Charleston, South Carolina
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
As you’re going about your day, being involved in a life-threatening accident is not something you’d likely assume would happen to you or a loved one. At Crantford Meehan Attorneys at Law in Charleston, SC, our hope is that you never experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). But should you or a family member become a victim of TBI, however mild or severe it is, we are here to make sure you can recover lost wages and not be burdened by medical bills and legal fees due to someone else’s negligence. Our team of TBI lawyers understand the significant length of time our clients’ need for physical rehabilitation all while facing an uphill financial battle. Contact us for help in recovering lost wages that have resulted from your TBI case.
What is TBI?
TBI occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head such as a concussion. An object penetrating the skull, such as a shattered piece of skull, also can cause traumatic brain injury, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells while more serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury:
Closed Head Injury:
Damage from a closed head injury also known as Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury, happens because the victim receives a blow to the head that whips the head violently forward and back or from side to side as is typical during a car accident. Causing the brain to collide with the bony skull, the jarring movement bruises brain tissue and tears blood vessels, especially against the rough, uneven surface of the skull. Thus, certain parts of the brain - usually the frontal and temporal lobes - are injured and can affect several areas of the individual's functioning.
Open Head Injury:
As the second type of TBI, this occurs when the skull is penetrated by an object like a bullet. The damage from open head injuries tend to be focal and subsequent impairment tend to be limited. However, these injuries can be as serious as closed head injuries, depending on the destructive path of the bullet or other object within the brain.
Concussions can range from mild to severe. They can cause irreversible damage and concussion-related syndromes, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as a result of multiple concussion. This form of brain damage can permanently change one’s mood, behavior, and brain function.
Traumatic brain injury recovery stages differ from person to person. Recovery after injury is usually different for those with moderate-to-severe injuries than those with mild injuries. In mild TBI, one person may recover quickly and completely, while another may experience significant challenges even several years after injury. In more severe injuries, recovery may continue for months and years.
- Of the 1.7 million who sustain a TBI each year in the United States:
- 52,000 die;
- 275,000 are hospitalized; and
- 1.365 million are treated and released from an emergency room
- The number of people with TBI who are not seen in an emergency department or who receive no care is unknown.
What causes TBI?
The breakdown of the leading causes of TBI are as follows:
1. Falls (35.2%);
2. Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (17.3%);
3. Struck by/against events (16.5%);
4. Assaults (10%)
5. Unknown/Other (21%).
About Crantford Meehan
Our steadfast legal team at Crantford Meehan work diligently in the best interest of our clients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by the negligent acts of others in Charleston and surrounding areas in South Carolina.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with TBI in Florence, SC as a result of someone else’s carelessness, make sure to call us at Crantford Meehan today. Having handled several TBI cases in Charleston and throughout the state, we will do all in our power to seek a full recovery of your damages, whether through a settlement or verdict. Contact our office for a free consultation so we may begin working promptly on your case as you recuperate from your injury. You can count on us to go above and beyond to achieve fair results.
Crantford Meehan two office locations:
568 Savannah Highway, Suite A
Charleston, SC 29407
4001 East Palmetto St
Florence, SC 29506
By Appointment Only