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Brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributes to the deaths of over 50,000 individuals each year. That averages out to more than 150 TBI-related deaths each and every day. TBI is also the diagnosis in more than 280,000 hospitalizations and more than 2.5 million emergency room visits every year.

A traumatic brain injury is caused by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head. Not every individual that is struck in the head ends up with TBI, but severe head trauma can greatly increase the chances of this condition occurring. There are various forms of TBI that range in severity and affect different parts of the brain. This condition is unique in that the symptoms tend to manifest themselves differently in each individual case.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury and another party was responsible, you deserve to be compensated. Before accepting any settlement offer from an insurance company, it is important to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney, so you fully understand your rights and legal options. At Alsobrook Jackson, Attorneys at Law, we have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered brain injuries and other kinds of personal injury in Alabama. Our attorneys have and in depth understanding of this area of the law, and we have a proven track record of success with these types of cases.

We understand that a traumatic brain injury can take a major physical, emotional, and financial toll on victims and their loved ones, and our goal is to make the legal process smooth and seamless. We work closely with our clients and handle the entire legal process from A to Z. We provide frequent updates on the progress of the case, and we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns that may come up along the way. Our skilled representation and highly personalized approach are major reasons so many clients have trusted us with their injury cases over the years.

How do Brain Injuries Occur?

There are many types of events that can result in a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common include:

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: Almost half of all TBI cases result from falling. Slips and falls can happen just about anywhere, and most of the time, there are only minor injuries (if any at all). That said, when someone falls head-first or otherwise slams their head to the ground, it can result in a brain injury. Individuals over the age of 65 and children ages 4 and under are most susceptible to brain injuries from falling.
  • Being Struck By/Against Events: The second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is from events where the head is struck by a loose object, or it is struck against a hard surface such as a wall. Being struck in the head is a common occurrence at certain types of job sites. Examples include construction sites, factories, and other jobs where the workers perform fast paced tasks using heavy equipment and machinery.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Vehicle crashes are the third-leading cause of TBI in the United States. The impact of a vehicle crash can throw the head back and forth in a rapid, jerky motion. These injuries can also occur when the head is thrown into a hard surface, such as the steering wheel, dashboard, or window. In general, the higher the speeds the vehicles are traveling when they make impact, the greater the risk of a brain injury.
  • Violence: Various forms of violence are the fourth-leading cause of TBI in the U.S. This could include domestic violence and abuse, assaults, or self-inflicted wounds. Violence is among the leading causes of brain injuries for children ages 4 and under, and many teenagers are also treated for violence-related TBI.
  • Others: There are several other events that can result in a brain injury. Examples may include gunshots and explosions, birth injuries, and injuries sustained while playing high-impact sports, such as helmet to helmet collisions during a football game.

Brain Injury Symptoms

As mentioned earlier, brain injuries range in severity from more mild types (commonly known as concussions) that last from just a few hours to a few days, to serious traumatic brain injuries that are debilitating and last a lifetime. Symptoms tend to show up differently in each individual, depending on the severity and other specific circumstances.

Some of the most common symptoms of TBI include: 

  • Headaches that are severe and ongoing;
  • Dizziness and loss of balance;
  • Loss of focus and concentration;
  • Blurred eyesight and other problems with vision;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Fatigue and lack of energy;
  • Anxiety, fear, and depression;
  • Unusual or risky behavior;
  • Mood changes;
  • Trouble communicating;
  • Seizures;
  • Full or partial paralysis.

Damages in Alabama Brain Injury Cases

When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, they often need extensive medical care to recover. In the more severe cases, there is a long road to recovery and the condition may be permanent. Compensation for brain injuries can be divided into two general categories:

  • Economic Damages: These are damages for tangible costs associated with the injury; such as medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and any damage that occurred to personal property resulting from the incident. 
  • Non-Economic Damages: These are damages that are intangible and for which it is difficult to assign a dollar figure. Examples include physical pain and suffering, psychological distress, and diminished quality of life. 

Proving damages in an Alabama brain injury case can be difficult because of the state’s “contributory negligence” legal standard. With contributory negligence, if a plaintiff is found to have “contributed” in any way to the underlying incident that caused the injury, they can be barred from recovering compensation. This is why it is very important to work with an attorney who knows how to effectively an injury case in a way that can overcome this defendant-friendly standard.

Speak with a Seasoned Opelika Brain Injury Attorney

Head and brain injuries are some of the most severe conditions individuals can suffer. If this has happened to you or someone close to you, and you believe another party was responsible, you need strong legal counsel by your side advocating forcefully for your rights and interests. For a free consultation with one of the skilled personal injury lawyers at Alsobrook Jackson, Attorneys at Law, call our office today at 334-737-3718 or send us a message through our web contact form. You may also stop by our office is Opelika at your convenience.

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