Traumatic Brain Injuries
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If you suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, contact the Birmingham injury attorneys at Belt & Bruner, P.C. right away. The effects of traumatic brain injuries can be far reaching and it’s important to receive fair compensation that will cover your future expenses and the emotional devastation of this life-altering injury.
Traumatic brain injuries have come to the forefront of news in recent years because of the high number of concussions in professional sports and the significant increase in head injuries in military service members. However, before people knew about the long-term effects of multiple concussions in football players, people were suffering serious TBIs in a multitude of other accidents.
The medical community has long known about the dangers of moderate and severe TBIs. According to the CDC, 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, or deaths were associated with a TBI in 2010. TBIs were a factor in more than 50,000 deaths that year.
If your traumatic brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury case. With the help of a good attorney who understands the devastating effects of a traumatic brain injury and has the skill to tell your story to a jury, you may be able to obtain compensation for your accident-related:
- Medical costs
- Loss of income
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of relationship with your spouse
The personal injury lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. have a proven history of successful results in cases involving traumatic brain injuries. We have obtained compensation in excess of $1 million in numerous cases, and fight for the maximum available compensation in each case we handle. To find out what your traumatic brain injury case might be worth, contact us today at to schedule a free consultation.
What is a TBI?
A brain injury is a disruption in normal brain functioning. Whether this is a momentary problem or a long-term disability depends on whether it was a mild, moderate, or severe injury.
- Mild TBI: Minor TBIs are more commonly known as concussions. If someone loses consciousness, it is for a brief period of time. They may be confused or disoriented and have a headache. Other symptoms include fatigue, nausea, sleeping issues, and balance issues. People who suffer one or more concussions can suffer additional cognitive, mental, and sensory issues that make daily functioning difficult for a period of time.
- Moderate TBI: A moderate TBI has many of the same symptoms as a concussion, except a person can lose consciousness for several hours and the symptoms can last for days after the initial injury. More serious symptoms are dilation in one or both pupils, seizures, fluids draining from the nose or ears. A person can experience severe confusion, agitation, and slurred speech.
- Severe TBI: Sufferers of severe TBI can have the symptoms of milder forms of brain injuries, but may lose consciousness for a significant period of time in a coma. Severe TBIs are more likely to lead to serious changes in personality or cognitive abilities and long-term disabilities.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
It takes a considerable amount of force on someone’s head to cause a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, a number of scenarios are known to lead to concussions and more severe brain injuries.
- Falling: Falls caused more than 55 percent of TBIs between 2006 and 2010, the CDC reported. Children under 14 and adults over 65 were greatly affected by falls.
- Car Accidents: It’s common for people to hit their head when in a car accident. It often takes more than a fender bender, but many crashes exert a great deal of force on a driver or passenger’s upper body. In older cars without additional airbags, people are more likely to hit their head on the window or side interior of the car. According to the CDC, 14.3 percent of TBIs suffered between 2006 and 2010 were in car accidents. While this was the only the third leading cause of TBIs, it was the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths. Crashes may not cause the most brain injuries, but they do cause some of the most severe.
- Motorcycle Accidents: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head injuries are the main cause of fatalities in motorcycle accidents. The CDC reported that 22 percent of non-fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents involve the head and neck, even while wearing a helmet. It’s important to protect yourself with a helmet and get medical treatment after a motorcycle accident.
- Truck Accidents: Because of the size of the vehicles involved, trucking accidents can cause severe injuries. Head injuries that occur in trucking accidents can be devastating and require significant medical treatment.
- Being struck in the head: People can suffer TBIs from being struck on the head by falling or flying objects. Individuals in certain professions, like construction workers, have a higher risk for this type of injury. Unintentional blunt trauma leads to about 15 percent of TBIs between 2006 and 2010, according to the CDC.
- Assault: A little more than 10 percent of TBIs were caused by assaults between 2006 and 2010, according to the CDC. This issue mostly affected individuals between the 15 and 44 years old. However, assault was the leading cause of TBI-related deaths in children under the age of 4.
- Sports injuries: These injuries can occur as a result of improper or negligent supervision, poorly made helmets, or incitement to violence, all of which could lead to a brain injury claim.
- Shaken baby syndrome: This is a major concern for parents whose infants are harmed by a daycare provider or other third party. We can help you hold those accountable who have injured your child.
Your Legal Options
If you were injured due to someone else’s actions, you may have the right to bring a personal injury claim against them in court. Depending on where and how you were hurt, you may first have the opportunity to work with the other person’s auto or home owner’s insurance. However, victims of TBIs are unable to settle with insurers for many reasons. Very often the insurer doesn’t believe their client is at fault or the policy amount is far below the settlement you need to recover and move forward with life.
If you can’t reach a beneficial settlement with an insurer, you need an experienced lawyer to help you bring a personal injury lawsuit in court. During a trial, you will need to prove the other person’s negligence led to your injuries. If you do so, you may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, disability or disfigurement, or pain and suffering.
Our Birmingham Injury Attorneys Can Help
Recovering physically, emotionally, and financially from a TBI is a long road. It’s best to have an experienced guide like the personal injury lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. We have more than 65 years of collective experience in negotiating and trying personal injury claims. As of 2016, we’ve recovered more than $1 million in 40 cases and more than $5 million in 11 cases.
Call us at for a free consultation regarding your case.