Are you suffering from a head injury or brain damage after a serious accident like a truck crash, fall, dangerous product failure, or any other major event? Did someone else’s negligent or reckless actions cause the accident and your injuries? Are you tired of insurance representatives and medical bill collectors hassling you, when you’re just trying your best to recover from your accident?
If so, you might be entitled to significant compensation – and The Terry Law Firm is ready to fight for you while you focus on getting better.
Brain injuries completely disrupt the lives of accident victims. After the most serious accidents, these victims often can’t work, finish schooling, or even care for their personal everyday needs like bathing or feeding themselves. Even victims with less serious head injuries often experience major consequences for several weeks or months after an accident. Many victims face permanent impairment.
If sustained a brain injury caused by an accident that was someone else’s fault, contact the Morristown brain injury attorneys at The Terry Law Firm right away to get the help you need. With over 50 years of experience helping injured victims in Morristown and surrounding areas, we have what it takes to tackle even the most difficult cases.
As demonstrated by the results in previous cases, we’re committed to helping you seek the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries. We understand the devastation that brain injury victims face, and we’re prepared to do all we can to help you get back on the road to recovery. When you choose The Terry Law Firm, our experienced legal team will negotiate with insurance, so you don’t have to, and we’ll fight on your behalf for the full compensation you’re owed.
Our skilled and compassionate brain injury lawyers are ready to fully investigate your case, gather the evidence needed to support your claim, and stand up for your rights in court. We’ll support you throughout your case, patiently answer any questions you have, and provide you with the personalized attention you deserve, so you never have to wonder what’s going on with your case.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious brain or head injury in Morristown or elsewhere in East Tennessee, The Terry Law Firm is here to help. To get started on the road to recovery, contact us today by phone or reach us online 24/7 to set up your free and no-obligation consultation.
Causes of Brain Injuries
Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, such as truck collisions, car crashes, and motorcycle wrecks
- High-impact sports, such as hockey, football, and boxing
- Birth injuries and other medical errors
- Violent attacks, such as assault, gunshots, and shaken baby syndrome
- Nursing home abuse
- Slip and fall accidents on the same level at work, restaurants, swimming pools, and many other locations
- Bicycle or pedestrian collisions with cars and other vehicles
- Falls from tall heights, such as playground equipment, scaffolding, ladders, or platforms
- Direct combat, explosive blasts, and military attacks
Types of Brain Injuries
Accidents can lead to a wide range of head and brain injuries that vary greatly in their severity, recovery time, and long-term impacts. Some common types of brain injuries include:
- Skull fracture
- Lack of blood flow or oxygen
- Closed head injuries
At the Terry Law Firm, we handle several different types of brain injury cases, including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). TBIs are among the most serious head injuries. They are caused by major trauma like skill fractures and violent blows to the head. They often involve permanent and long-term consequences, such as paralysis, loss of reasoning and decision-making abilities, and speech loss. Some victims never recover from TBIs and require full-time care for even the most basic daily activities.
- Moderate brain injuries. These types of injuries are less serious, but they can still have long-term consequences and require significant medical interventions in order to recover. Moderate brain damage can arise from events, such as violent shaking that leaves victims with speech difficulties, confusion, or other issues for weeks, months, or longer.
- Mild brain injuries. With mild head injuries, victims typically experience short-term symptoms like nausea or temporary confusion, which often heal on their own or with more basic treatments like rest and basic pain medication.
What Are the Signs of a Brain Injury After an Accident?
After any serious accident, it’s critical to get medical attention as soon as possible. If you didn’t receive medical care at the time of the accident, it’s vital to visit a doctor to get a full exam – even if you think you’re fine.
Many injuries, including some kinds of brain damage, aren’t obvious right away. While symptoms might take days or weeks after an accident to appear, the condition might get worse without proper medical treatment.
When you visit a physician, they can evaluate you for all types of injuries, help you get the treatment you need as quickly as possible, and help reduce the risk that you’ll suffer long-term medical complications from your accident.
