Birmingham Brain Injury Attorney
The human brain is susceptible to many different kinds of injury despite being surrounded by the skull. Several million people in the United States live with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI of any significant severity can leave victims with lifelong mental, physical and emotional problems. In short, a TBI is often a life-altering event for victims.
Many traumatic brain injuries were not caused by anything the injured person did, but were someone else’s fault. The ability of TBI victims to obtain the best treatment and the most effective kinds of rehabilitation, assistive devices and other desperately needed help often depends on recovering damages from the persons who caused the devastating injuries.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a head or brain injury, please contact the Birmingham brain injury attorneys at Drake Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation from the party that caused your injury.
Why Choose Drake Injury Lawyers?
- We are not a volume-focused law firm or one that you will see advertising on billboards or TV. We provide a small-firm experience with personalized attention to every client and case.
- Our lawyers have been litigating personal injury claims for a long time. We have successfully resolved over 1,000 cases in the last 10 years alone, with a success rate of close to 99 percent.
- Our local law firm in Birmingham, Alabama is committed to integrity, respect, honesty and open communication with our clients throughout their cases.
PROFILE OF TBI VICTIMS AND CAUSES
A victim could suffer a traumatic brain injury in many different preventable accidents. TBIs can be caused by skull fractures – open head injuries that allow an object to have direct contact with the brain – or closed injuries, which leave the skull intact but cause damage to the brain tissue by bumping into the inside of the skull. Accidents capable of injuring the brain also tend to injure the other structures of the head, frequently causing skull fractures, cranial nerve injuries and the like.
According to a national database of TBI statistics, most TBI victims are:
- Relatively young (40 is the average age)
- Male (74 percent)
- Moderately educated (63 percent have a high school education or less)
The same database reports the most common causes of TBI as:
- Vehicle accidents (53 percent)
- Falls (24 percent)
- Intentional violence (12 percent).
Other common causes of traumatic brain injuries include sports impacts, falling objects, medical malpractice, birth injuries and physical abuse.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND COGNITIVE DEFICITS
You may have heard it said that there is no such thing as a minor brain injury. Even a TBI classified as mild may have lingering effects. The 10 to 25 percent of TBIs classified as moderate can still cause severe and long-lasting problems. With the severity of the head injury, however, comes an increase in the impact the symptoms can have on a survivor.
Physically, a TBI can cause a long list of symptoms, including:
- Deficits in vision, hearing, balance and speech
- Loss of coordination and strength
- Muscle spasms
- Paralysis and altered sensation
- Language problems
Short-term memory deficits are common and put considerable stress on the victims and those around them. Other cognitive abilities that may be impaired include:
- Mental speed
- Communication of ideas and emotions
MOOD AND EMOTIONS
TBIs are notorious for affecting the personality of victims. In many cases, family and friends report that the victim is no longer the person they knew before the injury. Depression and anxiety are common. Other mood and emotional problems may include:
- Emotional outbursts
- Loss of confidence
- Executive function difficulties
Some TBIs heal completely with medical treatments such as bed rest, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Others, however, can inflict long-term or permanent effects and disabilities. The ultimate prognosis for TBI victims is difficult to estimate because there is so much variety from case to case. Factors that can affect the prognosis of a brain injury include:
- The pre-injury abilities of the victims
- The number and severity of the deficits, both physical and mental, caused by the injury
- The ability of victims to compensate for functional deficits
The ability to compensate is itself a function of many different factors, especially the patient’s commitment and perseverance and the effectiveness of the victim’s support system. Improvements in function and ability are most pronounced during the first year after injury. However, although 62 percent of TBI victims in one national database were employed at the time of injury, only 28 percent were employed one year after the injury.
Friends and family of the victim also often experience emotional distress from a TBI by the fact that the person they had always known is simply gone. TBIs tend to have an adverse effect on the intimate relationships of the victim’s life, especially marriage. The negative impact on marriages grows as time passes, but couples who had been together longer before the injury occurred tend to be more stable.
Who Is Liable for Your Brain Injury?
Figuring out who is liable, or legally responsible, for your brain injury may require assistance from an experienced brain injury lawyer that has the resources to conduct a thorough investigation. In general, liability will go to the person or party most at fault for causing the accident and injury. You and your family can hold this person accountable.
If you were in a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver, for example, speak with a Birmingham car accident attorney for help consulting with the driver’s insurance company who is responsible for paying for your losses. The liable party in your lawsuit could be a driver, product manufacturer, property owner, doctor, government, employer or many other parties, depending on the circumstances.
What Types of Compensation Are Available?
If you successfully hold someone accountable for your TBI, that party or their insurance provider must pay a settlement or judgment award for your related losses. Although no amount of money can ever make up for such a serious injury, a fair award could help your family pay for related bills and enjoy less financial stress in the future.
A brain injury case in Alabama could result in financial compensation (damages) for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing health care costs
- Surgeries and medications
- Long-term or permanent disability
- Lost income and earning opportunities
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental, emotional and psychological damage
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost enjoyment of favorite activities
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
The types of compensation available, as well as the full value of your injury case, will depend on your situation. The best way to make sure that you and your family receive the compensation that you require is by working with an experienced brain injury lawyer in Birmingham. A lawyer can help you fight for maximum financial compensation, even if this means going to trial.
How Can a Brain Injury Lawyer Help?
As someone who is currently living with or caring for a loved one with a traumatic brain injury, you have the right to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you during the claims process. A brain injury attorney can make it easier to understand and defend your rights in the fight for justice. A specialized brain injury lawyer at Drake Injury Lawyers will take care of confusing and complicated legal matters, such as submitting claims paperwork and negotiating for a fair outcome, while you focus on your recovery journey.
HELP FOR VICTIMS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
Brain injury cases are often long, always difficult, and put the victim and family under tremendous stress from the impact of the injury. Not all law firms are equal when it comes to TBI. At Drake Injury Lawyers, we take only personal injury cases. Our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are specialized in personal injury law and provide personal attention to all our clients. Our success rate is near 99 percent on the cases we handle, including multimillion-dollar verdicts.
Get the help you need from a brain injury lawyer with 25 years of experience in injury cases. Contact us online or call (205) 970-0800 today for a free consultation.