Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Greenville, SC, Helping Victims Seek Justice and Compensation
Have you or a family member suffered a serious brain injury in an accident or assault? Brain trauma can cause permanent disability, forever altering the victim’s ability to live an independent life. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims usually must undergo weeks, months, or even years of rehabilitation and physical therapy. Still, some may never overcome their head trauma or see a return to full brain function. If the accident which caused the TBI was the fault of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover a large settlement with the legal representation of experienced personal injury lawyers.
The insurance company or your workers’ compensation benefits may not pay enough to cover long-term medical treatment or lost income, not to mention the emotional trauma of a life not lived. But when you hire the legal team of Armada Law, you’ll be retaining the legal services of TBI lawyers with an exceptional track record of success. Additionally, your traumatic brain injury lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay if we don’t win. We are confident, however, that if we take your case, we will be able to pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries. With the proper settlement, you can continue seeing the physicians you want, get the care you need, and hopefully limit your pain and suffering as you start down the road to recovery.
Contact our South Carolina law firm today to discuss your options for filing a lawsuit in hopes of recovering the damages you rightly deserve.
What Are the Different Levels and Types of Brain Injuries?
Doctors measure the severity of a brain injury with the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), a formula that scores a victim’s consciousness following their injury. The GSC consists of 15 points. The higher the score, the lower the severity level of their injury.
The four levels of a severe TBI are:
- Mild TBI: 13-15 points.
- Moderate level of disability: 9-12 points.
- Severe disability: 4-8 points.
- Persistent vegetative state: 3 points or less.
The lower the score, the more severe the injury. For some brain injury victims, the road to recovery will be long. Some unfortunate victims may never recover from their long-term disability. But a victim should never give up on their recovery. Miraculous advancements in the field of medical science are being made every day, and there always exists the chance that a victim may yet recover and get back to their lives again, more or less unfazed.
In addition to the four levels of severity for TBIs, there are also several types of TBIs. The two primary categories are closed injuries and open injuries.
A closed head injury is a traumatic brain injury that does not puncture or fracture the skull. Meanwhile, an open head injury involves a skull breaking or a penetrating brain injury.
Several other types of traumatic brain injuries are under the umbrella of these two main categories.
A mild concussion is by far the most common type of TBI. They are caused by a strong impact to the head, causing the brain to move and collide with the inside of your skull. While this was initially considered a minor injury, we now know that bad concussions are far more dangerous than we once believed, thanks in large part to the studies done on injured NFL players.
Contusions are bruises that develop on the brain, often appearing in tandem with concussions. A contusion can vary in its severity. If it does not heal independently, it’ll become a hematoma, which may require surgical removal.
Brain hemorrhages are cases of substantial bleeding on or within the brain. Brain bleeding is not always a life-threatening event, but severe cases warrant emergency intervention.
Brain bleed on or around blood vessels is called a hematoma. There are several kinds of hematomas, including subdural, epidural, and intracerebral hematomas. Some hematomas do not develop until weeks after the original brain damage. A doctor must monitor care to determine whether emergency intervention is required.
A diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is one of the most serious traumatic brain injuries that a victim can suffer. Diffuse axonal injuries occur when cerebral brain tissue is twisted and torn within the brain (known as axonal shearing). Difficult to detect on MRIs, they are more often detected by the severity of the victim’s symptoms.
Penetrating brain injuries occur when a foreign object pierces or breaks the skull and impacts the brain. Sometimes the foreign object merely cuts the brain, but other times it becomes lodged in the brain tissue. This open brain injury often stems from gunshots and stabbings.
What Are Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you or a loved one have suffered a blow to the head, there may be certain symptoms to be on the watch for, which may indicate a traumatic brain injury.
Be on the lookout for these warning signs:
- Confusion and restlessness.
- Constant headaches.
- Depersonalization and disassociation.
- Difficulty waking up.
- Eye-hand coordination problems.
- Increased levels of anger, anxiety, and depression.
- Judgment problems.
- Loss of balance.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control.
- Loss of sense of time and space.
- Memory loss.
- Mood swings.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Numbness in hands or feet.
- Problems reading and writing.
- Pupil dilation.
- Seizures and shakes.
- Sensitivity to sound or light.
- Slurred speech and slow speech with a decreased vocabulary.
- Swallowing issues.
- Trouble concentrating and shortened attention span.
- Vision problems.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries are, thankfully, not the most common type of injury for a victim to endure. They usually happen as a result of incredibly violent and traumatic accidents.
Commonly seen causes of traumatic brain injuries include the following:
- Birth injuries.
- Car accident.
- Construction site accident.
- Defective products.
- Gunshot wound.
- Medical malpractice.
- Motorcycle and bicycle accidents.
- Pedestrian accident.
- Premises liability accident.
- Recreational accidents.
- Slip-and-fall accidents (as well as trip-and-fall accidents).
- Sports accidents and accidents occurring in other athletic activities.
- Truck accident.
- Workplace accidents.
When Should You Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney?
If you were in any of the above accidents, it’s absolutely vital that you seek medical attention immediately. Not only might you require emergency medical care, but you may miss out on your chance to recover compensation if you do not seek medical aid ASAP following your accident. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you must still see a doctor. The worst of your injuries may not develop until later, and it’s crucial for your insurance claim that you see a doctor ASAP.
Remember to exchange insurance information and contact law enforcement if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident. While waiting for the police and paramedics to arrive, try to document the crash scene and get eyewitness accounts of the collision.
When you speak with the police, answer your questions honestly. The police report will become valuable evidence. You do not need to talk with insurance adjusters, however. Anything you tell an insurance adjuster could be used against you to limit your potential settlement.
After getting medical attention, contact Armada Law as soon as possible.
Can Lawyers Help You Recover Compensation in Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case?
As your lawyers, we will investigate your case from top to bottom in order to understand all of the facts that support your claim. We will examine your medical records, review the police report of the accident, speak with eyewitnesses, and consult experts for their testimonies. With a strong case, we believe that we can recover both economic and non-economic damages. And, in cases of extreme negligence or cruelty, we may be able to pursue punitive damages as well.
Economic damages may include compensation for lost wages, lost future income, property damage, medical bills, and future medical treatments. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, wrongful death, lost companionship, and lost quality of life.
Contact Armada Law to Schedule a Free Consultation Today
Armada Law has years of experience representing injured victims in pursuit of justice and financial recovery. We understand that no amount of monetary compensation can ever reverse your injuries, but it is our hope to help alleviate your suffering so that you may pursue better medical treatment and a more complete and contented life.
Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay if we don’t win. Additionally, we offer free case evaluations to all prospective new clients looking to understand their legal options better.
To discuss your case in more detail and learn more about our legal services, please get in touch with our Greenville law office at (864) 633-3739.