Mobile Personal Injury Attorney – Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can be serious or even catastrophic, sometimes resulting in lifelong impairments and expenses. It is important in such cases to have your case reviewed by an attorney who is experienced in recovering significant damages for serious injuries. In more than 20 years of legal practice, Mobile attorney Gary Fillingim has recovered more than $10 million for his clients. Read on to learn more about traumatic brain injury (TBI), and how the Law office of Gary W. Fillingim in Mobile can help.
Brain Injury Facts
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) most often occurs from an external blow to the head or the head hitting an external object, but it can also occur when the head is shaken violently, or when forward motion stops suddenly (such as in a car accident), and the brain is bruised inside the head or blood vessels are torn. TBI can be mild to severe. Even a mild TBI, also known as a concussion, can cause serious effects ranging from headache, nausea and vomiting to a total loss of consciousness, blurred vision, and memory loss. More serious effects may include long-term or permanent cognitive (mental) impairments, including loss of speech and language, sensory deficits, seizures and personality disorders. Bleeding in the brain and other trauma can lead to coma, a persistent vegetative state, or death.
Brain injury can occur in serious car, truck or motorcycle accidents, or in a slip and fall on wet sidewalks or surfaces. Workplace accidents are also frequent sites of TBI, due to falls from heights or being hit by falling objects on constructions sites, in industrial areas and warehouses, or even retail settings.
It is important to seek immediate medical attention after a head injury. Many negative effects of TBI can be prevented or lessened if diagnosed and treated promptly. It is also important to know, however, that some forms of TBI are not immediately observable. The diagnosis of a TBI can vary greatly depending upon the timing of when certain tests are conducted. Typical tests following a head injury include an MRI or CT scan, as well as tests and observation for functional limitations and other symptoms.
Brain injuries incur immediate and long-term costs
Care for persons with traumatic brain injury can be complicated and expensive. Often there is a very expensive period of initial emergency medical care and intensive care which may involve multiple surgeries. Acute medical treatment is often followed by an extensive period of rehabilitation, which may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychological counseling. Even beyond an initial period of rehab, PT, OT and counseling may be ongoing for years to help the injury victim achieve the fullest level of functioning possible. Persons living with TBI may have to relearn even the most basic skills like walking, feeding and grooming, and extensive vocational training may be needed to help the individual adapt to life at home, in public and in the workforce.
Help is Available for Mobile TBI Victims and Their Families
At the Law Office of Gary W. Fillingim, L.L.C., we understand the many complicated factors that go into determining the long-term needs of a person living with TBI. We work with economists, life care planners and other experts as necessary to prepare a comprehensive case that justifies the need for compensation in a clear, compelling fashion. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence or misconduct of another, call our office in Mobile at 251-445-7257 for a free consultation and explanation of your options.