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Approximately 10,000 Alabama residents suffer head and brain injuries every year. Among them, 500 victims die and 1,500 live with a disability afterward, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation at the University of Alabama says.
A brain injury, often referred to as a traumatic brain injury or TBI, can cause short-term injury or serious, long-term damage that includes personality changes, paralysis, coma, degenerative brain disease and eventual death. Long-term care for a head and brain injury victim can easily run into millions of dollars over the course of the patient’s lifetime, especially if the victim is young at the time of the accident.
When someone suffers a TBI victim because of another individual’s negligence or recklessness, the injured person and/or their family deserves financial assistance from the at-fault party. The lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C., help such individuals and their families in Huntsville and surrounding areas to obtain compensation for medical care and other losses.
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Head and Brain Injury in Huntsville
The term “traumatic brain injury,” or TBI, usually describes a severe injury that includes bruising, tearing, bleeding or other physical damage to the brain. It can be caused by a jolt or blow to the head such as might occur in a car accident or a fall or by a penetrating injury that breaks through the skull and into the brain tissue, such as a gunshot.
Severe TBI can cause:
- Loss of cognitive function (judgment, memory and learning)
- Damage to verbal communication (speech)
- Behavioral and emotional instability (mood swings, depression and social difficulties or outbursts)
- Sensory problems (vision, hearing, smell and taste)
- Coma (extended loss of consciousness)
- Degenerative brain disease (progressive deterioration of nerve cells, eventually leading to cell death).
Milder head injuries may cause a temporary loss of consciousness, followed by headaches and problems with concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination. This is known as a “concussion.”
After rest and monitoring to ensure that the injury is not more serious than initially indicated, most concussion victims fully recover. However, once a person has had a concussion, it is easier for them to suffer another one.
Sometimes, the symptoms of a concussion persist for a few months or a year or more, which can lead to anxiety and depression. This is known as “post-concussion syndrome,” or PCS.
In addition to motor vehicle accidents, the most common causes of head and brain injuries are:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Job-related accidents
- Impact sports and extreme sports
- Military combat.
Head and brain injury victims may need lengthy medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy, personal assistive devices (walker, wheelchair or hospital bed) and/or personal assistance.
Those who are disabled by a severe TBI will probably never be capable of gainful employment. Even a concussion can result in medical expenses and a temporary loss of income.
In many cases, an individual’s or entity’s negligence or recklessness is responsible for causing a head or brain injury. This may be a property owner or an employer legally responsible for a slip-and-fall accident or for an assault on their premises. It may be a driver who caused a car or motorcycle accident.
An attorney from the Belt & Bruner, P.C., can investigate the accident that caused your injury or a loved one’s injury to determine who should be held liable and ordered to pay damages.
Contact a Huntsville Head and Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a family member of yours has suffered a serious head injury in an accident in Huntsville or surrounding areas in Alabama, you do not have to face an uncertain future on your own. The head and brain injury lawyers of the Belt & Bruner, P.C., can help you to seek the compensation your recovery requires, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Call us today or complete our online form. We can review your case and evaluate your legal options at no charge and with no further obligation on your part.