Pigeon Forge Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
The Tennessee Department of Health reports that each year there are an estimated 8,000 residents who are admitted to the hospital with a brain injury. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to head. A person who sustains a TBI will not look injured unless they were hurt in other ways simultaneously, however, the consequences of a TBI can be severe and long-lasting. If you or your loved one’s brain injury was caused by another party’s negligence, you should seek compensation for the physical and emotional damages. Contact a Pigeon Forge traumatic brain injury lawyer to learn more about how to proceed.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Any impact to the head can lead to a TBI. Open wound injuries tend to impact only that area of the brain. Closed wound injuries such as a blow to the head tend to have more impact on multiple functions of the brain. Even after primary injuries, such as a skull fracture, a person can develop other symptoms due to secondary damage that occurs over time such as brain swelling. There are certain circumstances that are more commonly associated with causing TBIs, including:
- Slips or falls;
- Motor vehicle crashes;
- Sports-related injuries; and
- Violent assaults including gunshot wounds.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
If the injury was to a specific area of the brain, such as a penetration, the symptoms will depend on the function of that area of the brain. However, if the impact was more general, such as in a collision, the symptoms will be more varied because multiple areas of the brain will have been affected. Symptoms include:
- Confusion or disorientation;
- Change to sleep habits;
- Sensitivity to light and sound;
- Vision impairment;
- Difficulty concentrating;
- Emotional reactivity; and
- Inappropriate social behavior.
Recovery from a traumatic brain injury happens most rapidly between six months and two years after the impact or blow to the head. According to the Model System Knowledge Translation Center, after two years 93% of the patients are living in a private residence, however 34% still required some supervision or help throughout the day. Receiving compensation allows the victim to get the proper care to recover such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and time away from work to rest the brain’s functions. At Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette, we fight on behalf of our clients with traumatic brain injuries to ensure they receive more than adequate compensation to cover medical costs along with pain and suffering.
Contact a Pigeon Forge Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette Today
Brain injuries are overwhelming and take a long time to recover from. While you may be focused on healing, we can help you handle the legal process. Our Pigeon Forge lawyers are committed to representing you or a loved one after a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Traumatic brain injuries often mean time recovering in a hospital or care facility. We can make arrangements to come to you for a free initial consultation. Contact us to learn more about your case and how we can help you.