Mobile Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Fighting for Alabama families living with TBI
While the effects of a traumatic brain injury are not always immediately apparent after a car accident or a fall, some of the symptoms can have a significant impact on your life and health and ability to work. When your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, it can be frustrating, and it can feel unfair that your life has been upended from this injury that is affecting every aspect of your life. If the cause of your injury was someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds for legal action to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
At Mezrano Law Firm, we understand the frustration of living with the effects of a traumatic brain injury that was caused by the negligence of another person. We are here to help you recover the compensation you will need to cover your ongoing medical expenses, your pain and suffering and other losses related to the injury. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation with a compassionate Mobile traumatic brain injury lawyer who understands your struggle and is here to help you win.
What is traumatic brain injury?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of a TBI can range from mile, which creates a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to "severe". which can be an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The CDC considers TBI to be a serious public health problem in the U.S. with 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths including 837,000 of these health events among children.
What causes traumatic brain injury?
The CDC reports that falls cause the most traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and car accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths.
- Falls 2%
- Motor vehicle crashes 3%
- Other/unknown 0%
- Struck by/against 5%
- Assault 10%
What’s the difference between traumatic brain injury and a concussion?
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine reports that concussion is the same as a "mild" TBI. Both terms are used to describe when a person experiences a change in normal brain function for no longer than a minute following trauma. Concussion can have serious effects which are not usually life-threatening. While all concussions can be considered traumatic brain injuries, not all TBIs are concussions as it can also be caused by hypoxia which does not involve a blow to the head.
What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injury?
The UAM school of Medicine describes the following as symptoms of traumatic brain injury:
- Changes in vision;
- Feeling drowsy;
- Feeling of "lost time;"
- Hard to arouse;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Memory loss (amnesia) of events before the injury or immediately after; and/or
- Nausea and vomiting.
What are some of the lasting effects of traumatic brain injury?
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services reports that the following are some of the possible changes that a person might experience after suffering a traumatic brain injury:
- Motor coordination
- Hearing and visual Loss
- Spasticity and tremors
- Fatigue and/or weakness
- Loss of taste and smell
- Headaches or migraines
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with decision-making, planning, sequencing
- Impaired judgment
- Slowed ability to process
- Problem-solving difficulties
- Organizational problems
- Impaired perception of self, others
- Inability to complete task without reminders
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
- Problems with emotional control; impulsive behavior
- Inappropriate behavior
- Inability to inhibit remarks
- Lack of response to social cues
- Problems with initiation
- Reduced self-esteem
- Difficulty relating to others
- Difficulty maintaining or forming relationships
- Sexual dysfunction
- Increased anxiety and frustration
Misdiagnosis of traumatic brain injury
The Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) reports that the evidence of minor cerebral injury is typically absent from the standard neurological examinations such as CT scans, and standard EEGs. . .But absence of evidence is not always proof of absence. Traumatic brain injury has been called a "silent epidemic," and it is a tremendous health problem that is largely unrecognized. An article in Brainline.org reports that, "about 85 percent of mild traumatic brain injuries are undetected by MRIs," a statistic that is likely a conservative one.
TBI is an injury that is not accompanied by a visible wound because the damage is done to the brain which is hidden inside of the skull. The disruption of the microscopic connections in the brain usually do not show up immediately, and as the Brainline article states, family, friends and coworkers often recognize changes in an individual with a brain injury before the injured person does. The article mentions a man who suffered a head injury after having suffered previous head injuries in the past. He was involved in a car accident and when it was over and he came to, he found his cell phone, but was unable to remember what to do with it.
TBI is frequently misdiagnosed because the onset of the symptoms is often delayed, and they get progressively worse slowly over time. A person with a traumatic brain injury looks fine, and sometimes the routine brain imaging scans do not detect a brain injury right away. The brain injured patient may also be suffering from other injuries after a fall or a car accident, so those are attended to and they don't receive care for the brain injury.
The risk of misdiagnosis of TBI, or a delayed diagnosis is that if it is not treated immediately, there is the risk that the brain damage could spread and lead to a permanent impairment or even death.
Traumatic brain injury healthcare resources in Mobile
The Mobile Chamber of Commerce describes the city as a regional center for medical care, research and education with nearly 13 percent of Mobile's workforce being employed in the healthcare sector. The following are a few of the resources available to residents of Mobile, Alabama who are living with the effects of traumatic brain injury:
- The University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UAB-TBIMS), which is one of 16 national TBI Model Systems Programs located throughout the country. These programs receive funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
- The Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHiF) in Hoover, AL has a mission to improve the quality of life for survivors of TBI and their families throughout the state where more than 10,000 individuals sustain a traumatic brain injury each year.
- Traumatic Brain Injury Resources in Mobile, Alabama offers a free online database to help Alabamians suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
- Alabama Department of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities, P.O. Box 301410, 100 North Union Street Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
- Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program University of Alabama, 624 Paul W. Bryant Drive, 5th Floor, Martha Parham Hall West, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
How much does it cost to hire a traumatic brain injury lawyer?
Because we take injury cases on contingency, you will not have to pay attorney fees up front. You do not pay attorney fees unless we have been able to recover compensation for you. With this arrangement, you get the benefit of working with a trusted traumatic brain injury attorney team with more than 40 years of combined legal experience without being required to pay for it upfront.
At Mezrano Law Firm, we are committed to fighting for fair compensation for our clients whether we settle the case or take it to trial.
Experienced representation for those suffering from TBI injuries after an accident
The compassionate Mobile TBI lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm have more than 40 years of combined legal experience helping clients recover compensation after suffering a brain injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. We have earned a reputation for attentive client care, while we also pursue justice on our clients’ behalf. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation with a trusted Mobile personal injury lawyer by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.