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A blow or jolt to the head in car crash or other accident can cause the brain to move within the skull with such force that it causes a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The Alabama Head Injury Foundation at the University of Alabama says that approximately 10,000 residents of the state suffer TBIs each year. Of that number, 500 die, and 1,500 become disabled. The TBI victims who live encounter significant medical expenses, sometimes over many years. In many cases, TBI victims suffer a marked reduction in their ability to enjoy life.
The Mobile traumatic brain injury lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C., help TBI victims and the loved ones of those with head and brain injuries when they are caused by another’s careless acts. We help our clients to obtain compensation for medical care and other losses.
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Common Causes of TBI in Alabama
An injury that penetrates the brain or makes the brain slam into the skull can cause a range of brain damage. The effects of this kind of trauma can be minor and temporary or major and long-lasting. TBIs are typically categorized as follows:
- Concussion – A mild blow to the head may cause a temporary loss of consciousness, followed by headaches and problems with concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination. After rest and monitoring to ensure the injury is not worse than thought, a concussion victim usually recovers fully.
- Post-concussion syndrome – Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) occurs when concussion symptoms persist for a few months or a year or more and may lead to anxiety and depression.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Any brain injury is, technically, a traumatic brain injury. But TBI usually describes a severe injury that includes bruising, tearing, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain. Severe TBI can lead to nerve damage, cognitive damage (judgment, memory and learning), communication problems, behavioral and emotional changes (mood swings, depression and social difficulties or outbursts), sensory problems, coma and degenerative brain disease, which leads to death.
Common causes of TBI include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Violence, including assault and military action
- Sports injuries.
In many cases, some person or entity is responsible for the victim’s TBI as a result of either an intentional act or a negligent act. This includes property owners and employers who are legally responsible for slip-and-fall accidents or assaults that occur on their premises. The breach of a duty of care can lead to the responsible party being held liable and ordered to pay damages to the victim.
Contact Our Mobile Brain Injury Attorneys Today
If a car crash, workplace accident, slip-and-fall accident or some other incident has caused you or a loved one to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), do not deal with this catastrophic injury on your own. The circumstances of your accident may make you eligible to obtain compensation to assist in your recovery.
Call the Belt & Bruner, P.C., or complete our online form. We can evaluate your case for free and get legal work started to assist you and your family in this trying time.