Rogersville Brain Injury Attorney
When a Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Your Entire Life
A traumatic brain injury can have devastating effects on injury victims and their families for the remainder of their lives. The brain can be easily damaged, and people who have experienced a brain injury often have difficulty doing the things that once came easily, or even recognizing loved ones. Many have to relearn simple tasks. They fight memory loss, have trouble with motor coordination, and could even fall into a coma. Brain injury victims are truly faced with an uphill battle.
At the Stapleton Law Office, we understand the challenges faced by people with brain injuries. We know that securing medical and rehabilitation care—and the financing to pay for it—is critical to your success. We are dedicated to helping our clients overcome a closed- or open-head injury, so our law firm brings successful personal injury lawsuits in Hawkins County and throughout eastern Tennessee. Our clients include the victims of closed-head injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and skull fractures.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by an outside force, such as a blow to the head, a sudden jolt, or an object penetrating the skull. These are distinguished from non-traumatic brain injuries, like tumors, which are often caused by internal factors, such as disease or infection.
TBIs can range from temporary and mild (such as a concussion) to severe and permeant (such as a coma or vegetative state). Traumatic brain injuries may even lead to wrongful death.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
TBIs are often caused by incidents and factors such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, motorcyclists.)
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective products
- Sports injuries
- Construction and other work accidents
- Assault, battery, and other violent crimes
Even minor accidents can lead to serious brain injuries. If a car accident causes minimal damage to your vehicle, you should not assume that a headache, dizziness, or other symptoms of a TBI are minor as well. There are many cases of people seeming to be fine right after hitting their head but are actually developing serious and even fatal complications.
Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
It’s common for someone to sustain a brain injury and remain unaware of its existence, its nature, or its full extent. If you have been involved in an accident or undergone a medical procedure, and you are disoriented or confused, or something just doesn’t feel right, you may be entitled to compensation as a brain injury victim. It is crucial to have dedicated lawyers by your side to research every angle and build a solid legal case to fight for you.
Many victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may not recognize the signs. Some of the more common symptoms of a TBI include:
- You routinely display quick, angry outbursts
- You become depressed easily
- Your speech has suddenly become impaired with a stutter or other impediment
- You forget words or thoughts or have significant “holes” in your memory
- You have lost a motor skill, like snapping
Signs of a severe traumatic brain injury that should be treated right away include:
- Clear fluids draining from the nose and/or ears
- Convulsions and/or seizures
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours—or more
- Persistent and/or worsening headaches
- Repeated nausea and/or vomiting
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
Without proper medical treatment, your symptoms could become permanent.
Use Our Healthcare Knowledge to Get the Right Amount of Care
Our founding attorney, Mark Stapleton, has over 35 years of legal experience and a strong background in health-related issues, which helps him to better understand his clients’ legal issues when a brain injury is involved.
Our in-depth knowledge of medicine, medical care, and rehabilitation techniques helps us accurately assess how much your future medical bills may be. This is especially important to know when bringing an injury lawsuit. Your lawsuit is the one chance you get to ask for the money you will need to pay these future medical bills. If you fail to ask for enough, you may wind up being unable to afford the care you need in the future.
Treatment for a brain injury is expensive. In addition to the cost of initial medical care in the hospital, your loved one may need extensive rehabilitation, which can cost thousands of dollars a day.
Are You Worried About the Cost of Brain Injury Care?
If you worry about the cost of providing for your loved one’s future medical care, there is something you can do. Call an experienced lawyer to talk about filing a lawsuit. At the Stapleton Law Office in Rogersville, initial consultations are free and completely confidential.