Let the Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine Get You the Compensation You Need for Your Traumatic Brain Injury Claim
In many accidents people file personal injury lawsuits over, there is damage suffered by the brain due to a blow to the head. As one would expect, the ramifications of damage to the brain are extremely grave and the consequences of a brain injury can be felt far into the future.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are some of the worst cases that Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine comes across. We understand that they require a significant amount of attention, compensation, and experience to handle correctly. The severity of these injuries leaves those injured with little option but to take legal action to try and recover some degree of compensation that can cover the many damages they have suffered as a result.
Our firm is experienced in providing specialized legal representation to those that have been harmed in accidents and have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine is passionate about getting those harmed this way the compensation they need in order to get their life back on track.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another’s negligence, contact Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine today at (205) 831-5040 or online for a free case evaluation, or to discuss your rights and options further
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
When someone suffers damage to their brain because of a physical blow to the head that either directly impacts their skull or causes a severe jerking movement then it is considered a traumatic brain injury. This term actually encompasses a number of different types of injuries that cause damage to the brain via trauma suffered by the head. These injuries can range in severity yet all have the potential to inflict terrible damage to the brain that leads to debilitating symptoms.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, there are approximately 1.7 million new traumatic brain injuries cases every year. They also estimate that as many as 5.3 million Americans are living with a disability caused by a TBI.
Some examples of traumatic brain injuries, include:
Concussions are the most common of traumatic brain injuries. They consist of damage done to the brain that temporarily interferes with a person’s cognitive abilities. While concussions are serious injuries not to be taken lightly, they are on the milder side of the traumatic brain injury spectrum. This is mostly due to the fact that they can heal on their own with rest and prevention of any further trauma but they can develop serious complications if not monitored.
These injuries can be summed up as bruising of the brain. The trauma suffered in an accident can lead to blood vessels in the brain being damaged leading to the development of a contusion as the blood leaks.
The brain actually moves slightly inside of the skull and can dangerously slam into the walls of the skull when someone violently jerks their head in one direction or another. The brain can suffer severe damage when this occurs despite the skull not being directly struck by an outside object. If the brain collides with the side of the skull that is the site of the impact then it is a coup injury and if it hits the opposite side then it is considered contrecoup.
Diffuse Axonal Injuries
When someone experiences very sudden and powerful forces that act on their head causing violent twisting and rotating then they are at risk of suffering a diffuse axonal injury. This type of injury consists of the brain suffering damage due to shearing and twisting of the tissue as it scrapes across the surface of the inside of the skull. Diffuse axonal injuries are extremely severe and have a penchant for causing comas.
Penetrating Brain Injuries
Many accidents can cause trauma to the head that leads to a physical penetration of the skull which does direct physical damage to the brain. This often exposes the vulnerable brain to outside vectors of further harm in addition to the catastrophic damage inflicted by such physical trauma.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury there are usually a host of symptoms that accompany the damage. These symptoms can range greatly in type and severity with much overlap between different types of brain injuries. Common traumatic brain injury symptoms include:
- Lack of coordination or balance
- Sleep issues
- Blurred vision
- Bad or strange taste in the mouth
- Ringing in the ears
- Mood swings
- Memory problems
- An inability to concentrate
- Vomiting or nausea
- Restlessness and agitation
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
- Numbness or weakness in the limbs or extremities