Closed Head Injuries
Memphis Attorneys Assisting Brain Trauma Victims
Closed head injuries are injuries to the head in which the skull is not penetrated. Often, they result from a strong force being placed on the head during a car accident, bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall, or intentional assault. Closed head injuries may be mild or severe, and sometimes they may even result in death. Complications may include brain swelling, intracranial pressure, and permanent brain damage. If you suffer closed head injuries because of someone else’s actions in Tennessee or anywhere else in the South, you should retain an experienced Memphis brain injury attorney at our firm. These injuries may be expensive, and for many people, it is necessary to bring a lawsuit to be able to afford the medical expenses and costs of rehabilitation.
Compensation for Closed Head Injuries
Symptoms of closed head injuries may include dizziness, vomiting, headache, ringing in the ears, nausea, and slurred speech. Closed head injuries may include concussions, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries, and hematomas. Each of these injuries has additional symptoms. For example, concussions may result in confusion, difficulty balancing, mood swings, changes in sleep patterns, and light sensitivity. When a closed head injury is caused by someone else, it may be possible to recover damages. This may prove crucial to accident victims in cases in which income is lost or medical expenses are substantial. What you need to prove to recover damages depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident and the place where the accident happened. For example, in a car accident, it is often necessary to establish a driver’s negligence. This applies when a driver owes a duty of care, fails to meet this duty, and in so failing causes injuries or losses. Often, the defendant asserts comparative negligence, meaning that they are claiming that the plaintiff was partially or fully to blame.
Each state follows its own rule about comparative negligence. In Tennessee, for example, there is a 50% rule, such that if you are found 49% or less at fault for an accident, you may recover damages minus an amount equal to your proportion of fault. However, you will be barred from recovering compensation, even for serious closed head injuries, if the other side is able to show that you were 50% or more at fault. An experienced plaintiff’s attorney may be able to prevent the defendant from being able to show that your comparative fault is more than 49%.
If your closed head injury was a result of a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be able to bring a premises liability lawsuit. You will most likely need to show that whatever caused the fall was a condition of which the property owner or occupier knew or should have known. For example, if you trip on a store step that is broken, you will need to show that the store owner knew about the broken step or would have known about the broken step had it used reasonable care to inspect its property. Actual or constructive notice is often the element on which a defendant hangs their hat in a premises liability case. If you can establish it, they may not have many other ways to contest liability.
Retain a Brain Injury Attorney in Memphis or Surrounding Areas
Closed head injuries may result in wage loss, medical bills, therapy bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other significant losses. If you suffer closed head injuries in Tennessee or another Southern state, you may be able to recover your economic and non-economic damages from the party responsible for your condition. Our firm, which employs over 30 attorneys and 120 staff members, may be able to help you recover damages. Through aggressive representation, we serve accident victims throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri, including in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Little Rock, Jonesboro, and Columbus. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free appointment with a personal injury lawyer or a wrongful death attorney. NST is the way to go.