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A serious injury to your head, brain or neck can alter your life forever. Based on the severity of your condition, you may be paralyzed, unable to communicate verbally and experiencing a great deal of pain. As medical bills mount, you and your family may be unsure of what to do. If your injury was caused by a reckless driver, careless manufacturer or other negligent party, our legal team at Banks and Jones can assist you with filing a personal injury lawsuit. Given your condition, we know that it is vital for you to receive fair compensation. But while many injury cases are settled out of court, we prepare every case as though it were going to trial.
Levels of traumatic brain injury
Properly diagnosing a brain injury is essential in determining effective treatment. Many people do not realize that a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury or TBI. Even a concussion can cause permanent injury if it results in a diffuse axonal injury (DAI), which occurs when the brain’s connecting fibers called axons become severed from the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the gelatinous brain within the bony skull. DAI is a common type of traumatic brain injury. If a concussion causes a blood clot in the brain, it can even be fatal. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing Knoxville-area clients who suffer the most serious brain, head and other catastrophic injuries.
The three levels of brain injury are:
Mild traumatic brain injury. When a person’s brain function is altered and he or she feels dazed or confused after a head injury, that individual has probably suffered a concussion. It is important to realize that while a few seconds or few minutes of unconsciousness is common in concussions, it is not always a determining factor.
Moderate traumatic brain injury. Most moderate traumatic brain injuries result from a violent shaking of the head or a hard nonpenetrating impact. A moderate TBI can result in physical, cognitive and behavioral impairments that may last for months or may be permanent.
Severe traumatic brain injury. Crushing or penetrating blows to the head can cause a severe traumatic brain injury that results in skull fractures, brain hemorrhages and death. Severe TBIs require immediate and lifelong treatment. Furthermore, severe TBIs can increase the risk for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Types of neck injuries
Whiplash is one of the most common types of personal injuries. It occurs when a motor vehicle is forced to stop suddenly because of a collision, causing the head of the victim to swing forward and backward or from side to side. Whiplash can range from minor to severe and is only one type of neck injury. Other examples of neck injuries include:
- Crick in the neck — A crick in the neck is characterized by stiffness or pain in the neck and is experienced usually in the morning following a bad night’s rest. It can also be caused from staring at a computer monitor for too long.
- Muscle strain — Muscle strains occur typically from overuse and overexertion.
- Neck sprain — An overstretching of the joints and ligaments is what causes sprains to occur. Quickly turning your neck to check your blind spots while driving may lead to a sprain. Additionally, falls are known to cause neck and back sprains.
- Neck fracture — A neck fracture occurs when there is a break in the cervical bone. It is usually caused by extreme trauma in an auto accident, fall or sports accident.
What are the causes of head, neck and traumatic brain injury?
Head, neck and traumatic brain injury are often the result of accidents involving speed as in a motor vehicle crash, falls on the same level or from a height and from blunt force as happens in a sporting accident or acts of violence. Here are some of the common causes of head, neck and traumatic brain injuries:
What does a traumatic brain injury look like?
Unless a person has an obvious gash on the head, a traumatic brain injury may not be clear. A person who has suffered a blow to the head may display some of the following physical, cognitive and sensory symptoms:
Anytime a person has sustained a significant blow to the head, they should seek medical attention immediately so that it can be determined if they have sustained a brain injury and receive treatment immediately.
Get help from a skilled Knoxville traumatic brain injury lawyer today
If you sustained a serious head, neck or brain injury in an accident, a personal injury attorney can represent you in your effort to recover compensation from the party responsible for causing the accident. After investigating the incident and determining who is at fault, an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney will represent your interests as they pursue justice on your behalf. If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you can get legal help to recover compensation for your medical expenses, your lost wages at work, the pain and suffering you have endured from your injuries and other losses related to the accident.
Contact Knoxville injury lawyers who uphold the rights of TBI victims in Tennessee
A head, brain or neck injury can significantly affect your life and the lives of the people you love. At Banks and Jones, our accomplished legal team fights aggressively to get you the compensation you need to pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income. For more information on our services, contact us or call 865-546-2141. Fight 2 Win!