If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following an accident, there is a lot you need to know. First, and most importantly, you are not alone. Professional help is available in the greater Gulfport, Biloxi and Pascagoula areas. There are top-notch medical professionals who can assist you through every stage of the recovery process.
Second, you may be entitled to a significant financial recovery. As you are undoubtedly learning, the financial and non-financial costs can be substantial. Even if you expect to make a full recovery, you could easily incur tens – if not hundreds – of thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages before you return to your normal life. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-financial losses are eligible for financial compensation in Mississippi as well – the economic value of these losses could very well exceed your direct financial harm.
Third, if you are entitled to financial recovery, it should cost you nothing out of pocket to recover the compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation with a Gulfport brain injury lawyer should be free, and you should not be asked to pay anything unless you win just compensation. Your situation is challenging enough without wondering if your attorney is treating you fairly. This form of contingency-fee representation ensures that your attorney will always have your best interests in mind.
Personalized Service and Contingency-Fee Representation for Claims
At Smith & Holder, PLLC, our injury lawyers provide experienced legal representation for accident victims diagnosed with traumatic brain injury in the greater Gulfport area. We take a personalized approach that ensures our clients receive the treatment they need and the compensation they deserve. And we do not charge any fees or costs unless we win. Our experienced Gulfport TBI attorneys have experience in cases involving a variety of different types of accidents, and we represent individuals and families in cases involving all types of traumatic brain injuries. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of the following (or if you simply have questions and would like to speak with our experienced Biloxi lawyers), we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation:
- Coup-contrecoup injury
- Diffuse axonal injury
- Intracerebral hemorrhage
- Penetrating brain injury
- Skull fracture
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs): Seeking Financial Compensation for TBI in Mississippi
Q: When can a person seek financial compensation for a traumatic brain injury?
The general rule for traumatic brain injury claims (and all other personal injury claims) is that you must be able to prove negligence or a product defect in order to recover financial compensation. From running a stop sign to failing to fix a broken railing, negligence can take a variety of different forms. Our Gulfport traumatic brain injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in all types of accidents, including:
- Motor vehicle (car, truck, and motorcycle) accidents
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Premises-related accidents (slips, trips, and falls)
- Product-related accidents
- Sports accidents
Q: What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?
The symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can vary depending upon the severity and nature of the damage caused. Potential symptoms for a minor case can include:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Signs of a potentially serious brain injury include:
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Persistent or severe headache
- Visual impairments
If you are experiencing (or have experienced) any of these symptoms following an accident and you have not sought medical attention, you should do so immediately.
Q: How common are traumatic brain injuries?
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that traumatic brain injuries are exceedingly common. According to the CDC:
“TBIs contribute to about 30% of all injury deaths. Every day, 153 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. Those who survive a TBI can face effects that last a few days, or the rest of their lives. . . . In 2013, about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States. . . . TBI was a diagnosis in more than 282,000 hospitalizations and 2.5 million ED visits. These consisted of TBI alone or TBI in combination with other injuries.”
Q: What are the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries?
According to the CDC’s data, the three most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are all accident-related. These are:
- Being struck by an object
- Motor vehicle collisions
TBI resulting from falls account for nearly half of all TBI-related hospital visits, and they are particularly common among the elderly and children under the age of 14. Being struck by an object and motor vehicle collisions each account for approximately 15 percent of all TBI-related hospital visits in the United States each year. Contact our Gulfport brain injury lawyer to discuss your case.
Q: What are the costs of treatment for TBI?
The costs of treatment for TBI are heavily-dependent upon the severity of a person’s injury. Common forms of treatment for TBI include:
- Pain medications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Anti-seizure medications
- Physical therapy
- Psychological therapy
- Occupational rehabilitation
Combined with loss of income and the out-of-pocket costs associated with severe accident-related injuries, these costs can far exceed what most people have the ability to pay. This makes it vital for TBI victims to seek legal advice about filing a claim for just compensation.
Q: Can I seek financial compensation if my spouse, parent, or child has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury?
Possibly. Depending upon the circumstances involved, you may be able to file a claim on behalf of your loved one. You may be entitled to compensation for your own financial and non-financial losses as well. For more information, please contact our brain injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We serve the greater Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula areas.
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If you or a loved one have been a victim, let a dedicated Gulfport traumatic brain injury attorney from Smith & Holder help you. To learn more about your legal rights in a free and confidential consultation, please call us or inquire online today. Our law office is located in Gulfport, Mississippi and we are honored to serve Biloxi, Pascagoula and all of Jackson and Harrison Counties with many types of personal injury legal representation.