Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in North Carolina
Riddle & Brantley, Your TBI Attorneys
A sudden violent bump, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such an injury can bruise, tear, or damage delicate brain tissue. A TBI is particularly dangerous when brain swelling and bleeding occur. A brain injury can leave a victim with permanent impairment, including memory loss, seizures, loss of body control, and severe cognitive damage.
When a head injury occurs, life-saving medical actions come into play. Surgery may be needed to release the pressure build-up in the brain.
A TBI patient may fall into a coma, which is a minimally conscious state. A more serious condition is known as “locked-in syndrome” in which the person is aware of his or her surroundings but unable to respond. Some traumatic brain injuries leave the person in a vegetative state.
If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI as a result of a car accident, trucking accident, slip and fall, pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, or other misfortune involving someone else’s negligence, contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. You are facing months or years of medical bills and lost income. Legal help is crucial to you, your family, and your financial future.
At Riddle & Brantley, justice counts. We are prepared to discuss the cause and extent of your injury and the financial losses you have suffered as a result. We want to help you pursue the compensation you and your family need and deserve.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury can occur in any accident in which the head receives a violent jolt, bump, or penetrating injury. Head injuries in these accidents are common:
- Car Accident – Drivers and passengers can suffer severe jolts to the head in a car accident. The result can be damage to delicate brain tissue, leading to a mild or severe brain injury.
- Motorcycle Accident – Motorcyclists are at high risk of suffering a TBI when thrown to the roadway. Even wearing a helmet does not prevent every head injury.
- Falls – A slip and fall or trip and fall can cause a sudden, jolting impact to the head and damage to the brain at various levels of severity.
- Trucking Accidents – Truck drivers often drive hundreds of miles in a single day and spend long hours behind the wheel. That greatly increases the chances of fatigued driving and serious, even fatal mistakes.
- Sporting Accident – Sports, including football, hockey, and soccer, put players at risk of a TBI. The consequences of a concussion can lead to long-term problems for the victim.
- ATV Accident – A fun day on an ATV can become a nightmare when the vehicle overturns or the rider is thrown from the vehicle, causing a brain injury.
- Motor Vehicle Accident – Any motor vehicle accident with a significant impact puts the driver and passengers at risk of a traumatic brain injury.
- Work-Related Accident – Impacts with equipment, falls, falling objects, explosions, and other incidents can leave a worker permanently impaired.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries take various forms, each with specific symptoms. Some can be resolved with treatment, while others lead to permanent disabilities.
- Concussion – A concussion is the most common type of brain injury. Itmay be considered a mild brain injury, from which a full recovery is possible, or serious, based on the extent of damage to the brain, age and physiology of the person, and period of unconsciousness after the impact.
- Open TBI (Penetrating Injury) – These are injuries in which the skull and scalp have been fractured or penetrated. When the impact is so severe that the bone is broken, pieces can enter the skull cavity, damaging the brain. Symptoms vary, based on the location of the injury. One of our significant cases includes a $1.5 million judgment for a worker whose head was impaled when his employer accidentally dropped a tree limb on him. Please see our Significant Cases for more information.
- Closed TBI – When the skull has not been broken and penetrated, the injury is termed a closed TBI, a common occurrence in vehicle accidents. The damage to the brain can be fatal or treatable. A victim may suffer permanent impairment, depending on the level of impact and the degree to which the brain and surrounding tissue were damaged.
- Coup – A coup TBI is damage to the brain at the point of impact.
- Contrecoup – A contrecoup TBI occurs when the brain is damaged on the opposite side of the point of impact.
- Coup-Contrecoup – In a coup-contrecoup TBI, the brain is damaged on both sides when the force of the blow is so extreme that the brain moves in both directions, damaging, bruising or tearing tissue on both sides.
The Costs of a Brain Injury
The costs of treating a brain injury and caring for an injured person are extremely high and often extend for the lifetime of the victim. A victim may need ongoing medical care, repeated surgery to repair skull damage, and a long period of rehabilitation.
The responsible party must be held accountable for these costs. The lifetime costs of treatment can reach as high as $15 million. Even less serious cases can cost millions of dollars. Brain injuries carry emotional costs as well, including anguish, pain and suffering, and losses associated with the inability to work.
How We Can Help You
Riddle & Brantley’s legal team can provide you with personal representation, dedication, and commitment to your case. Our years of experience and record of success is of great benefit to our clients throughout North Carolina.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it is important that you get legal help. We will:
- Provide a free initial consultation about your injury
- Explain your legal options in plain English
- Meet with you in your home or hospital if necessary
- Thoroughly prepare your case and vigorously pursue compensation for you
- Remain available to answer your questions and keep you informed as your case proceeds
You are facing extensive medical bills and long-term rehabilitation. You may no longer have the ability to earn a living or complete day-to-day activities.Our objective is to get justice for people like you.
We take our duty to our clients seriously. We will pursue every available form of compensation, based upon the facts in the case. Our victories include a $1.5 million judgment in a head injury case from a work-related accident and a $1.05 million settlement in an auto accident claim that left a motorcycle passenger with serious brain injuries. You can read more on our Significant Cases page.
The cases on our Case Result pages are illustrative of the matters we handle. The results in your case will depend upon a variety of unique factors. Please keep in mind that not all of our results are provided on our site and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Call us today. We’ll help you understand how the legal system provides justice for you and your family.
Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TBIs contribute to about 30 percent of all injury deaths.
According to the CDC:
- Falls are the leading cause of TBI, representing about 40% of all TBIs in the U.S. that lead to an emergency room visit, hospitalization, or fatality
- Blunt trauma, or being hit by an object, is the second-leading cause of TBI, accounting for about 15% of all injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents are the third-leading cause of TBI, accounting for about 14% with car accidents as the second-leading cause of TBI deaths
- In 2010, About 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations or deaths were associated with TBI
- In 2009, about 250,000 children age 19 or younger were treated in emergency rooms for sports and recreation-related injuries that included a concussion or TBI
- More than half of TBIs among children age 14 or younger resulted from falls
How to Contact Us Today
At Riddle & Brantley, justice counts. We are proud of our accomplishments in effectively representing people who have suffered traumatic brain injury.
Behind the cases we represent are real people, suffering with personal tragedy. We understand the difficulties facing TBI victims and their families and care about their cases. Any compensation recovered will allow a brain injury victim to have the best possible quality of life, considering his or her condition. Do you need help from a lawyer you can trust to do everything possible legally to assist you? Call upon our North Carolina brain injury lawyers today. We are available 24/7 and we will respond to you within minutes.
Our team of litigators has achieved many notable victories and is committed to providing personal, caring service. Our victories include a $1.5 million judgment for a worker whose head was impaled when his employer accidentally dropped a tree limb on him. Please see our Significant Cases for more information. Our case results are illustrative of the matters we handle. The results in your case will depend upon a variety of unique factors. Please keep in mind that not all of our results are provided on our site and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Call us for help. We are ready to answer all your questions and concerns.