Brain Injury | Durham Brain Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury | TBI | Brain Injury Lawyer
The number one cause of head injury and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Durham, North Carolina, is motor vehicle accidents, including car wrecks, truck crashes, and motorcycle wipe outs. With a population exceeding 229,174, Durham residents drive thousands of miles every day over state highways. When there are lots of people on the highways at the same time driving to work or to Durham’s nearby colleges including North Carolina Central University, Durham Technical Community College, The Art Institute of Raleigh- Durham, Mt Olive College, Durham College, Pfeiffer University, or Duke News Services, there is a high likelihood of the types of automobile accidents that cause head injury and TBI.
In Durham County and the surrounding counties of Person, Granville, Wake, Chatham, and Orange, the most common driver mistakes involve speeding, distracted driving, changing lanes, and driving drunk or high. If you or a loved one sustains a brain injury in an accident on the Durham highways, or as a result of a construction accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, blast or explosion, or other serious accident, you will need an experienced Durham brain injury lawyer to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Traumatic Brain Injury
The human brain is far more complex than any computer ever will be. It is the center of thought, learning, speech, creativity, spirituality, emotions, behavior, joy, sorrow, movement, and it controls all five senses. For these reasons, any injury to the brain is especially serious.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is usually broken down into three classifications:
Moderate to severe brain injury can cause coma, persistent vegetative state, and death. Even mild brain injuries may cause short or long term impairment, disability, and inability to function or work. Other consequences of mild, moderate, and severe TBI are depression, increased risk of suicide, divorce, violence, chronic unemployment, economic strain, and drug or alcohol abuse.
Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys — Understanding, Compassionate & Knowledgeable
An experienced Durham brain injury attorney has the working knowledge to get the right doctors to evaluate and treat your traumatic brain injuries. TBI can be the result of a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, slip & falls, construction accidents, work accidents, trip & falls, lack of oxygen during surgeries, drowning events, complications at birth, shaken baby syndrome, whiplash, or exposure to blasts, explosions, or toxic or hazardous chemicals like lead, mercury, or manganese. Unfortunately, brain tissue is so tender that almost any serious event can damage it and cause life-long effects. Durham brain injury lawyers are experienced and sensitive to your situation, and can help guide you and your family to achieve the best possible legal outcome following a traumatic brain injury.
Main Classifications of Brain Injury: Open Head Injury & Closed Head Injury
An open head injury happens when an object fractures or passes through the hard bones of the skull and enters the brain tissue. A closed head injury can result when the head hits an object; is violently shaken (shaken baby syndrome), or when there is no impact to the head at all but the brain moves rapidly forward and backward inside the skull (whiplash, coup-contrecoup injury). In a closed head injury, no object must penetrate the skull or cause a skull fracture to damage the brain tissue. Open head injuries are generally obvious and much easier to diagnose than closed head injuries, particularly mild ones. Please see our page about diagnosing brain injuries for more information.
Chronic Pain and Brain Atrophy
People who do not have a direct injury to the brain in the beginning, but instead, have been diagnosed with chronic pain or chronic pain syndrome for at least six (6) months, which could be caused by an illness, a serious car accident, or some other serious accident, may develop brain atrophy. Brain atrophy is a shrinking of the brain's gray matter of up to eleven (11) percent. Atrophy can be shown on an MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Atrophy from chronic pain is a new area of brain science, and a Durham personal injury lawyer will have information for clients who have experienced chronic pain for more than six (6) months. In years past, the science did not assist a Durham personal injury attorney in proving that a work-related back injury could lead to brain changes; today, however, the science is there to support such a claim, but without a knowledgeable Durham brain injury attorney, it would be nearly impossible to prove this yourself.
Head Injury & TBI Physical Results
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Why Should You Retain a Durham Brain Injury Lawyer?
Durham brain injury claims are complex and demanding, no matter whether the injury is mild or severe. The medical issues are complicated and require personal injury attorneys to have extensive knowledge, specifically in traumatic brain injury litigation. An experienced Durham personal injury lawyer who has handled brain injury victims' cases in the past knows how to discover whether or not you may have a brain injury from your accident. He/she will ask if you are experiencing headaches, loss of memory, dizziness, confusion, and other symptoms indicative of brain injury or brain damage. Please see our brain injury symptoms page for a complete list of symptoms.
A Durham Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help You Now
A Durham brain trauma attorney's responsibility is to assist in finding competent personnel to diagnose and treat your traumatic brain injury. Thorough investigation and documentation of your life before your traumatic brain injury are critical to convince an insurance adjuster, judge, or jury that your traumatic brain injury and the effect it has had on your life are real. A Durham brain injury lawyer can overcome many defenses and arguments to TBI raised by a defense team, which will try to deny you adequate compensation for your brain injury.
What Can I Try to Recover as Damages in Court for Traumatic Brain Injury?
When someone else is at fault for your brain injury from an accident or medical malpractice caused by negligence or breach of a standard of care, a Durham brain injury lawyer is ready to help you recover past and future medical treatment and rehabilitation costs, lost wages and lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish damages, and, where appropriate, punitive damages. A Durham brain injury lawyer may also assist a brain injury victim's family recover for the effect their loved one's brain injury has had on them. Ask a Durham brain injury lawyer if you qualify to receive compensation for mental anguish caused by witnessing the accident as a bystander or if you have suffered your own loss of the victim's companionship, consortium, services, love, and affection.
Durham Brain Injury Lawyers File in Durham County
It is important to hire a qualified Durham brain injury lawyer who knows personal injury negligence and medical malpractice laws. Filing your lawsuit in the proper venue, such as the Durham County Civil Courts at Law , or the Durham County District Courts is important because it is these courts that carry that award high compensation. Just an example of District Courts in Durham County are:
Durham County Superior Court
201 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Joint Commission Accredited Home Health Care Providers
Victims of traumatic brain injury often require care at home. These Durham area home health care providers have been accredited by The Joint Commission:
Duke HomeCare & Hospice
VA Medical Center
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Rex Hospital, Inc. dba Rex Healthcare
WakeMed Raleigh Campus
Maria Parham Medical Center, Inc.
See additional accredited home health care providers on the Open Head Injury page.
Brain Injury Lawyers and Brain Trauma Attorneys Serve Durham and Surrounding Cities
Serving clients throughout Northern Central North Carolina, including Anderson Creek, Apex, Burlington, Cary, Clayton, Dunn, Durham, Franklinton, Fuquay-Varina, Goldsboro, Graham, Greensboro, Greenville, Henderson, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Kinston, Leesville, Louisburg, Mebane, Mountain View, Oxford, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Roxboro, Sanford, Selma, Siler City, Smithfield, Spring Hope, Stoney Creek, Wake Forest, Wilson, Zebulon, areas in the vicinity of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and other communities in Durham County.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in the Greater Durham area, Durham County, or a surrounding area, you could be entitled to compensation, whether the cause was negligence or breach of a standard of care. Act now and hire a qualified Durham brain injury lawyer to represent you!