Charlotte, NC Brain Injury Attorneys
Compassionate help for victims of traumatic brain injuries in Mecklenburg County
When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, realizing the full effects of the injury on daily life may not happen right away. Brain injuries are known to cause memory loss, sleeping problems, headaches, mood swings, and personality changes are a result of an injury. In these cases, friends and family are the strongest advocates a person has in helping to build a case for restitution.
The attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates in Charlotte have built a strong record of success in personal injury cases, including those involving a traumatic brain injury. When you choose us to handle your case, you can be certain that you will understand why clients have looked to us for skilled representation since 1979. We want to help secure the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and move on to a better future.
What would you like to know?
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury typically resulting from a violent blow or jolt to the head. A person can also suffer a TBI from an object that penetrates the skull and injures the brain tissue. Any trauma that causes the brain to jostle inside the skull, bleed, swell, or lose oxygen can cause a serious brain injury.
The Mayo Clinic reports that even “mild traumatic brain injury may affect your brain cells temporarily. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain. These injuries can result in long-term complications or death.” This is why traumatic brain injuries are categorized as catastrophic injuries.
What are some common causes of Charlotte brain injuries?
Brain injuries are not uncommon after serious accidents. However, just because they’re not uncommon doesn’t they shouldn’t be taken very seriously. The reality is that any type of traumatic brain injury, whether moderate or severe, can lead to significant short- or long-term disability. At Price, Petho & Associates, our attorneys regularly help clients who have sustained brain injuries due to the following:
All of these incidents and accidents are preventable when they occur because of another’s negligence or intentional harm. Medical professionals often call TBIs an “invisible injury” because they may not show initial visible symptoms, which is why it’s so important to seek medical attention after any type of blow or trauma to the head.
What are the symptoms of a brain injury?
Brain injuries can present with a wide variety of signs and symptoms, both physical and psychological. You may notice some immediately, or you may not notice them until days or even weeks later. However, with a prompt medical exam, a doctor can catch a traumatic brain injury early. The Mayo Clinic notes the following symptoms for moderate and severe brain injuries:
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Vomiting or nausea
- Pupil dilation
- Clear fluids coming from eyes or nose
- Inability to wake from sleep
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness or numbness of extremities
- Agitation or aggressive behavior
- Slurred speech
It is especially important to watch children for signs of brain injury, as they may not be able to communicate symptoms on their own. Infants and children with TBI may show changes in nursing or eating habits, persistent crying, drowsiness, irritability, and inability to pay attention.
Always seek medical attention if you or a loved one suffer a blow, jolt, or injury to the head in order to receive a proper diagnosis.
What are the complications of a traumatic brain injury?
Moderate and severe TBIs can cause long-lasting disability and complications, including brain damage. The Cleveland Clinic reports that TBI patients also have a higher risk of:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Brain bleeds
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
These conditions can mean years of treatments and therapies, all of which add up to massive medical expenses over a lifetime.
How much is my Charlotte brain injury case worth?
After a traumatic brain injury caused by a negligent party, you or your loved one are likely eligible for compensation. The total amount of compensation varies, however, depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding each particular situation. At Price, Petho & Associates, our brain injury lawyers are regularly able to help clients recover the following:
- Full coverage of their medical bills
- Lost income if they cannot work
- Coverage of physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
The process of securing compensation for brain injury victims can be complicated, particularly when it comes to determining the level of disability of a patient, as well as how long that disability is expected to last. In some cases, brain injury victims are able to make a full or nearly full recovery. However, it is not uncommon for brain injury victims to need continued assistance for months or years, perhaps even for the rest of their life.
Our Charlotte attorneys take all of this into consideration when it comes to determining how much compensation will be necessary through a settlement or jury verdict.
What is the time limit to file a Charlotte brain injury claim?
If you or a loved one have experienced a brain injury, you only have a limited amount of time to file a legal claim. The North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date an injury occurs. If you fail to file for legal action within this timeframe, you may be ineligible to recover financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
However, there are a few exceptions to this statute of limitations. Statutes of limitations may be paused (tolled) for various reasons, including for certain incidents of medical malpractice, depending on when the injury was discovered, whether the victim was a minor when the time the injury occurred, and other reasons. We strongly encourage you to work with a skilled Charlotte lawyer who can walk you through the entire process, including understanding the timeframes involved.
Is there a brain injury attorney near me?
Price, Petho & Associates’ Charlotte office is located at 1430 Elizabeth Ave. We also have offices in Richmond County and Rutherford County, and serve clients throughout North Carolina. If you are too injured to come to us, we make home and hospital visits.
Honest brain injury attorneys serving the Charlotte area
When you or a loved one suffer injury due to the negligence or intentional act of other, the attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates can help. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers understand how to determine the scope of your injuries and losses, and hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help you with your case. Call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients throughout Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina and South Carolina.