According to AlabamaTBI.org, over 100,000 people statewide are impacted by traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) every year. Serious head trauma is among the most devastating injuries to accident victims and their families.
Although some TBIs are mild and result only in short-term symptoms, more catastrophic injuries can lead to a significant decline in a person’s overall health and quality of life. Add in the fact that many TBIs go undiagnosed, and you’re left with both a debilitating injury and little to no medical and psychological support.
When a TBI is the result of an injury caused by another person or company’s negligence, brain injury victims are eligible to seek compensation for their injuries. With the assistance of our experienced Alabama TBI lawyer Brian Plant, families may be able to offset the financial costs associated with TBI and receive compensation for their pain and suffering.
What Is the Difference Between TBI and Concussion?
Contrary to popular belief, there’s no real difference between a traumatic brain injury and a concussion. A concussion is merely a type of TBI resulting from a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. They don’t always lead to loss of consciousness and may not show any signs of outward injury. Some people may not even have any noticeable symptoms.
Other types of brain injuries include contusions (bleeding in the brain), penetrating brain injuries (in which an object pierces the skull), and anoxic brain injuries (in which the brain is deprived of oxygen, causing brain cell death).
Regardless of the mechanism of injury, all traumatic brain injuries—including what may seem like a minor concussion—have the potential for serious complications. As such, all bumps, blows, and jolts to the head should be evaluated by a licensed physician as soon as possible.
What Are Common Causes of TBI in Alabama?
Most often, TBIs are caused by accidents, and interpersonal violence or assault. Common causes of TBI in Alabama include:
- Car Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Sports-Related Accidents
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?
Signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury may manifest physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. They may appear minutes, hours, or sometimes days after a head injury. Similarly, they may resolve within hours, days, months, or years. Severe TBIs may result in permanent disability or even wrongful death.
Mild TBI signs and symptoms include loss of consciousness, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, sleep disturbances, speech problems, sensory issues, difficult remembering or concentrating, mood changes (including mood swings), and increased depression or anxiety.
Moderate to severe TBI signs and symptoms may also include longer periods of unconsciousness, seizures, dilated pupils, difficulty waking, finger or toe numbness, loss of coordination, significant confusion, agitation, slurred speech, and coma.
How Can an Alabama TBI Lawyer Help Brain Injury Victims?
In the long term, TBIs can affect cognitive function, overall mood, sleep, motivation, physical coordination, and social skills. For those living with severe TBIs, their injury often affects every aspect of their lives, including their ability to work, maintain relationships, and care for themselves. In addition, providing TBI victims with adequate care and rehabilitation can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
When you claim your free consultation at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, our qualified Alabama TBI lawyer Brian Plant will walk you through every step of the personal injury claim process and evaluate your case so that you can make the right legal decision for you and your family.
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