Florence Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Helping TBI victims get the justice they deserve
A traumatic brain injury, according to the US National Institute of Health, occurs when a blow or head injury causes damage to the brain. Millions of Americans suffer brain injuries. About half of the people who develop a brain injury must go to a hospital. About half of those who have a severe head-injury will require surgery to repair bruises to brain tissue or ruptured blood vessels.
The trusted trial lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm have the experience and resources to help TBI victims. We work with neurologists and physicians in many specialties to make sure victims are getting the correct diagnosis and the proper tests so they can understand their long-term health care needs. Contact us today to learn more.
What types of accidents cause a TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries occur when large forces cause the brain to move about the skull. These violent forces are often attributable to the following:
- Falls. Older adults and young children are especially prone to falls. While some falls happen at home, many falls happen when someone is on the property of another. Property owners have a duty to protect customers and visitors from falls due to wet floors, torn carpets, or other hazards. Falls also often happen at construction sites. Workers can easily trip over an object or fall from a scaffold.
- Vehicle accidents. When cars and trucks collide, the passengers and drivers are often thrown about the vehicles into dashboards, steering wheels, and each other. Motorcycle riders who fall from their vehicle are likely to strike the ground head first.
- Explosions. Members of the military are especially prone to blasts which can cause a TBI. When equipment malfunctions, construction and industrial workers can also suffer a TBI.
- Sports injuries. Coaches and schools may be liable if they fail to follow proper procedures to protect the safety of their students. Football and boxing are two of the many sports that often cause concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
- Acts of violence. An assault of any kind can also easily cause a traumatic brain injury. Property owners owe it to their visitors to keep their property safe. If you are assaulted, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Medical negligence. It is rare, but an act of medical negligence can cause or exacerbate a brain injury. Even if your TBI was caused by something else, failing to diagnose the injury can make it far worse.
The symptoms of a TBI
The symptoms vary depending on whether the victim is a child or an adult. In some victims, the symptoms may appear right away. For others, the symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks. Many victims don’t know they have symptoms so it’s important for family, friends, and coworkers to let them know something is wrong. In the most serious cases, victims may even die from the injury, or fall into a vegetative state. Knowing the symptoms could help prevent a serious injury from turning into a life-threatening one.
The symptoms for a mild TBI, according to the Mayo Clinic, for adults are:
- Loss of consciousness that lasts for seconds
- A feeling of disorientation or confusion
- Vomiting or nausea
- Difficulty speaking
- Sleep irregularities
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Memory and concentration difficulties
- Mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
Moderate to severe TBI
The symptoms include many of the symptoms for a mild TBI. Additional symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness that lasts minutes or hours
- Convulsions and seizures
- “Dilation of one or both pupils of the eye”
- Being unable to waken from sleep
- Tingling in the toes and fingers
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Being in a coma
Patients may also suffer vertigo and infections.
Recognizing TBIs in children
The symptoms for children include many of those for adults, but sometimes, the kids are too young to articulate their pain. Infants and young children may cry persistently, have noticeable changes in eating and nursing habits, lose interest in their toys, and other complications.
Concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)
Concussions are one of the most common types of brain injuries – and for that reason, people don’t always take them seriously. (The name “mild” traumatic brain injury does not help the cause, either.) However, you should know that at least a third of all mTBI are misdiagnosed – and an undiagnosed brain injury poses a serious threat to the victim.
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of a concussion, you need to seek medical attention fast. Our Florence concussion lawyers can tell you what types of tests and imaging you need performed, and what types of scans are most likely to show damage.
Long-term needs for Florence TBI victims
Victims of a TBI are often evaluated by a neurologist. If surgery is required, a neurosurgeon usually performs the therapy. Many victims need to treat with a variety of doctors who can focus on their physical, cognitive, social, communication, sensory, and behavioral needs. Some of these health care providers include:
- Psychologists and psychiatrists for the victim’s emotional and behavioral difficulties
- Pain management doctors for any lingering pain
- Speech and language therapists
- Sleep disorder counselors
- Professionals who can help with any sexual difficulties
- Occupational and vocational therapists
- Ear, nose, and throat doctors
Damages in TBI cases
When you sustain a TBI, the need for medical care is very complicated. Our Florence brain injury lawyers will work with your medical team and independent doctors to reasonable understand the victim’s long-term health care needs. We also work with vocational professionals to understand the full scope of your injuries. From there, we can assess the damages you deserve for your claim. That can include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses related to your injury (past, current, and future)
- Compensation for any lost income or inability to work
In some cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages, too. Punitive damages are designed to punish a wrongdoer, so that his or her act of negligence never happens again. If your loved one dies as a result of a TBI, your wrongful death claim will seek punitive damages.
The sooner a TBI victim or his/her family speaks with a Florence lawyer, the sooner the attorney can investigate the cause of the accident – and the sooner the lawyer can work to find the best medical care for the victim’s condition.
Florence traumatic brain injury attorneys fighting for you
If you suspect you or a loved one has a TBI, seek immediate medical help. Then, call the Florence brain injury attorneys of Mezrano Law Firm. We have the experience and resources to help TBI victims hold irresponsible drivers, manufacturers, and others accountable for changing your quality of life. Please call us at 205-206-6300 or use our contact form to learn more about your rights, and the rights of your loved ones who may not be able to speak for themselves.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today.