Charlotte Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
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Traumatic brain injuries don’t just impact one person; they often affect the lives of loved ones and entire families. If you’re visiting this page because you or someone close to you has suffered a traumatic brain injury, we want to offer you some guidance about what to do next.
At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we have worked with countless TBI survivors and have seen firsthand just how challenging this time can be for you and your loved ones. We assure you, you are not alone.
At this point, it might be unclear whether you should pursue legal action; we can help you decide what is best for you and your family. If you believe your brain injury could have been prevented or was caused by the negligence of another person, we want to hear from you. We can help ensure your family has all they need to make the best possible recovery.
As members of the North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council, the attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are veteran litigators in the area of traumatic brain injuries. Not many firms can say that. We are also proud to have been the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina’s Inaugural Recipient of the Randy Evans Advocacy Award, 2009.
Our knowledge and skill is backed by over 37 years of experience researching, understanding, and fighting on behalf of victims with stories like yours. We are some of North Carolina’s leading brain injury lawyers, and we have your best interest at heart.
If you don’t find what you are looking for here, we would like to provide you with a free, confidential consultation with no obligation or pressure to hire us. Contact the Charlotte traumatic brain injury attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates today to take the first step towards understanding your rights.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Invisible Disability
A traumatic brain injury is sometimes referred to as “the invisible disability” since millions suffer from TBIs, yet their symptoms are not always obvious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year.
If you or someone you know has recently been affected by this type of catastrophic injury, you may feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the situation. Pursuing a brain injury claim doesn’t have to be about being “right.” Rather, compensation can assist with the mounting costs of medical treatment, therapy, hospital bills, and/or missed wages that often result from these injuries.
The brain is often considered the most complex organ in the human body. It houses our thoughts and helps shape our personalities. When it is traumatically damaged, the consequences can be devastating, impacting personality and mental abilities. For this reason, recovering from a brain or head injury requires special consideration compared to other injuries.
It is critical that you seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a TBI can take days or even weeks to surface. Whether you feel fine or not, only a professional will be able to diagnose a brain injury and determine what kind of treatment is necessary.
Types of TBIs
A TBI differs with the cause as well as the individual who sustains it. Understanding what type of brain injury you or your loved one has suffered from will give your attorney helpful insight with how to handle your case.
Some of the most common types of TBIs include:
- Concussions: A concussion can result from a direct blow to the head, violent shaking, or whiplash. A person who experiences a concussion may also briefly lose consciousness, possibly leading to temporary or permanent damage.
- Contusions: A contusion generally refers to bruising or bleeding on the brain, forming from a direct hit to the head. If the contusion is large enough, it may need to be surgically removed.
- Coup-Contrecoup: When the head is impacted and a contusion forms at the site of that impact, causing the brain to hit the opposite side of the skull, a coup-contrecoup has occurred.
- Diffuse Axonal: During a diffuse axonal injury, the brain structures tear due to rotational forces. When tearing is extensive enough, chemicals can be released in the brain, leading to further injuries, including further brain damage or even death. A diffuse axonal injury is often the result of a car accident.
- Penetration: A penetration injury takes place when an object pushes through the skull and continues into the brain.
Mild head injuries can often recover with treatment. However, when brain tissue has been damaged, hospitalization and rehabilitation may be necessary.
If you do not see your type of brain injury listed, it is still advised that you speak with an attorney who can help determine if you are entitled to compensation.
The Effects of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries and their symptoms will vary, but being able to identify them is critical. If you notice any of the below symptoms, you are encouraged to see a doctor immediately.
Mild TBI symptoms can include:
- Blurred vision
- Changes in mood
- Loss of consciousness
Moderate or severe TBI symptoms can include:
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Increased confusion
- Constant headaches
- Numbness of arms/legs
The symptoms listed above are serious and should not be ignored. Often, brain injuries can worsen with time, so it’s critical to see a doctor as soon as possible.
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Common Causes of TBIs
The CDC reports that about 75 percent of TBIs each year are either concussions or another form of mild traumatic brain injury. Whenever the head or skull is impacted in any sort of accident—even slightly—a traumatic brain injury can occur.
TBIs are often caused by:
- Force to the head
- An object hitting the head
- A violent movement of the head
Other common causes of TBIs include:
- Child abuse and domestic violence
- Industrial accidents
- Sports accidents, often by colliding with a moving object
- Bike accidents
It’s true that certain accidents can’t be prevented; however, if you received a brain injury as a result of someone else’s carelessness or misconduct, it is highly advised that you speak with a brain injury attorney in Charlotte. It is worth your while to see if compensation is available for you, as it could mean the difference between paying for your own recovery and having financial assistance.
Steps to Take after a Brain Injury
The period following a recent traumatic brain injury is a critical one. It bears repeating that if you’ve recently sustained any kind of head injury, you should see a doctor immediately.
Following this, it’s absolutely imperative that you are careful to adhere to your doctor’s orders if any are given. This could include avoiding all physical activity, driving, and getting plenty of rest. Failing to follow a doctor’s instruction could hurt your brain injury claim if you plan to file one, and if your injury worsens by not following medical advice, you may lose your right to seek compensation.
If at all possible, document and record all details surrounding your injury. You may need the help of witnesses or friends, and it’s best to do this as soon as you are able to so that things are fresh in your mind. Take pictures, both of the location where the injury occurred and any physical indicators of the injury itself. Any and all information you have will only help your case, and an experienced brain injury attorney will collect further information for you if needed.
For instances like car accidents, you should always avoid speaking with the other party’s insurance company. The reason for this is that insurance companies will often try to gather information so as to make it appear that you were at fault for the accident. This can also hurt your claim.
Finally, if you’ve suffered a TBI by a car accident or any other kind of accident, it’s highly recommended that you speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney. A skilled brain injury attorney will know what you are entitled to and can provide you with projected financial costs for recovery, as well as help you seek compensation for them.
At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we realize the impact a brain injury has on the whole family. We understand the drain on your financial resources, time, emotional, and physical energy. We are committed to helping brain injury victims and their families restore their lives to the greatest extent possible.
Contact us today for your confidential, no-cost consultation. As some of the leading brain injury lawyers in Charlotte, we care about you and your family and want to help you move forward. If you are unable to meet in our office, we can come to your home, hospital, or place of recovery. There is no pressure or obligation to hire us for your claim.
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