Over 10,000 Alabama residents experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. Many traumatic brain injury patients experience short and long-term behavioral, physical, and cognitive disabilities. In July, Auburn University hosted a traumatic brain injury camp. The camp’s purpose was to help faculty and students discover new ideas, strategies, methods, and technologies for helping patients with traumatic brain injuries adjust to their new normal after a TBI. They used a multidisciplinary approach that included audiology, nursing, speech, hearing, and kinesiology teams.
Discuss Your TBI Case With a Personal Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately, many traumatic brain injuries are caused by preventable personal injury accidents. If your loved one has a TBI due to another person or company’s recklessness or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Discussing your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer is one of the best things you can do to protect your claim to compensation. At Heninger Garrison Davis, we have helped many Alabama residents with traumatic brain injuries recover the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can happen nearly anywhere. Car accidents, slip and falls, and assaults can all cause traumatic brain injuries. Whenever an object strikes a person’s head forcefully or a person’s head snaps back and forth in an accident, the brain can become torn, bruised, and begin bleeding. More research has shown that even mild and moderate brain injuries can have long-lasting effects, causing post-concussion syndrome. We will discuss some of the most common causes of brain injuries below.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are far more common than most of us realize. Victims can fall from great heights or slip and fall on icy staircases or steps. Falls from great heights and slip and fall accidents on the ground are among the most common causes of brain injuries. Individuals over age 65 are the most at risk of suffering a TBI from a slip and fall accident. The victim may hit his or her head on a shelf on the way down after slipping. In other cases, the victim slips and falls backward, slamming his or her head on the hard floor.
Motor Vehicle Accident
Anytime an extreme amount of force is placed on a person’s head, there is a risk of a brain injury. Head trauma during a motor vehicle accident can be severe, especially in multi-vehicle collisions and high-speed collisions. Even though airbags can prevent the vehicle’s passengers and occupants from severe brain injuries, airbags do not always function correctly. Defects in the airbag could render the device ineffective or even dangerous. When airbags deploy correctly, there is still a chance that the victim could experience brain trauma due to the force of the accident.
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Assault is another common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Whether someone is punched in the head, thrown on the ground, or thrown into another object, the impact of the assault can cause the brain to become injured. Victims can experience a severe traumatic brain injury or even pass away from brain damage.
Blunt force trauma from sliding objects on job work sites is a common cause of brain injuries. In other cases, construction workers may fall, causing brain damage. The risk of having a severe injury increases when construction companies do not follow OSHA safety regulations. Construction sites also have heavy machinery that can cause people to become trapped or experience brain injuries through crushing.
Recovering Compensation After a TBI
TBI injuries impact people every day, and the recovery process can be difficult. Traumatic brain injuries can be some of the most expensive and devastating injuries from which to recover. Those with severe traumatic brain injuries may not be able to function independently after their injury. They could require ongoing medical care and supervised nursing care.
Paying for all of the care you need can be difficult. One of the best things you can do is discuss your case with one of our personal injury lawyers. We will evaluate your claim and help you understand how much your case is worth. Contact Heninger Garrison Davis today to schedule your free initial consultation.