Suffering From a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Newport Brain Injury Attorneys Fight for Your Legal Rights
The effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are wide-reaching and long-lasting. Many who suffer cerebral damage are unable to perform simple tasks, such as walking around the block or picking up a pencil, as a result. Memory function diminishes, as does one’s ability to reason. Further, it is not uncommon for an injured victim’s personality to undergo a dynamic change. Your brain contains your memory, your personality and your consciousness. If you break a bone, it can heal; if the brain is injured, it will likely never be the same and neither will you.
If you have a brain injury as a result of an accident, you might feel as if you have nowhere to turn. As the medical bills, emotional and physical toll start to pile up, it can easily overwhelm a person. However, the Newport brain injury attorneys at Myers & Ball, LLP can help. We offer legal assistance to individuals who have endured traumatic brain injuries due to another person’s negligence. We understand the costs involved — medical bills, therapy regimens, accommodations to one’s home — and our lawyers know how to work with insurers to maximize compensation for our clients, ensuring that all their needs are met. In your time of crisis, we promise to treat you like family. We will do our part to make things better.
What Are Common Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injuries?
In short, a brain injury is caused by a jolt or acute blow to the head, such as from a fall, collision or motor vehicle accident. It could be the result of a forceful strike or a fall. Typically, a traumatic brain injury can be mild or severe and sometimes can take a year to fully manifest.
- A mild brain injury is when someone loses consciousness, shows signs of confusion and/or disorientation which lasts 30 minutes or less. Even though such an injury is referred to as “mild,” it can still result in headaches, problems with memory and thinking, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration.
- A severe brain injury typically occurs when there is a loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes and memory loss is apparent after the injury for more than 24 hours. These types of injuries can result in impairment of higher level cognitive functions or even a comatose state. The degree of injury and recovery from a severe brain injury can differ on an individual basis.
Examples of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Hemorrhage – Uncontrolled bleeding in the area around your brain or in the brain itself.
- Concussion – When the impact on the head is severe enough to cause brain injury, as the brain might be hitting up against the walls of your skull. This can happen due to sports injuries, violence, falls or something falling on you. Sometimes, if the impact is strong enough, such a blow can even fracture your skull.
- Edema – Swelling of the brain up against the skull. Edema is a type of diffuse axonal injury, which does not cause bleeding but does cause swelling and other damage to brain tissue.
Why Are Brain Injuries Difficult To Prove?
It is one of the inefficiencies of our legal system that brain trauma is especially difficult to prove. Many brain injury claims are dismissed outright. This is because the effects of a brain injury are not immediately apparent. In fact, it may be years before someone who has suffered a major concussion, for example, begins to show any symptoms of cognitive deterioration. In such circumstances, the statute of limitations passes before a claim can be filed.
Moreover, even as medical technology continues to advance, the means used to detect cerebral trauma — EEGs, FMRIs and other scan tests — are often unable to reliably do so. Simply put, there is very little foolproof evidence that can be used to establish a brain injury in court. No two brain injuries are the same, either, and brain injury symptoms could be at least slightly different from person to person. If you were in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence and suspect some type of brain injury, then you owe it to yourself to consult with Newport brain injury attorneys to find some answers. Your lawyers can handle the legal end of things and see if you have a case while you focus on recovering or tending to a loved one who might have suffered brain trauma.
We Offer Quality Legal Support When You Most Need It
Our Newport brain injury attorneys devote a substantial portion of their practice to helping victims of cerebral trauma. We work closely with neurologists, neuropsychologists and related experts to establish damage and liability. We draw upon the experience of experts, such as behaviorists and other professionals, to ascertain the extent of the trauma’s effects. The burden of proof is high in brain injury claim proceedings, but our firm knows how to meet it.
To speak with one of the experienced Newport brain injury attorneys at Myers & Ball, LLP, call (423) 248-1023 or contact us online. We can arrange to meet at your convenience — whether at our office or at a location of your choosing — and inform you of your options for free. Based in Newport, we serve wrongfully injured individuals throughout eastern Tennessee.