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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have a lasting and potentially permanent impact on a person’s life. An injury to the central nervous system can impact your ability to communicate, move, and perform essential life functions. Even those with relatively “minor” injuries to the brain could experience changes to their personality, chronic headaches, memory loss, and more.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident that could have been prevented, you need to seek legal advice as soon as possible. The trusted North Carolina brain injury lawyers of Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC have been fighting on behalf of accident victims for more than 40 years. We know the level of treatment and support you may need, and we will fight aggressively for full compensation from the at-fault party. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help in a free, confidential consultation.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Not every traumatic brain injury will result in a personal injury claim. However, if you can answer “yes” to each of the following questions, you should talk to an experienced North Carolina brain injury attorney about your options:
- Was the traumatic brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence? If your brain injury was the result of being involved in an accident with a distracted driver, a case of medical malpractice, or another incident caused by a negligent party, you likely have grounds for a claim.
- Did the negligent party have a responsibility to avoid causing you injury? Motorists are responsible for driving safely around others, and medical providers are expected to follow certain accepted standards. If the at-fault party failed to uphold their responsibility, resulting in your brain injury, you should demand justice.
- Did you suffer actual financial or personal losses due to your injury? If you have medical expenses or missed work due to your head injury, you may seek compensation for these financial losses. You may also pursue payment for future anticipated losses and damages like pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by violent blows, jolts, or penetrating injuries to the head. The most common events that lead to head injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury
If your traumatic brain injury was caused by the negligence of another party, you may pursue compensation for:
- Past, current, and future medical costs related to the treatment of your injury
- Incidental costs you incur because of your brain injury, such as the costs of travel to and from appointments, accessibility modifications, and medical equipment
- Lost wages if you are forced to miss work while you recover from the brain injury
- Losses in your future earning potential if brain damage causes you to become disabled in a way that prevents you from performing your previous work
- Pain and suffering, as well as loss in your overall quality of life
If you develop a long-term disability due to a TBI, the attorneys of Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC can also help you file a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Time Limit for Filing a Brain Injury Lawsuit in North Carolina
North Carolina’s statute of limitations puts a time limit on how long you have to file a brain injury lawsuit. If you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit, you have three years from the date of your underlying injury to do so. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this three-year period, you will likely lose your right to recover compensation from the at-fault party.
Three years may seem like a lot of time, but you should talk to an attorney about your case as soon as possible. Your attorney will need to work quickly to preserve evidence and begin documenting your losses from the very beginning.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Except in the most severe cases, brain injuries typically involve invisible trauma that can’t be detected without specialized medical equipment. However, the following symptoms may indicate the presence of a traumatic brain injury:
- Losses of consciousness
- Dizziness, disorientation, and confusion
- Headaches and lightheadedness
- Blurred vision and tired eyes
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Nausea, vomiting, and unpleasant taste
- Compromised sense of smell
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Difficulty with decision-making or attention
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Difficulty sleeping
- Depression and anxiety
- Convulsions or seizures
- Losses in coordination or motor ability
Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury
The type of treatment required for a traumatic brain injury depends heavily on the severity of the injury itself. Mild brain injuries may be resolved with rest and over-the-counter medications. Moderate or serious brain injuries may require treatments such as:
- Emergency medical care, such as oxygen or blood transfusions
- Anti-seizure drugs to prevent additional brain damage
- Coma-inducing drugs to slow the brain’s oxygen consumption
- Diuretics, to reduce the amount of fluid stored in soft tissues
- Surgery, to remove blood clots, bone fragments, or pressure in the skull
- Physical, speech, and language therapy for rehabilitation
- Long-term medication management
Talk to a North Carolina Brain Injury Attorney Today
The experienced brain injury attorneys at Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC know what it takes to demand the compensation you need after a life-changing accident. We will act quickly to investigate the causes of your accident and identify all possible sources of compensation. Our established North Carolina legal team frequently works with a trusted network of healthcare professionals and other experts who can provide important testimony about the long-term effects of your injuries. Our goal is to give you the best possible chance at making the most of your recovery.
Our lawyers offer free consultations, and we never charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Contact us now to learn more about what we can do to help you during this difficult time. We can meet with you at our offices in Wadesboro, Wilmington, or anywhere else in North Carolina. We also offer virtual consultations for your convenience.