Have you or your loved one suffered a Brain Injury due to a fall or an accident?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, with 1.7 million Americans suffering these types of injuries each year.
A TBI can happen almost anywhere. A fall at work, a slip at home, a car accident on the way to work; these are all common situations in which a TBI can occur.
What makes brain injuries so scary is that, in some cases, the effects won’t manifest until days later. But it isn’t unusual for them to manifest even weeks to months after the TBI accident occurred. That is why it is so crucial to seek out medical attention immediately after sustaining a TBI, as timely treatment can stave off lasting damage – or even death.
Then, once you have gotten checked out and cleared by a doctor, you need to seek out an experienced legal team that is familiar with handling TBI cases. If a negligent party caused your TBI, then they must be held accountable for the actions that put your life at risk.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, contact our Greenville, SC, brain injury attorneys right now at (864) 479-8867. We are ready to hear your story.
What Is a Brain Injury?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a brain injury (or a traumatic brain injury) is defined as a form of brain injury that is sustained from sudden trauma. For example, a sudden blow to the head, such as what occurs in sports-related injuries, can result in a TBI.
Several factors can attribute to how severe the injury is:
- Time it took to get medical attention
Getting a proper diagnosis by a medical professional is crucial in determining how severe your TBI is and to stop any additional damages that can take place. The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) helps doctors do just that by categorizing the severity of your TBI as follows:
- Mild – Confusion and/or loss of consciousness, disorientation that lasts less than 30 minutes.
- Moderate – A loss of consciousness between 20 minutes to 6 hours.
- Severe – A loss of consciousness greater than 6 hours.
Keep in mind, however, that the severity of a TBI is not a good indicator of what type of health concerns may come down the line for a victim. A victim that suffers from a “Severe” TBI may not have lasting effects on his or her brain, while an individual that succumbed to a “Mild” TBI may.
What Are the Health Concerns Created by TBIs?
Various symptoms can be expected for sufferers of TBI. Individuals that have sustained traumatic brain injury may have short or long-term physical and mental complications.
Complications caused by TBIs may include:
- Blood vessel damage
- Nerve damage
- Vegetative state
- Persistent vegetative state
- Severely altered consciousness
- Brain death
If you have sustained a TBI from an accident that was caused by negligence and have endured any of the above health concerns, contact our Greenville brain injury lawyers today at (864) 479-8867 for a FREE case evaluation.
What You Should Do If You Have Sustained a TBI
Just because a TBI can take a while to manifest doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to the hospital immediately. You may be feeling fine now, but things can take a turn for the worse quickly. Should you sustain a brain injury, have someone drive you to the hospital.
If you are the victim, take a loved one along with you so that they can explain what happened to the medical professional that you are seeing. You or your loved one may have to stay in the hospital for a few days while doctors and nurses monitor your status. While you are at the hospital, you may have to fill out an incident report. Fill that out to the best of your knowledge, as this document can help you in your brain injury case.
Once you have been cleared by the hospital, get in touch with a brain injury lawyer like the one at Hammack Law Firm as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out, the quicker we can begin investigating your claim and securing the evidence needed to develop a strong claim.
Why Choose Hammack Law Firm to Represent Your Brain Injury Claim
For over 19 years, our Greenville, SC, law firm has sought to provide personal injury victims with the legal care, dedication, and counseling they deserve. For far too long, negligent and malicious parties have gotten away without paying what is owed to their victims, and our brain injury attorneys are looking to right these wrongs.
Whatever the situation was that caused your TBI, our attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you need.
Together with a supporting team of medical experts, research specialists, accident reconstruction experts, and other legal professionals, we can best understand your situation and develop the strongest claim possible for you.
With our insider knowledge of insurance law, we can fight diligently on your behalf to ensure you get everything that is rightfully yours – and not a penny less.
Traumatic brain injuries can be a frightening ordeal to overcome, not only for victims but for their loved ones as well. With the help of our dedicated Greenville brain injury attorneys at Hammack Law Firm, you’ll have a legal team that can help you recover from the negligent actions that caused your injury.
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