Some of the signs of brain injuries that your doctor might look for immediately after an accident include:
- Problems talking or forming clear sentences and other communication problems
- Difficulty with anger, self-control, depression, impulsivity, or other unexpected behavior changes
- Trouble concentrating, remembering things, using proper judgement, making decisions, learning new skills, or other cognitive issues
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- Problems balancing, hearing, seeing, smelling, moving arms, or other physical difficulties
It’s often more difficult to recognize brain injuries in children, especially if they aren’t yet able to talk or tell you what’s wrong. Some common signs of brain injuries in young children include:
- Won’t stop crying and can’t be consoled
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Abnormal slowing of development
- Unusual irritability, loss of interest in favorite activities, or other significant behavior changes
- Inability to focus or pay attention
- Changes in appetite, nursing, or eating patterns
- Head swelling
- Unusually sleepy
For more serious brain injuries, many victims suffer significant financial, emotional, and relational impacts. Victims often aren’t able to hold a job, gain future employment, take part in activities they used to enjoy, or care for themselves and their families. Some common longer-term effects of brain injuries include:
- Loss of ability to control bladder, bowels, breathing, and other bodily functions
- Permanent damage to cognitive abilities
What Kind of Compensation Could I Get After a TBI?
TBIs and other head injuries typically leave victims and their families with costly medical bills and other expenses, plus they make it difficult for victims to work and earn money. However, if someone else’s careless or wrongful actions caused your injuries, then you might be entitled to significant compensation to cover the damages you’re suffering.
Some types of compensation that brain injury victims can typically get help cover damages like:
- Reduced quality of life, such as lost ability to participate in sports or other activities you used to enjoy
- Wages lost during recovery from the accident
- Outstanding medical bills for costs like ambulance transportation, hospitalization, surgeries, medications, specialist consultations, CTs or MRIs, and other treatments
- Lost ability to do your same job or earn comparable income after the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Disability accommodations, including modifications to your vehicle or house, as well as specialized medical equipment and devices like a breathing machine or wheelchair
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Costs to hire people to perform household tasks you can no longer do because of your injuries, such as yardwork, cleaning the house, and caring for children
- Future medical expenses, such as occupational therapy, rehabilitation, physical therapy, follow-up visits, long-term care, prescriptions, or surgeries
- Loss of companionship, consortium, or parental support
If your family member died because of a severe head injury caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, no amount of money can ever make up for your devastating loss. However, you might be owed compensation that can help cover some of the stressful financial damages caused by this tragedy, such as funeral and burial expenses and the loss of your loved one’s income.
Contact a Morristown Brain Injury Lawyer Now
Don’t wait to get on the road to recovery after an accident leaves you with a brain injury. Contact the Morristown brain injury attorneys at The Terry Law Firm today. We’re ready to help you fight for the justice and maximum compensation you’re owed.
Call us today or reach us online 24/7 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Tennessee is very unique in that the statute of limitations in Tennessee is much shorter than in other states. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Tennessee is generally one (1) year. There are exceptions to the one (1) year statute of limitations.
In Tennessee, one exception to the statute of limitations is the discovery rule. The statute of limitations in Tennessee does not start to run until a person knows or should have known about an injury.
There is currently a provision in the Tennessee Code regarding extending the statute of limitations where persons have criminal charges brought against them and they caused or contributed to an injury. In these cases, it is possible that the statute of limitations may be extended to two (2) years. At this stage, there has been no ruling from the Tennessee Supreme Court on exactly how this statute should be interpreted; therefore, we recommend filing cases within one (1) year.
The statute of limitations in property damage cases in Tennessee is three (3) years and the statute of limitations for a breach of contract in Tennessee is six (6) years. It is important to note that breach of implied warranty of merchantability, which are theories that are often used in product liability cases, carries a six (6) statute of limitations.
At The Terry Law Firm, clients are welcome to come to our Morristown office, our Sevierville office, or our Greeneville office for a free consultation. This is true for virtually any type of case.
In personal injury cases, in particular, The Terry Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis which means that The Terry Law Firm does not receive any compensation, nor are you required to pay anything, unless we are successful on your behalf.
Our general fee in personal injury cases (like most firms) is one-third (1/3). The Terry Law Firm advances all costs and expenses in the case until the matter is resolved. If we are not successful for a client in a personal injury case, then they are not required to pay anything.
The Terry Law Firm regularly handles cases for clients who have been involved in out-of-state accidents. We have handled cases as far west as West Texas and South Dakota. We have had cases in eastern North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. It is a regular part of The Terry Law Firm’s business to handle cases outside of Tennessee.
Handling a case outside of Tennessee does not cost the client any more than it would if we were handling a case in Tennessee. In fact, the client will likely notice very little difference in a case handled outside of the state versus one handled in the State of Tennessee.