Compensation for a Serious Head Injury
Nearly anyone has suffered an injury to the head at some point in life, but most people will be able to walk away from the accident without any type of serious harm. The brain is highly susceptible to injury, however, and it does not take much to cause permanent damage to the brain tissue. If you have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury, your life may never be the same again.
You may be facing a future of chronic pain and other symptoms, and you might have sustained a permanent disability that will make it impossible for you to continue working. Don’t take any chances with the outcome of your claim-let an Alabama brain injury lawyer from Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC help you recover the full amount you deserve.
Effects of a Head Injury
Unlike injuries to other parts of the body, head injuries will often cause symptoms throughout the victim’s body. Because the brain controls and regulates the organs and muscles of the body, any type of disruption in its function can result in a loss of physical coordination or balance, as well as impairing sensation in the affected areas. Brain injuries will also commonly affect the victim’s cognitive ability, interfering with both thought and memory, as well as causing emotional disturbances such as irritability, depression and even changes in personality. An individual who has suffered a head injury may suffer from fatigue, may be unable to drive and might even suffer from seizures.
Head Injury: Causes and Costs
Head injuries can cause a partial or total permanent disability, and they can even be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all injury related deaths. The CDC reports that of all the 1.7 million new cases of TBI every year, the leading causes are slip and fall (35.2%), traffic collisions including car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents (17.3%), being struck by or against an object (16.5%) and assault (10%).
A head injury is not only painful, but can also be highly costly. According to statistics provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, the lifetime costs for a severe head injury can range above $3 million, approximately $941,000 for a moderate injury, and $85,000 for mild head trauma.