Nashville Brain Injury Lawyer
Intricate, delicate, and poorly understood, our brains are the most complex part of the human body. The effects of a brain injury (“closed head injury”) can range from subtle to devastating. These injuries present a unique challenge in determining the damages, whether permanent or temporary, and the amount that would be a fair settlement.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or closed head injury, make sure the brain injury lawyer you hire has the knowledge and experience in this highly specialized and complicated area. Mitch Grissim has 40 years of experience in injury law.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
While all traumatic brain injuries present unique challenges for victims, there are four different types of brain injuries to be aware of. It is important to note that some injuries are minor compared to others. However, if you have suffered any kind of brain injury due to an accident, it is essential to reach out to your Nashville brain injury attorney to see if you have a valid claim and are eligible for compensation. Here are the four types of traumatic brain injuries to be aware of.
A brain contusion is the bruising of the brain. Your brain can become bruised just as your skin becomes bruised after trauma. Both types of bruises are caused by blood vessels that are either leaking or breaking. This is what causes the blue coloring of a bruise on your skin. However, brain bruising is much more serious and can lead to significant long-term issues.
A concussion is a more minor brain injury that can be caused by the shaking of the head, a high impact, or a rapid change in movement like whiplash. While concussions are not always viewable through imaging tests, there are plenty of telltale signs to help you determine if you have a concussion. These symptoms include mental confusion, blackouts, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, and ringing of the ears.
A concussion can lead to long-term problems such as frequent headaches, memory loss, and concentration issues. In addition, concussions are especially dangerous if you sustain multiple concussions throughout your lifetime.
Penetrating Brain Injuries
A penetrating brain injury occurs when an object penetrates the skull and pierces the brain. Oftentimes, this injury causes pieces of the skull, skin, hair, or the object itself to come in contact with the brain. This type of brain injury is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injury to a large or concentrated part of the brain.
Anoxic Brain Injury
An anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain does not receive the right amount of oxygen needed to function properly. If your brain is not receiving the proper amount of oxygen for over four to five minutes the brain cells will start to die leading to serious injury. The most common reason anoxic brain injuries occur is due to lack of blood flow to the brain caused by blockage from serious trauma, blood clots, or a heart attack.
If you or a loved one has suffered any of these injuries, reach out to your trusted Nashville brain injury lawyers to get the compensation you deserve to cover expenses like medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Brain Injury Causes
Most brain injuries are a result of a traumatic injury to the head. Here are the most common causes of brain injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips and falls are one of the biggest causes of brain injuries. Falls from a ladder, stairs, and a bed are the most common and are more likely to happen to young children and aging adults.
Another leading cause of brain injuries is auto accidents. Any collision involving motorcycles, cars, bikes, and pedestrians can cause any four of the major brain injuries.
Any type of violence that causes blunt force trauma to the head can cause significant brain injuries. The most common violence-related injuries stem from domestic violence, gunshots, child abuse, and shaken baby syndrome.
Playing sports can put players at risk of slips and falls and colliding with other players which increases the chances of traumatic brain injuries. The most common brain injury related to sports is a concussion and results from playing contact sports like football, basketball, hockey, soccer, boxing, baseball, and more.
A common cause of brain injury among active-duty military personnel can come from explosive blasts, penetrating wounds, blows to the head from debris, and bodily collisions.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to any of these accidents, reach out to your Nashville brain injury lawyer for a free consultation. Our brain injury attorneys can help brain injury victims pursue compensation and hold responsible parties accountable.
Closed Head Injuries – Your Life Has Changed
How Can You Make The Jury Understand? A traumatic brain injury is very different from any other kind of injury. For example, a closed head injury that causes brain damage isn’t like a broken arm. It isn’t obviously noticeable to an outside observer. The jury doesn’t know you personally – so how can they know whether or not your personality has been altered?
The insurance adjuster, defense attorney, or juror did not know you prior to your injury, or understand your abilities, and will not be able to see how life has changed for you and your family.
At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our Nashville brain injury lawyers address this challenge in a number of ways. First, we call in experts and specialists to scientifically show the physical damage that has been caused. Then we call in the injured individual’s friends and family – maybe the next-door neighbor you used to go hunting with, or a co-worker, to prove your prior abilities, your present condition, and how you are different.
Sometimes after a closed head injury, a person appears the same, however, in speaking they are unable to recall a simple everyday word. This is called aphasia. This can be hard to explain and it is frustrating for both the injured person and those around him or her. It is hard to determine whether this will be permanent or temporary. Mitch and his team work with the doctors to assess the damages and find the answers to those questions.
Contact An Experienced Nashville Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Clients can find Mitch in his downtown Nashville office almost every working day. A very accessible personal injury lawyer, he oversees each of the cases we handle. If you have a question about the progress of your case, our office doors are open to our clients during office hours. If you ever call with questions or concerns, you can expect to have an answer usually by the end of the day.
To schedule a free consultation, call today at 615-255-9999. You can also contact us online and we’ll get back to you with an e-mail as soon as possible.