Brain Injury

Brain injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) occur when an external force, such as a blow or jolt to the head, damages brain cells and disrupts normal brain function. You may be eligible for compensation if you or a loved one has endured such an injury due to another's carelessness.

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What is a Brain INjury?

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A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant health concern characterized by a disruption in normal brain function, often due to a blow, jolt, or penetration to the head. Its impact ranges from mild disturbances to severe impairments, affecting essential functions like cognition, motor skills, and emotional regulation.

Functions like eating, breathing, walking, and maintaining normal cardiac function are all impacted by neurological signals from the brain. These normal daily tasks that we take for granted can often become incredibly difficult after a TBI. 

Challenges after a brain injury

The journey for survivors of brain injuries is often fraught with challenges: short and long-term disabilities, physical and emotional distress, and the necessity for ongoing therapeutic interventions. These hardships impose immense financial burdens and can profoundly affect your quality of life. 

At Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, we understand the gravity of your situation. We know that the future of brain injury survivors depends on receiving prompt and effective treatment and affording the necessary care. Our objective is to help you obtain the maximum compensation for both your physical injuries and the emotional stress you have gone through. 

How Shunnarah helps the injured and their loved ones

Our experienced brain injury attorneys are well-equipped to hold responsible parties accountable. From settlements to trials, we are dedicated to ensuring that you have the financial means to access necessary medical treatments and significantly enhance your quality of life after such a traumatic experience. 

We understand that things may be overwhelming for you and your loved ones, and ultimately, we believe that teaming up with an attorney can help you by providing:

  • Legal Knowledge 
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Focus and Dedication 
  • Commitment to Compensation 
  • Motivation 
  • Free Consultation

Understanding Brain Injuries

Experiencing a brain injury or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to an accident is a life-altering event. These injuries can arise from various incidents, including vehicular collisions, personal assaults, or significant falls. They may also develop over time through cumulative head traumas and concussions. 

Epidemiology and impact 

Recent data shows that TBIs are alarmingly common, with approximately 2.8 million cases reported annually in the United States. They contribute to a substantial number of fatalities as well as cases of short-term to permanent disability.

The demographics most at risk include children aged 0-4 years, older adolescents aged 15-19, and adults over 65 years. Males are particularly vulnerable, being nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized and three times more likely to experience a fatal outcome from a TBI compared to females. 

Common signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries

The symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can vary depending on the severity of the injury and can affect both cognitive and physical functions. Symptoms may appear immediately after the injury or may develop over time. 

Mild TBI, common symptoms include: 

  • Headaches 
  • Nausea or vomiting, especially early on 
  • Problems with short- or long-term memory 
  • Difficulty thinking clearly 
  • Vision problems 
  • Changes in sleep patterns, including trouble falling asleep 
  • Sensitivity to light or noise 
  • Emotional changes, such as feeling more emotional or experiencing sadness 

In addition to the above, moderate to severe TBI symptoms can include:

  • Loss of consciousness, which in the case of moderate TBI lasts more than 30 minutes but less than 24 hours, and in severe TBI, more than 24 hours 
  • Coma 
  • Weakness in arms and legs 
  • Issues with balance and coordination 
  • Hearing or vision issues 
  • Confusion and difficulty concentrating 
  • Communication problems 
  • Anxiety, nervousness, irritability, sadness, depression, anger, aggressiveness, and difficulty managing behavior 

Recognizing the symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in children can be challenging, as their ability to communicate their feelings and symptoms may not be fully developed. It is important to observe changes in their behavior and physical state, as these can be indicators of a TBI. 

Common symptoms of TBIs in children include: 

  • Physical signs like nausea or vomiting, feeling tired or sleepy, dizziness, loss of balance or trouble walking, and ringing in the ears. 
  • Cognitive signs such as feeling foggy or confused, slow thinking or processing, memory issues, inability to concentrate, and falling behind in school. 
  • Emotional signs might present as being irritable or fussy, more emotional than usual, showing sadness or nervousness, lacking interest or motivation in normal activities, and being easily frustrated or angered. 
  • Changes in sleeping patterns, including trouble falling or staying asleep, and sleeping. 
  • In more severe cases, children might experience long loss of consciousness, muscle weakness, seizures, and more significant brain and functional problems. 

It is important to note that some symptoms in adults and children might be subtle and can be overlooked by individuals, family members, or healthcare providers. If any danger signs are present, such as worsening headaches, seizures, repeated vomiting, slurred speech, or unequal pupil size, immediate emergency medical care should be sought. 

Costs a Brain Injury Attorney Can Help You Recover

At Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, we specialize in providing compassionate and effective legal representation for victims of traumatic brain injuries and their families.

When helping you get compensation for your brain injury lawsuit, we consider many different factors, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and wrongful death.

If you are concerned about the cost of engaging with a Shunnarah attorney, allow us to break down how we work.

Shunnarah’s contingency fee policy

Our clients are not required to pay any upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses to start their legal claim with Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys. We employ a contingency fee arrangement where legal fees are only collected as a percentage of the settlement once the case is successfully resolved.  

Free case evaluation 24/7

In addition to employing a contingency fee policy, our law firm provides free case evaluation for anyone seeking legal assistance, no matter the time of day or night.

If you have a legal issue you’d like to discuss, don’t hesitate to place a free call to our legal team.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Brain Injury Cases

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about brain injury lawsuits.

How do I know if I need a brain injury lawyer?

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, such as in a car accident, a fall, or a workplace incident, consulting a brain injury lawyer can be crucial. A lawyer specialized in this field can evaluate your case, determine if you have a valid claim, and help you understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What can a brain injury lawyer do for me that I can’t do myself?

A brain injury lawyer brings expertise in navigating the complex legal and medical issues associated with brain injuries. They have experience in dealing with insurance companies and are skilled in negotiating settlements that accurately reflect the long-term impact of your injury. Additionally, they can manage all legal aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on recovery.

How much does it cost to hire a brain injury lawyer?

Most brain injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. Typically, the lawyer’s fee is a percentage of the compensation awarded.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a brain injury?

The time limit, or statute of limitations, for filing a brain injury lawsuit varies by state. It typically ranges from one to three years from the date of the injury. Missing this deadline can bar you from filing a claim, so it’s important to consult a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.

Securing Results for Our Clients

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$25,000,000 Rewarded

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$5,000,000 Rewarded

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Alabama

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$12,000,000 Rewarded

Traumatic Brain Injury

Alabama

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