Gadsden Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Representation for Etowah County, Alabama brain injury patients
Although our skulls are designed to protect our delicate brains, during an accident or assault, we can still experience a brain injury. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more common than you think. At Mezrano Law Firm, our Gadsden TBI lawyers protect the rights of injury victims and fight for fair compensation for their injuries. Call us to learn more.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports 2.8 million TBI-related injuries and deaths each year, and TBIs contribute to 30% of injury-related deaths.
Traumatic brain injury can happen during a fall, during an accident, act of violence, or a penetrating head injury. In the case of the most common TBIs, the body is traveling in some way and then comes to an abrupt halt (like in a car accident). However, the body will continue until it meets an immovable object (like a dashboard or airbag).
“Mild” traumatic brain injury is not mild at all
You might hear your doctor refer to your concussion as a “mild” traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Understand that the name is misleading: every brain injury is serious, and it should be treated as such. An mTBI, like a concussion, is one that is less likely to leave permanent damage; however, multiple mTBIs can lead to lifelong, permanent brain damage, and the science is still gray when it comes to how dangerous a single-time concussion is.
One of the more common injuries that can lead to mTBI is whiplash. Whiplash gets a bad “rep,” but in truth, it is a very serious condition. When your neck or head jerk back quickly, your brain will jostle around in the skull, causing damage to the brain. Depending on the force of the accident, this can cause all sorts of widespread damage, as the cells in the brain control every function in the body.
How do TBIs happen?
According to the CDC, TBI is a serious public health problem in the United States. The many causes of brain injuries include:
- Being struck by or against an object
- Car, motorcycle, and truck accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Other accidents
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, the Gadsden attorneys at Mezrano Law can provide guidance on what to do next.
What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injury?
TBIs tend to be complex and challenging injuries. Open brain injuries are obvious due to being visible wounds. However, closed head injuries are more difficult to deal with, as they don’t always appear immediately.
After a head injury, an individual may show symptoms like loss of consciousness or confusion, or they may initially present with no symptoms at all. Many patients may not even realize they’ve experienced a brain injury at first. Even an mTBI can cause headache, nausea, neck pain, tinnitus, dizziness, and fatigue. Moderate and severe TBIs can have the following symptoms:
- Chronic or persistent headache
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Fatigue or inability to wake up
- Slurred speech
- Seizure or convulsions
- Dilated pupils
- Weakness or numbness in arms, legs, or extremities
- Slow or clumsy movements
- Changes in mood, behavior, or personality
- Memory loss
It’s absolutely vital to see a medical professional for a neurological examination after any sort of fall or blow to the head. Only a screening and brain imaging tests can help determine whether or not you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury.
Doctors will perform imaging tests (like CT scans or MRIs) to determine the extent of a head injury and whether or not a patient requires surgery or treatment. TBIs can cause brain swelling, blood clots, or – in the case of penetrating head wounds – foreign objects may need to be removed from the brain.
Anyone who’s been involved in a Gadsden accident with any injury to the head should receive immediate attention from a neurological professional.
What are the long-term effects of TBI?
Every brain, and therefore every injury, is unique. Everyone will react differently to a TBI, but these are some of the more common long-term consequences of TBIs:
- Cognitive deficits
- Personality changes
- Sleep disorders
Gadsden traumatic brain injuries and compensation
If your TBI was caused by someone else’s negligence, like a car crash or a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may have the right to bring a claim against the person or entity responsible for your injuries. This means you’re eligible to recover compensation for losses like:
- Medical expenses (including current and future care)
- Lost wages (including future) and lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage (when applicable)
- Burial and funeral costs, in the event of a loved one’s death
Pain and suffering isn’t as easy to measure, financially, as medical expenses or lost wages. Pain and suffering damages are typically awarded on what the court determines is reasonable based on the facts. Usually they’ll consider the severity of your brain injury, whether it’s temporary or permanent, and how it’s affected and will continue to affect the quality of your life.
If you suffer a TBI in accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to talk to a Gadsden brain injury attorney as soon as possible, as Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. Our legal team will investigate your case, investigate your medical records and police reports, talk to any witnesses, and deal with insurance companies on your behalf.
Alabama traumatic brain injury lawyers on your side
The experienced TBI attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm will hold responsible parties accountable for your injuries. Our only goal is to help you seek the compensation you’re owed, and that you and your family are taken care of – now and in the future. Get in touch with our Gadsden lawyers today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form.