Chattanooga Brain Injury Lawyer
Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident is a life-altering event. Not only do you have the burden of recovery, but the medical expenses you incur and the income you lose from missing work can put an immense financial strain on you and your family. You need to know about your legal rights and the monetary compensation you may be entitled to recover.
Attorney Scott Davis is an experienced personal injury accident lawyer, with over 200 trials taken to verdict. With more than 15 years’ experience in legal practice, including time as a defense attorney for the insurance companies, he knows how insurance companies fight personal injury claims. He now uses that experience on behalf of people who’ve been injured through no fault of their own. Attorney Davis has also served as a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force, so he understands the values of service, integrity, and respect, and strives to practice them every day.
Contact The Davis Firm, LLC today to get an experienced brain injury lawyer on your side. The consultation and claim review are free and come with no obligations on your part.
How Our Chattanooga Brain Injury Lawyers Can Make a Difference for You
If you’re recovering from a TBI that occurred due to someone else’s negligence or even other injuries like spine injury and broken bones, you don’t have the time and energy to pursue a legal claim. Our brain injury lawyers can take on the burden of investigating the accident, collecting documents, building your case, negotiating with the insurance companies, and, if necessary, taking your claim to trial.
Attorney Davis has a long track record of success with an extensive background in insurance defense. He can help you throughout the personal injury claim process. The insurance companies will take your claim seriously when they know he is the one who is working to get you fair compensation.
Compensation for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries
If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to significant compensation. These monetary damages typically fall into four main categories:
- Past and future medical expenses – Hospital and surgery bills, doctor’s visits, rehabilitation costs, medication
- Past and future lost income – Income lost from work missed while recuperating from a brain injury or income lost if you return to work with fewer hours or to another job at a lower rate of pay
- Pain and suffering – The pain you’ve endured because of your injury
- Loss of enjoyment of life – The inability to return to the activities you did before you were injured
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Mayo Clinic, TBI is typically caused by a blow or other traumatic force to the head or body. Events that can cause traumatic brain injury include:
- Falls (from a bed, downstairs, in the shower, for example)
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Violent encounters, including assaults, gunshot wounds, or shaken baby syndrome
- Sports and recreational activities
- Explosive blasts
Types of Head and Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control notes that head and brain injuries are typically divided into mild, moderate, and severe categories. The organization also reports that hospitals and medical professionals use one or more clinical tools to assess the severity of a traumatic brain injury. These tools include the Abbreviated Injury Scale, the Trauma Score, and the Abbreviated Trauma Score.
One of the most commonly used tools for scoring the severity of a brain injury is the Glasgow Coma Scale, which is used to assess coma and impaired consciousness. The GCS assesses traumatic brain injury based on eye, verbal and motor response criteria as follows:
- Severe traumatic brain injury score — 3 to 8
- Moderate traumatic brain injury score — 9 to 12
- Mild traumatic brain injury score — 13 to 15
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
TBI can exhibit a wide range of physical and psychological effects, which can appear immediately after a traumatic event or in the days or weeks following it. Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries can include:
- Loss of consciousness for several seconds to several minutes
- Being dazed, confused, or disoriented
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Speech difficulties
- Sleeping issues or sleeping more than usual
- Balance and coordination issues
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- A bad taste in the mouth
- A change in the ability to smell
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
Symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can include:
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes to several hours
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Ongoing nausea or vomiting
- Convulsion or seizure
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Clear fluids running from the nose or eyes
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Coordination issues
- Significant confusion
- Agitation, aggression, or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury in infants and young children may also include:
- Changes in nursing or eating habits
- Unusual or easy irritability
- Persistent crying and the inability to be consoled
- Changes in attention span
- Changes in sleep habits
- Depressed mood
- Loss of interest in toys and activities
If you or a loved one is experiencing some of these symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What to Expect in Treatment for Brain Injuries
Just as the symptoms of brain injuries vary from case to case, so does the treatment. Some very mild traumatic brain injuries may require nothing more than rest and over-the-counter pain relievers for headaches. People who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries should limit physical and cognitive activities until they are cleared by a physician. Patients should also be monitored in the days and weeks after an injury for any new, persistent, or worsening symptoms.
Someone who has sustained a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury should receive immediate medical care to ensure adequate blood supply and to prevent further injury to the head or neck. Soon after a significant TBI, a patient may be given medication to limit secondary damage. This medication may include diuretics to reduce fluid pressure inside the brain, anti-seizure drugs if there is a risk of seizure, and coma-inducing drugs if the injury has left blood vessels unable to support the brain with normal amounts of oxygen and nutrients.
A patient may also undergo surgery to repair or minimize damage to the brain, including removing clotted blood putting pressure on the brain, repairing skull fractures, stopping ongoing bleeding, and opening a portion of the skull to drain fluid or provide more room for swollen tissue.
People who suffer significant TBI often require rehabilitation to relearn walking, talking, and the ability to perform daily activities or job tasks.
Contact the Chattanooga Brain Injury Lawyers of The Davis Firm, LLC Today
After a traumatic brain injury, your main concern is recovering from your injury and getting back to your life. If your injury was caused by the negligence of someone else, let the Chattanooga personal injury lawyers of The Davis Firm, LLC handle the work of seeking the compensation you deserve.
Call or contact us online now for a free and confidential consultation about your legal rights.