Fayetteville Brain Injury Lawyer
Helping You Recover From Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States, and every year, nearly 3 million people visit hospital emergency departments due to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Sadly, some people succumb to their injuries – and even the survivors face lifelong complications and disabilities. If you have suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, Richard D. Hobbs & Associates P.C. may be able to help. Attorney Hobbs has been in practice since 1993 and has nearly 3 decades of legal experience to put on your side.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBIs are a type of acquired brain injury, which means they are a type of brain damage that happens after birth. While other acquired brain injuries come from oxygen deprivation and drug and alcohol addiction, traumatic brain injuries are the result of trauma, or sudden (often violent) injuries.
TBIs can be either closed or penetrating. Closed TBIs happen when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, and penetrating TBIs occur when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Like other injuries, TBIs can be mild, moderate, or severe. While most people recover from concussions and other mild TBIs, moderate and severe TBIs often have lasting effects.
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The symptoms of your TBI will depend on the severity of your injury. In mild TBIs, you might experience:
- A brief loss of consciousness
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, and thinking
Moderate and severe TBIs include many of the symptoms above, as well as more serious ones. In moderate and severe TBIs, you may also experience:
- A headache that gets worse or does not go away
- Nausea and repeated vomiting
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to wake up from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
Additionally, moderate or severe TBIs can lead to long-term disabilities. You may have problems with cognition (thinking, memory, and reasoning), your 5 senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell), expressing yourself and understanding others, and your mental or behavioral health. After brain injuries, many people suffer from personality changes, depression, anxiety, and social inappropriateness. Serious brain injuries may lead to stupor, coma, and vegetative states, as well.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
According to MedlinePlus, the leading causes of TBIs are falls and motor vehicle accidents. If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property or sustained a TBI in a car crash or commercial trucking accident, you may be entitled to damages.
Other common causes of TBIs include:
- Sports injuries
- Child abuse
- Being struck by or against an object
- Acts of violence (intentional torts)
- Explosions (blast injuries)
Any time the cause of your TBI involves negligence, you have the right to legal action. If you’re unsure whether or not you have a case, you can always talk to our legal team during a free consultation.
Whether you need to file a lawsuit on your own behalf or on behalf of someone who is comatose, our Fayetteville brain injury attorney is here for you. Contact us today.
Why File a Lawsuit?
Filing a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind after you or a family member suffer a TBI, but the financial consequences of your injury may necessitate legal action.
A successful settlement or verdict can help you recover the resources you need to cope with and adapt to your traumatic brain injury.
Damages may include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative care
- Missed wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Many people who survive TBIs go on to live full lives but having the right recovery team makes the process possible. Filing a lawsuit can help you protect your quality of life and secure your future as you adjust to newfound limitations.
Why Choose Richard D. Hobbs & Associates P.C.?
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury in Fayetteville, Georgia, you need a local attorney for local needs, and Richard D. Hobbs & Associates P.C. is just the firm you are looking for. While we are understanding of your situation and offer kind and compassionate legal advice, we are unafraid to fight aggressively for your rights.
You will be working directly with Attorney Hobbs from the moment of your free consultation, and our team remains available and accessible at all times. Can’t make it into our Fayetteville office? We will not hesitate to travel to your home or hospital bed. When you call us, we are here for you.