Concussion Injury Lawyers
The Alabama concussion injury lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. have helped numerous clients who have suffered head injuries caused by someone’s negligent or reckless acts. We have offices in Montgomery, Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile, AL in order to best serve you. We understand the sensitive nature of concussion injuries and the terrible impact they can have on the lives of victims and their families.
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion injury that was caused by another person, we have the knowledge, skill, and experience to handle your case. We have secured verdicts and settlements for personal injury and wrongful death victims across Alabama and the Southeast. To learn more, call Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at 205-933-1500 or use our online contact form. We can provide you with a free case evaluation.
What is a Concussion Injury?
A concussion injury is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way a person’s brain functions. Causes include blows to the head and the rapid acceleration or deceleration of a person’s head.
The fluid inside a person’s skull cushions the brain from minor bumps. But when a person receives a sharp blow to the head, or when a person’s head snaps forward or backward, the brain forcefully slides back and forth against the skull. This causes a concussion.
Common sources for concussion injuries are:
- Car accidents – A driver or passenger may suffer a concussion if his head slams forward or backward during impact.
- Workplace accidents – Concussion injuries happen at construction sites, oil fields, and other workplaces due to falls or objects being dropped on the victim.
- Motorcycle accidents or bicycle accidents – A motorcycle or bicycle rider may receive a brain injury if thrown off a bike.
- Serious injuries – Football players tend to incur severe head injuries in single incidents or multiple head injuries over the course of their career. Children who play contact sports, such as football, wrestling, hockey or soccer, also face the risk of concussions.
The most common symptoms of a concussion injury are:
- Short-term loss of consciousness
- Memory loss or amnesia
- Balance and coordination issues
- Dizziness and sensitivity to light and noise
- Nausea and vomiting
- Concentration issues
- Slurred speech
- Fatigue and sleep disturbances.
A person who suffers a concussion faces an increased risk for epilepsy. A person who receives multiple concussive brain injuries may suffer lasting cognitive impairment.
A related condition that results from concussion injuries is post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is the ongoing consequence of a concussion. It can require expensive medical treatment. It’s unclear why PCS occurs in some people who have suffered concussions. Symptoms may last for a few months or persist for a year or more.
A concussion may get better after a few days of rest, but in some cases, the symptoms linger. This is “post-concussion syndrome.” Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is the continuation of concussion symptoms seven to 10 days after the injury. PCS may persist for a few months or for more than a year.
Symptoms of PCS include:
- Headaches (tension-type headaches or migraines)
- Loss of concentration and memory
- Noise and light sensitivity
Like others who suffer a concussion or other brain injury, PCS victims may exhibit behavior or emotional changes. They may become more irritable, suspicious, argumentative or stubborn.
PCS is treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. This could include prescription drugs for anxiety or depression. Sometimes, psychological therapy for anxiety or cognitive problems is prescribed.
Damages Available for Concussion Victims
Doctors perform neurological tests, imaging tests, and observation to diagnose concussions. A doctor typically recommends that the victim rest and avoid both physical exertion and activities that require mental concentration to let the brain heal. This can result in many missed days from work or loss of productivity.
At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. we are committed to securing funds from the at-fault party or parties that will fully and fairly compensate the concussion victim. The possible responsible parties may include another driver, a trucking company, an employer, a contractor, a school or a coach. We will work tirelessly to secure damages that may include medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering and other related losses. In some cases, an award of punitive damages may be warranted.
Contact Our Alabama Concussion Injury Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion injury due to another’s negligent or intentional acts, the experienced attorneys of the Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. can help you determine your legal rights and options. Our founding member, Keith T. Belt, Jr., has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Alabama Super Lawyer. Combined, our personal injury lawyers in Alabama have more than 65 years of trial experience in state and federal courts.
We know how to deal with insurance companies, and we are aggressive in the courtroom. We always work hard for our clients. For a free consultation, call our concussion injury lawyers today at 205-933-1500 or use our online form. We provide free consultations.