Columbia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
165 Americans die from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) each year, according to the CDC. Thousands more, every day, suffer serious, debilitating, or permanent injuries. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by another’s negligence, the Columbia traumatic brain injury lawyers at Simmons Law Firm can help.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are five main types of TBIs, according to Brainline:
- Intracranial Hematomas—Blood vessel rupture causing blood to leak into the brain tissues and empty spaces in between. Hematomas can lead to pressure on the brain that causes brain damage or death.
- Coup-Contrecoup—The brain tissue is put under extraordinary flexion-extension during a coup-contrecoup injury, which is caused by rapid acceleration and deceleration. This flexion-extension movement causes tears in the brain tissue. Coup-contrecoup injuries are most common in traffic collisions, during which the brain is pushed forward and back rapidly during a sudden stop.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI)—The brain tissue is twisted during a sudden deceleration, causing tears in the connective tissues of the brain.
- Penetration Injury—An object, such as metal, glass, or wood, penetrates the skull and enters the brain tissue. Penetrating injuries are often fatal.
- Concussion—A blow to the head causing mild traumatic brain injury is considered a concussion. Concussions are the least dangerous of the above mentioned TBIs.
The Four Most Common Incidents That Lead to Traumatic Brain Injury
- Premises Injuries—Business owners and property owners have a duty of care to all invitees (people who enter the store, house, or business legally). Part of that duty of care is to create a safe environment, free of hazards that could potentially lead to head injuries.
- Workplace Injuries—Manual labor employees, including carpentry, roofing, warehouse positions, and other types of construction workers are at serious risk of traumatic brain injury due to the demanding and dangerous nature of their jobs. If injured, they can seek compensation in the form of workers’ compensation, and/or a lawsuit against their employer if their employer is found to be egregious in their acts.
- Traffic Collisions—Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer concussions and more severe TBIs every year as a result from car collisions, truck crashes, pedestrian and bicyclist injuries, and motorcycle crashes.
- Falls—Falls are one of the most common ways in which older Americans are hospitalized, though people of all ages and abilities can become victims of traumatic brain injuries following a slip and fall.
- Sports—School-aged children often suffer head trauma from their school sport. Football and soccer are the two most dangerous sports when it comes to TBIs, though not all schools can or should be held responsible following a sports head injury. In order to be held liable, a coach or other school staff member must have engaged in some type of negligence, such as putting a concussed player back in the game when the coach should have known to take them out and seek medical care.
Call a Columbia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today
TBIs can have life-long impacts on victims, diminishing their ability to earn an income, care for their family, and find the same type of joy in life that they had before the injury. Victims deserve to be heavily compensated for these damages. Our Columbia traumatic brain injury lawyers at The Simmons Law Firm can help. Call us today at 803-779-4600 to schedule a free consultation.