Charlotte Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) will affect over a million people each year and oftentimes their symptoms go unnoticed. The symptoms of TBI are usually associated with changes in a person’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings. However, some injuries can damage the nerves running through the brain and impair one’s motor skills and internal functioning. When this occurs a person may have trouble with walking or writing, as well as trouble with bladder control or regulating body temperature.
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- Lasting Effects of Brain Injuries
- How do Brain Injuries Happen?
- What are the Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury?
- Different Types of TBIs
- What are the Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
- How Can an Attorney Help with My Brain Injury Case?
Lasting Effects of Brain Injuries
It is difficult for most people to understand brain injuries and their lasting effects. The brain doesn’t heal like the rest of the body and you can’t just put a band-aid on it. TBI’s can last forever and have a pervasive impact on a person’s way of life. Many need in-home assistance, financial assistance, and continued therapy. Even mild TBI’s can cause extreme personality and behavior changes and can make a person more prone to depression and suicide.
How do Brain Injuries Happen?
It is very important for people to be informed about the dangers of TBI and how to prevent them. The two most common causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents and falls. To keep you and your loved ones safe make sure everyone wears a seatbelt when riding in a car, encourages the use of helmets and uses rails when walking down stairways to prevent falls. However, if someone is injured and shows symptoms of a TBI make sure you stabilize that person and call for medical attention right away.
A traumatic brain injury can have a significant impact not only on the person injured but also on their family and loved ones. Caring for someone with a TBI can be expensive, time-consuming and the emotional and physical tolls are outstanding. During such a difficult and emotional time it is important to have the right information and a trusted advocate on your side.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a traumatic brain injury contact our Charlotte brain injury attorneys today to learn more about your options.
What are the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Although the term “traumatic brain injury” makes it seem as if the injury must be outwardly obvious, this is not always the case. Many people who suffer a TBI do not know it right away because the injury is completely internalized. The pain of the injury can be wrongfully ignored as just a headache or lingering migraine. As such, it is possible for people to go hours, days, or weeks with a TBI and not even be aware of it.
If you suspect you might have a TBI, look for these common warning signs:
- You have lost track of time or know you have been rendered unconscious for at least a minute after a blow to the head.
- You have a persistent headache that cannot be treated and seems to be getting worse.
- You are experiencing waves of nausea and vomiting, which you cannot relate to some other illness or food poisoning.
- You have suffered at least one seizure or convulsion that is not related to another known health condition.
- You have extreme difficulty waking up, and you might also have intense insomnia that keeps you awake for hours.
- You have uncharacteristic mood swings or newly onset speech impediments and memory issues.
- You have fluids draining from your nose or ears, and your eyes seem to be dilating uncontrollably.
If you notice any of these symptoms, then please be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Some of the lasting consequences of a TBI can be mitigated if the injury is noticed and treated early.
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 a lawyer who can help determine if you are entitled to compensation.
What are the Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Because there are many different types of TBIs, there are also many different causes of them. Our law firm is capable of assisting with your brain injury claim, no matter what the cause might have been.
We can help clients who have suffered a TBI because of:
- Boating accidents
- Car accidents
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Construction accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workplace accidents
Our Charlotte brain injury attorneys know where to look for useful evidence in all of these accidents and incidents. From medical records to police reports, there could be many types of evidence that point towards the cause of your TBI and why the defendant should be held financially liable for your experienced damages.
How Can an Attorney Help with My Brain Injury Case?
When you want to file a brain injury claim, you have to be aware that you are going to be asking a lot from an insurance company that probably wants to give you very little. The value of your claim could range well into six figures or seven figures due to the permanency and severity of your TBI. Responding insurance companies know as much, so they will want to push back and avoid paying such a large amount to you.
Hiring an attorney like those you can find at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates in Charlotte could be the right first step towards building a strong case without putting any stress on your shoulders. We can work on finding and analyzing evidence, calculating your damages, negotiating for a settlement, and preparing for courtroom litigation, where we can represent you if it comes to it. Basically, every part of your case can be handed to us, so you don’t need to worry if things are being done on time or in the right way. We’re here to win the most compensation for you and your family however we can!
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Without their help, I would probably have lost everything that I owned.- Rick M.
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Verdict for a woman with mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle collision.
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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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