Alabama Head and Brain Injury Lawyer

Head and brain injuries are among the most traumatic and life-altering injuries a person can suffer. They can involve significant medical expenses and reduce the victim's ability to enjoy or participate in many aspects of life.

A jolt or blow to the head can cause the brain to move with such force that it bruises when it comes in contact with the skull. The result can be a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that causes extensive physical damage that can lead to long-term complications or even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 5.3 million Americans have a long-term need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a head injury or traumatic brain injury.

Although head and brain injuries are generally the result of a blow or jolt that makes the brain slam into the skull. In some cases, the effects of the trauma can be minor and temporary. In other cases, it can be major and long-lasting. Brain damage can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, sensation, language and emotions. Traumatic brain injury is the most common cause of seizure disorders and epilepsy. It doesn't matter whether the initial injury to the brain was mild, moderate or severe, any degree of brain injury can result in these conditions. The repercussions can affect all aspects of life from school to social situations to work. Because traumatic brain injuries are serious and may last a lifetime, it is important to contact an attorney with experience representing persons who suffer from brain injuries.

If your injury was caused by the negligence of another, call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, we are here to help you. We represent both injured victims and their loved ones. We work with our clients to obtain money for medical care and other damages caused by the traumatic brain injury. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (334) 356-1925 or toll free at (855) 94J-CLAY, or use our online contact form.

'Traumatic Brain Injury' - A Range of Head Injuries
Severe head and brain trauma can reduce the victim's quality of life forever.
Some of the most common examples of head and brain injuries among Alabama residents include:
  • Concussion -This is a temporary injury that results from a mild blow to the head. The symptoms may include temporary loss of consciousness at the time of the injury as well as headaches and problems with concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination. Doctors usually prescribe rest and monitoring to ensure the injury is not worse than thought. The patient usually fully recovers.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - Any injury results from trauma, so any brain injury is, technically, a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Normally, however, TBI describes a severe injury that causes bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain. Mild TBI may cause what the Mayo Clinic calls "temporary dysfunction of brain cells." Severe TBI can lead to nerve damage, cognitive damage (memory, learning, judgment, etc.), communication problems, behavioral and emotional changes (including depression, mood swings, outbursts and social difficulties), sensory problems, coma and degenerative brain disease. It may even lead to death.
  • Post-concussion syndrome -The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome (PCS) are similar to those of a concussion. However, they can persist for a few months or a year or more and lead to anxiety and depression.
In many instances, the full extent of the damage does not become immediately apparent. As such, it is important to speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer after a head injury. Your lawyer will help you to determine when and if settling your case is appropriate and can assist you in both proving the type of brain injury you have and in showing the extent of past and future damages and medical costs you should be compensated for.

Causes of Head and Brain Injury
The brain is a fragile organ, and any shock or trauma the brain suffers can result in a serious and long lasting condition, ranging from headaches to diminished function that lasts from a moment to a lifetime. However, there are common causes of brain injury that occur more often than others. They include:
  • Car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents - The Mayo Clinic indicates that motor vehicle accidents are an especially common cause of brain injury among people in their early 20s.
  • Falls - This is the most common cause of TBI, especially among children and older adults. The fall may be the product of a property owner's negligent maintenance or failure to warn of a property hazard, lax supervision at a daycare or in a nursing home. It can also result from a defective scaffold or ladder at a construction or other work site.
  • Violence - Acts of violence account for approximately 10 percent of traumatic brain injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. When someone causes a brain injury through violence, he or she can be sued for an intentional wrong or intentional tort.
  • Sports injuries - High-impact and extreme sports, including skateboarding, football and boxing, can lead to traumatic brain injuries. TBI can occur during these activities due to negligent supervision, defective equipment or incitement to violence.
  • Combat injuries - Explosions from bomb blasts are another common cause of brain injury among active-duty military personnel.
Head and Brain Injuries Can Lead to Major Losses
Head and brain injuries can result in expensive medical needs. People with moderate TBI often require medication and therapy. Those with more severe TBI may need personal assistive devices, adaptations for their homes, in-home care and ongoing medication and physical therapy. In many of these cases, some person or entity is responsible for the victim's TBI as a result of either an intentional act or a negligent act. The party who is legally responsible for the accident or injury should pay these damages as well as other costs, including pain and suffering, loss of wages and loss of companionship.

Legal Help after Head and Brain Injury
We can help you!
If your traumatic brain injury resulted from a car crash, workplace accident or some other cause that was not your fault, it is important for you to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. At J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, we can help you by:
  • Determining what potential defendants could be held liable for your brain injury
  • Assessing whether you have a cause of action for negligence or for an intentional tort or premises liability claim
  • Helping you to gather evidence to prove liability and the extent of your damages
  • Negotiating a settlement or proving your brain injury case in court.
Contact an Alabama Head and Brain Injury Lawyer Today for Help
Call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, at (334) 356-1925 or toll free at (855) 94J-CLAY — or complete our online form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. If our Alabama head and brain injury attorneys can help you, we will work on a contingency-fee basis. This mean means we get paid for our services only when you recover money. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.