. These types of slip-and-fall claims usually involve:
- Broken or otherwise-unsafe walkways
- Slippery, icy, or wet paths or floors
- Broken handrails on stairs
If your loved one is in a nursing home when he or she falls, you may be able to hold the nursing home accountable for negligence. Often, blocked pathways or unsafe furniture design are to blame. Other times, it could be a combination of medications that causes balance issues. Give us a call and we can help you figure it out.
What you should know about car accidents and brain injuries
Car accidents are another leading cause of traumatic brain injury. The impact of two vehicles colliding, or one vehicle hitting a stationary object, can create enough force to whip a person’s head back and forth. This is the basis of whiplash, which is often maligned but can cause long-term inflammation, leading to chronic pain. It can also lead to cracked or compressed vertebrae in the neck, which may lead to necessary surgical procedures to fix.
Understand that the science behind brain injuries is still in a “grey” area, and seeking medical attention is a critical part of your recovery. When you get into a car wreck, the back goes up and out, the shoulders slam into the seat, and the head ricochets off the headrest. That is a tremendous amount of force moving through your body.
People can sustain a concussion at 5 miles per hour. Doctors can miss the diagnosis, which is why it is important to get the right scans and imaging done, especially if you do not exhibit any of the more common signs of a brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury is like a disease
We tend to think of TBI as a one-time event with potentially long-lasting effects. The truth is that in many cases, a TBI is more like a chronic disease. According to research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a moderate-to-severe TBI:
- Leaves 55% of victims moderately or severely disabled
- Decreases life expectancy by 9 years
- Increases the risk of:
- Infections – 9x more likely
- Accidental drug poisoning – 11x more likely
- Pneumonia – 6x more likely
- Seizures – 50x more likely
(All CDC summaries based on patients who are still alive after 5 years.)
Like many other chronic diseases, TBI does not have a “cure,” per se. Some patients will heal, but more than half will either stay the same or get worse.
Birmingham resources for TBI victims and caretakers
There are a lot of resources available for people who have brain injuries, and for families and caretakers. The Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) in Hoover offers a wealth of information, but here are some places you can start:
AHIF support group – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Patton Ridge Apts
2122 Rocky Ridge Road, Hoover
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month
(205) 213-4353 o 800-433-8002
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS)
- For adaptive technology: 1-800-671-6837 (or TTY 800-499-1816)
- For information about the ICBM delivery system: 1-800-671-6837
- 236 Goodwin Crest Drive, Homewood, AL 35219
- For ADRS Lakeshore: (205) 870-5999, or 1-800-441-7609
- 3830 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, AL 35259-9127
Children’s of Alabama
1600 7th Ave. S.
Birmingham AL 352332
You can also look at this list of TBI therapists in the Birmingham area.
Hiring a Birmingham TBI lawyer for your case
If you sustain a brain injury in Birmingham, the right lawyer can make all the difference. Mezrano Law Firm represents clients throughout Alabama who have been seriously injured by other people’s negligence. When you choose us, you’re choosing attorneys who:
- Won’t settle with the insurance company for less than what you deserve
- Aren’t afraid to take your fight to court if that is in your best interest
- Help you find the right neurologist and chiropractor, and ask for the right tests and scans
- Help you find the resources and support you need when it comes to childcare, home health aides, rehabilitation, or workers’ compensation
- Work with outside field experts to help you plan for a life with a brain injury
- Help you if you need to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance
- Make themselves accessible to you when you call
- Know how to get the job done
No matter who or what caused your TBI – a negligent doctor, another driver, a defective product, a dangerous road or path – Mezrano Law Firm will fight for you.
The Birmingham firm you trust to protect your future
A traumatic brain injury can have a life-long impact on families. The Birmingham TBI attorneys of Mezrano Law Firm help Alabamians when they need us the most. To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced injury lawyer, please call 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more.