March 14th, 2018|
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a devastating effect on the victim and their loved ones. A TBI may result in permanent damage that lasts for the rest of the victim’s life.
Below, the experienced Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Cory Watson explain what a traumatic brain injury is, how it can easily occur, and the compensation that might be available to the victim.
Our attorneys have helped countless injured people recover compensation after sustaining traumatic brain injuries. If you believe you have suffered a TBI because of another’s negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
WHAT IS A BRAIN INJURY?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a “bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” A traumatic brain injury can affect a person physically, cognitively and emotionally.
A traumatic brain injury can lead to devastating long-term side effects, including:
- Loss of memory
- Problems concentrating
- Changes in personality
These side effects often prevent injured workers from being able to return to work promptly.
If you experience any of the symptoms below, you may have a brain injury and should seek immediate medical help:
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ears
- Change in vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood swings
- Loss of balance
- Slowed cognitive function
COMMON CAUSES OF BRAIN INJURIES
There are various causes of brain and head injuries, including:
- Slips and falls – The CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of TBI in the U.S. Falls may be due to negligent property owners who allow dangerous conditions to exist on their property. Fall injuries are a particular concern in nursing homes, leading to an estimated 1,800 deaths per year. Construction workers who fall from ladders or scaffolding are also at high risk.
- Car accidents – This is one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries and concussions often occur when vehicle occupants hit their heads against the steering wheel or dashboard during a crash. The risk of TBI is especially high when a bicyclist or pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle.
- Falling objects – Falls from heights, being struck by tools and equipment and collisions with forklifts, trucks or other motor vehicles at construction or industrial sites may cause a victim to suffer brain injury. Tools or construction equipment could fall from above a worker and hit him or her in the head. Retail workers could also get hit in the head by items falling off a store shelf.
- Sports and recreation – Young athletes may suffer permanent brain damage due to the failure of coaches or the athletic department to provide proper protective equipment to them or manage concussions after they occur.
- Medical negligence – Many children suffer permanent brain damage due to the negligence of doctors, nurses, midwives, and others during deliver. In addition to brain injuries, birth injuries can lead to permanent conditions such as cerebral palsy.
COMPENSATION FOR A TBI
When determining the value of your brain injury claim, our personal injury attorneys will likely consider several factors to determine what amount of compensation is warranted. This includes:
- Past and future medical costs
- Costs of a caregiver if needed
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn an income
- Pain and suffering
- Total or partial disability
- How the TBI impacts the victim physically, emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally
- Legal fees
Under certain circumstances, a victim may be awarded punitive damages for his or her personal injury claim. Punitive damages serve as a monetary punishment imposed on the at-fault party to discourage the same behavior from being repeated in the future. This only occurs in cases where the at-fault party’s behavior was grossly negligent, reckless or malicious.
GET HELP WITH YOUR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CLAIM
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys are ready to fight for you. To ensure you and your loved ones receive adequate compensation for a TBI injury, you should immediately consult with an attorney to discuss your claim.
Our dedicated Alabama personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can discuss your legal options and help develop a strategy to obtain the justice and compensation that you are entitled to receive. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 or by completing our free case evaluation form.