A brain injury is a devastating injury that can greatly alter the lives of the injured victim and the people who care for him or her.
Those who are suffering from a brain injury may have legal options for getting compensation to help pay for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Because of the difficulties that brain injury victims and their families suffer, our Charlotte brain injury lawyers do not charge any fees unless you are awarded damages in your claim. Our clients have been awarded millions in verdicts and settlements in past cases and we continue to strive for legal excellence in every new case we take on. If you are interested in pursuing a claim, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to determine which course of action is in your best interest.
To speak with one of our personal injury attorneys, call 855-856-4212.
Types of Brain Injuries
The brain is one of the most important organs of the human body and is responsible for shaping an individual’s personality, habits and cognitive abilities. While the skull provides some protection, there are several ways that the brain can be damaged.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a hard impact to the head that either penetrates the skull or triggers disruption in the brain. TBI’s are most commonly caused by car accidents, firearms and falls, which affect the youngest and oldest age groups.
Acquired brain injuries are the result of non-trauma related events, such as a stroke, near drowning, lack of oxygen or electric shock.
These injuries can come in many forms:
Open Head Injury
Open head injuries are the result of a foreign object penetrating or fracturing the outer layer of the skull and entering the brain, causing exposure and massive damage. These injuries are often focal, which means that one area of the brain incurs most of the damage.
Open head injuries are often caused by:
- Bullet wounds
- Blunt instruments
- Car accidents
- Sports or athletic-related injuries
Open head wounds are usually the result of another’s negligence or a malicious act of violence and will require extensive medical treatment. A Charlotte brain injury lawyer may be able to help pursue compensation to pay for extensive medical bills.
Closed Head Injuries
A person may experience a closed head injury when there has been some form of blunt impact that affects and disrupts the brain but does not penetrate the skull. These are most associated with:
- Car accidents
- Slipping and falling
- Work-related accidents
- Blows to the head
A person most often receives a closed head injury when his or her head is violently shaken and the brain collides with the inner-skull. The nerves located within the brain are affected and may stop responding, resulting in a TBI.
Closed head injuries can also be more dangerous than an open wound because the symptoms often go unnoticed.
Deceleration Brain Injuries
While the skull is a hard bone, the brain is a soft, gelatin like organ. When a person’s body is in rapid acceleration and suddenly decelerates or stops completely, the brain can come into contact with the skull. The impact often causes:
- Focal injuries
- Brain swelling
These injuries are most commonly seen in vehicle accidents. Our Charlotte brain injury lawyers can help you hold the accident’s perpetrator liable for negligence in the event of a lawsuit.
Anoxic Brain injuries
The brain relies on oxygen to fuel activity. If the brain does not have oxygen for more than four minutes, brain cells can die and more permanent injuries can result. These types of injuries often lead to disabilities, cognitive problems, and physical and psychological disorders.
This can occur if:
- Blood flow to the brain is blocked or slowed from stroke, heart attack, blood clot or shock
- The blood is not carrying enough oxygen, which can result from prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide or other toxins or poison, or drowning, choking or suffocating
If you believe another’s actions caused your brain injury, do not hesitate to contact The Nye Law Group to learn more about your legal options and to determine if you have a case.
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Complications Caused by a Brain Injury
No two brain injuries are the same and the damage caused by these injuries can vary greatly. The impact of a brain injury often depends on:
- The severity of the initial injury
- The rate of recovery
- Which functions have been affected by the injury
- The resources available to aid the victim’s recovery
- The victim’s ability to function in areas not affected by brain injury
Symptoms of a brain injury include:
- Persistent headaches
- Dizziness/loss of balance
- Memory lapses or loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light
- Loss of coordination
- Irritability or emotional disturbances
Brain injuries are often misdiagnosed at the time of the initial injury and can have effects that last for years. Symptoms of a brain injury may take days to develop. When left untreated, the damage can increase and cause greater harm to the injured party.
A person who has suffered from a brain injury often becomes dependent on those around them and needs constant care and attention. Our Charlotte brain injury lawyers are familiar with these types of injuries and will be able to advise you on how to obtain the compensation you need.
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Should I file a Lawsuit?
Brain injuries are unique from other injuries due to the potential for victims to experience complete loss of cognitive ability. After receiving a brain injury, an individual’s personality and ability to perform simple functions could be permanently altered.
If you believe another person was responsible for causing an accident that caused you or a loved one to suffer from a brain injury, you may have legal options.
In order for a lawsuit to be successful, you must be able to prove the following:
- The defendant was legally required to be reasonably careful and owed the plaintiff a “duty of care” not to cause the plaintiff harm.
- The defendant failed to act with reasonable care, or as others would have in a similar situation.
- The defendant’s action or inaction directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
- The plaintiff suffered injuries that are measurable under the law.
A brain injury lawsuit can help provide the compensation that will help pay for some or the entirety of these costs, and could provide some comfort to you or your loved one. North Carolina law for personal injury claims places a three-year limitation from the time that the victim receives the injury for a claim to be filed. If you wait too long, and the deadline passes, you will not be able to file a claim for compensation.
Contact our Charlotte brain injury lawyers to learn more about recovering compensation for the treatment you need.
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How our Attorneys Can Help You
In North Carolina, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is three years. It is vital that you speak with an attorney within this time and have medical proof that establishes a connection between the at-fault party and the event that caused the brain injury.
Our Charlotte brain injury attorneys can help you establish a case by:
- Collecting physical evidence, such as medical records, accident reports, photographs of the injury and any other necessary documentation needed to prove your claim.
- Interviewing witnesses who were present at the time of the incident to acquire an accurate account of the events that led to the accident. Witnesses may also be able to testify on your behalf.
- Consulting with medical professionals to establish credible testimony that your or your loved one’s brain injury was the result of the defendant’s actions. We will also retain medical professionals to use as possible expert witnesses in the event of a trial.
- Investigating the incident that caused the brain injury. This will help our charlotte brain injury attorneys obtain a detailed assessment of the events that lead to the incident and determine the circumstances in which the at-fault party can be considered liable. We will recreate the incident, as well as analyze every perspective of the scene while consulting with experts that can provide an independent assessment of the scenario which may be used in a trial.
Legal cases involving brain injuries can be difficult, as they require both legal and medical investigations. You will need an experienced and dedicated Charlotte brain injury lawyer to assist and guide you through this trying time.
Our managing partner, Robert Nye III, has practiced personal injury law for more than a decade, including the areas of slip and fall accidents, car collisions and wrongful death, while helping clients recover millions in verdicts and settlements.
The Nye Law Group’s offices are located within three miles of Charlotte’s major medical facilities, including Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, the Carolinas Medical Center. We are also within nine miles of Carolinas HealthCare System University, which has been nationally recognized as a TBI Model System follow-up site.
By retaining our Charlotte brain injury lawyers, you are ensuring that you will have a team of experienced and dedicated attorneys by your side. Contact us to determine if you have legal options.
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Contacting our Charlotte Brain Injury Lawyers
At the Nye Law Group, we take pride in the service that we provide in protecting and defending the rights of injury victims and their families.
If you have a case, our Charlotte brain injury lawyers will devote the entirety of our legal and investigative resources to support your claim and help recover you the compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.
Call 855-856-4212 to begin filing your claim today.