A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can leave lasting impacts on the lives of not only the victim, but also the people around them. When you or your family member suffers a TBI it is important for you to speak with one of our attorneys from the Mezrano Law Firm in Tuscaloosa. Why? Because our experienced team has represented clients just like you when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. You will be faced with mounting medical bills, therapy appointments, missed time at work, medical equipment, home renovations and many other expenses. Even though a TBI can wind up changing your life, you shouldn’t let it run your life. The sooner you consult an attorney, the sooner you can build a case against the party responsible for your TBI.
Brain injuries generally fall into two categories. An open head injury is one that caused by the penetration of an object into the skull and brain. A closed head injury involves no penetration: a car or truck accident or a slip and fall accident are commonly associated with closed-head injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries, or disabilities caused by these injuries, affect almost three million people in the U.S. every year, reports the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). According to the latest data they have, the most common causes of TBI include:
Intentional self-harm led to 33% of all TBI-related deaths.
Not all traumatic brain injuries are caused by a blow to the head, though many are. Infections can also cause TBIs, as can undiagnosed conditions or medical malpractice. Some additional factors include:
A concussion is another word for a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), but that does not mean it is any less serious. Even a minor blow to the head can lead to a concussion. It’s important to recognize the signs of a concussion so that you or your loved one will be able to have it treated appropriately. The signs of a concussion include the following:
It is possible that the signs and symptoms of a concussion do not manifest right away after an accident has occurred. It could take a couple of days for other symptoms to develop.
The best way to treat a concussion is through rest. This includes both mental and physical periods of rest. So, if you are in school, it is recommended that you stay home for an extended period to sleep and to rest your brain so it can heal properly. You should avoid playing sports, video games, doing schoolwork, watching TV, using a tablet and anything else that can stimulate the brain as you try to heal.
If you think you have suffered a concussion or other TBI after any type of accident, you should visit a neurologist immediately. It will likely be recommended by your family physician and it can be done in the hospital if you were transported there following an accident. A neurologist will be able to run a slew of imaging tests that can determine the exact injury to your brain, the damage it caused, and the best course of action for treating the injury. Aside from imaging tests, the neurologist will examine your cognitive skills and a basic neurological evaluation. It might be necessary for you to remain in the hospital for a couple of days for observation depending on the severity of the TBI.
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ARDS) offers a traumatic brain injury program designed to help victims, as well as their families and caretakers. To learn more about their services, please call:
888-879-4706 (in state)
205-290-4590 (out of state)
Traumatic brain injuries are serious and can have lasting impacts on the patient and the family member who is providing the care. The Tuscaloosa traumatic brain injury attorneys from the Mezrano Law Firm know that your life will be thrown into upheaval with a TBI. We treat all of our clients like family, fighting for their rights and for them to be properly compensated. You shouldn’t have to be on the hook for the thousands of dollars in medical bills stemming from a TBI. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.
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