Each year in the U.S., about 1.7 million people sustain a new traumatic brain injury. While about 52,000 of these injuries will be fatal,1 those who survive can be left with a range of debilitating impacts, including some that may prevent them from being able to work, maintain relationships or even take care of themselves.

At Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A., our attorneys understand how profound and devastating traumatic brain injuries can be, especially when the accidents that caused them could have been prevented if not for the negligence of some other party. That is why our lawyers are dedicated to helping TBI survivors protect their rights and hold negligent parties accountable as we work on maximizing their financial recoveries.

Traumatic Brain Injury Causes

More than 50 percent of all traumatic brain injuries sustained in the U.S. are caused by falling accidents and motor vehicle accidents.1 Other incidents that can result in TBIs, however, include sports accidents, assaults, combat, being hit by an object, etc.

When negligence contributes to traumatic brain injuries, it can come in various forms and at the hands of various parties, including individuals, businesses or even government entities. For instance, while driver negligence can lead to motor vehicle and trucking accidents that cause TBIs, the negligence of a business can cause TBIs when unsafe premises or products lead to accidents.

To find out if negligence may have caused your traumatic brain injury, contact us today for a free case evaluation.

TBI Signs and Symptoms

Traumatic brain injuries can impact nearly every aspect of people’s lives, potentially making it difficult for them to communicate, move or even take care of themselves. Some of the common, early signs of moderate to severe TBIs include (but are not limited to):

  • Agitation and/or combativeness
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Cognitive problems, including difficulties comprehending, speaking or concentrating
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Sleeping problems

Treating these and other impacts of traumatic brain injuries can require surgery, physical therapy, speech therapy, medications and possibly even medical aides.

Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors

Successful resolutions in brain injury cases can result in essential compensation for TBI survivors. Specifically, recoveries from these cases can result in damages for survivors’:

  • Future treatment needs
  • Loss of consortium
  • Lost wages, including future lost wages when TBIs prevent people from being able to earn a living in the long term (or forever)
  • Mental suffering
  • Past hospital and medical bills

Contact a South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.

If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. to find out more about your best options for getting on the path to financial recovery.

Call our firm at (803) 929-3600 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can learn more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.