Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries are a common occurrence, with 1.5 million Americans suffering from one each year. Most brain injuries are caused by car accidents, but they can be caused by many factors. Brain injuries are serious injuries that can affect the entire body. They can be permanent and even result in death. They can also be very expensive to treat, which is why if your injury was caused by a negligent third party, you need to seek legal help as soon as possible. See how a Birmingham traumatic brain injury attorney can help with your case.
Causes of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries have many causes, including the following:
- Auto accidents
- Slips and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Blunt trauma
- Physical assaults
- Medical malpractice
Types of Brain Injuries
There are three main types of brain injuries:
- Closed head injury. This is the most common type of brain injury. This is when the brain strikes against the skull. It can lead to concussion, pressure on the brain, and brain bleed.
- Penetrating head injury. This brain injury involves a fracture or break in the skull.
- Blast injury. This type of head injury results from an explosion.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain injuries
A mild brain injury may have the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Feeling dazed or confused
- Loss of balance
- Speech difficulties
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
A moderate or severe brain injury may have these symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent headache
- Dilation of the pupils
- Weakness or numbness
- Severe confusion
- Changes in behavior
Damages in a Brain Injury Case
There are two basic types of damages in brain injury cases: special damages and general damages. Special damages are also known as economic damages and they are quantifiable losses, including:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Medical expenses (past and future), including hospital bills, medications, and rehabilitation
- Any property damage
- Funeral and burial expenses (if the brain injury resulted in death)
There are also general damages to consider. These are known as non-economic losses, as they are subjective losses with no exact dollar amounts. They include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
The amount of compensation a traumatic brain injury victim can receive will depend on factors such as the degree of the injury, liability, characteristics of the victim, the number of defendants involved, and the location of the trial.
Contact a Birmingham Brain Injury Attorney Today
In Alabama, you have two years to bring a claim against the negligent party for a traumatic brain injury claim. These injuries can cost millions of dollars, so don’t lose out on your opportunity for compensation.
The personal injury lawyers at Goldasich, Vick & Fulk can assist you with a traumatic brain injury claim. This can be a complex situation, so let us aggressively fight for your legal rights. Give us a call today at (205) 731-2566 to schedule a free consultation.