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Birmingham Brain Injury Lawyer at Belt & Bruner, P.C.
Our Birmingham head injury lawyer knows that severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a life-altering event. Even moderate TBI reduces the victim’s ability to enjoy or participate in many aspects of life.
A jolt or blow to the head, like in the crush of an automobile accident or a collision while riding a motorcycle, causes the brain to come in contact with the skull. That results in some level of TBI. A brain injury may leave the individual dazed or temporarily unconscious. It can also cause more extensive physical damage that results in long-term complications or death.
If you or a loved one of yours has suffered a serious brain injury in an accident, you may be entitled to money damages for your pain and suffering and costly medical and/or living expenses. A Birmingham brain injury attorney at the Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you obtain money for medical care and other assistance you may require. Call us for a free initial consultation today or use our online contact form.
If you or a loved one has a serious brain injury, you need answers to your questions. Our brain injury attorneys have gathered some of the most common questions and provide answers to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Any brain injury is, technically, a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The effect of trauma to the brain, often caused by a blow or jolt from an accident, can be minor and temporary. It can also be major and long-lasting. Severe TBI can damage the victim’s quality of life forever.
Mild traumatic brain injury may cause what the Mayo Clinic calls “temporary dysfunction of brain cells.”
Normally “TBI” is used to describe a more severe injury that involves bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain. The Mayo Clinic cites several symptoms of moderate to severe TBI. These symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness lasting from a few minutes to hours
- Profound confusion
- Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of bladder control or bowel control
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
Severe TBI can lead to nerve damage, cognitive damage (memory, learning, judgment, etc.), communication problems, behavioral and emotional changes (including depression, mood swings, outbursts and social difficulties), sensory problems, coma and degenerative brain disease.
The Lasting Consequences of TBI and Why You Need the Help of a Brain Injury Attorney
The brain is a fragile organ. When a person suffers a blow to the head, it can push the brain against the skull and cause an injury. Any shock or trauma the brain suffers can result in some level of injury. This ranges from a headache to limited function that lasts a moment or for life.
TBI often occurs in car crashes when an individual bangs their head, or when the head is suddenly jerked upon impact. Many people hit their head in a slip-and-fall incident and suffered long-term consequences of TBI. Falling objects, such as from a shelf in a store or from a higher level at a construction site, can hit a person on the head and cause severe TBI.
Regardless of the circumstances, severe TBI results in medical needs that are expensive and ongoing. Individuals with severe TBI cases require personal assistive devices such as wheelchairs and hospital beds. They also need home renovations to accommodate their mobility problems. TBI patients may need in-home care and ongoing medication and physical therapy. All of these medical needs can be costly.
An additional consequence of TBI is its effect on the people around the patient. Spouses, children and other family members must learn to deal with a new person. TBI can cause distinct personality changes in the victim. These changes are not usually for the better. Family members dealing with TBI may find that psychological therapy offers some of the support they need.
A comprehensive Brain Injury Support resource with information about service providers in each Alabama County is available for the injured and their families. This life changing injury calls for much more than medical help. The listing of providers on this resource site can connect you to the people you need as you move forward after your injury.
Contact our experienced Birmingham head injury lawyer today for a free consultation.
People who suffer from traumatic brain injury, and those around them, require a variety of medical care. This includes care that can be ongoing and extremely expensive. If your traumatic brain injury is the result of a car or workplace accident, or if was otherwise someone else’s fault, it is extremely important for you to seek the assistance of an experienced Birmingham brain injury lawyer.
The Birmingham head injury lawyers of the Belt & Bruner can help you obtain the money necessary to assist you with ongoing medical expenses and loss of income. Call us today or use our online contact form. We can provide you with a free initial consultation. You can also contact us for medical malpractice claims.
Last updated: January 20, 2015