Experienced Charlotte Brain Injury Lawyers
Protecting the rights of TBI victims throughout North Carolina since 1992
A traumatic brain injury can be terrifying for a person and his or her family. Beyond the physical injury, which is often invisible, the emotional road to recovery can be brutal. Victims of brain trauma can experience depression, anxiety, confusion, mood swings, and agitation that cause extreme stress on the entire family. What makes it worse is that the injured person looks perfectly normal while he or she suffers these debilitating symptoms in his or her head.
The Charlotte brain injury attorneys at Warren & Kallianos, PLLC, have helped countless accident victims and their families recover the compensation they need to push through their darkest times.
When medical bills are piling up and the prospect of making long-term care plans seems overwhelming, our brain injury attorneys can help you assess your options for holding the at-fault party accountable. And recovering compensation for your injuries and other losses.
What Are the Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury?
The brain is a complicated organ, and symptoms of traumatic brain injury may not be immediately apparent after an accident. That’s why it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you or a loved one has suffered any type of blow to the head or sudden impact. The National Institutes of Health warns that signs of a brain injury may include:
- Headache, especially one that gets worse over time or doesn’t go away
- Confusion, lightheadedness, or dizziness
- Blurred vision or enlargement of the pupils
- Ringing in the ears
- A sensitivity to light or sound
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Slurred speech
- Nausea or vomiting
- Tiredness, sleepiness, or an inability to wake up
- Loss of consciousness, lasting anywhere from seconds to hours
- Convulsions or seizures
- Behavior or mood changes, including restlessness or agitation
- Trouble with memory, concentration, or attention
- Loss of coordination
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
Even if you feel fine immediately after an accident, you should always see a doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms may not appear until later, but a medical professional will want to identify and begin treating a traumatic brain injury right away.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are several accidents that can leave a person struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, many of them could have been prevented.
Some of the more common causes of head injuries include:
- Auto accidents: Serious car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, and trucks accidents are some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Particularly when pedestrians or bicyclists are involved, these injuries can be extremely severe. Negligent or distracted drivers could be to blame for these types of accidents, or defective auto parts could lead to a crash.
- Falls: People can suffer severe brain damage when they slip and fall on poorly maintained property, such as at a store or at work. Those who regularly use ladders or scaffolding can also be involved in serious falls and suffer resulting head injuries.
- Violent crimes: Victims of robberies, domestic abuse, or other violent attacks can be left with serious head trauma. In some cases, the victims are attacked at a place where the property owner could have foreseen the danger, and thus could be held liable.
- Sports injuries: Although anyone could suffer a head injury in a sporting accident, children are particularly vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries such as concussions. Even contact sports that require helmets, such as football and hockey, can be a serious risk.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident, you should consult with one of our experienced Charlotte brain injury attorneys as soon as possible. In North Carolina, there are strict time limits on how much time you have to file a claim for compensation after an accident. Our dedicated brain injury lawyers will begin working on your case right away.
Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury
Because the brain controls every other part of your body, the treatment for a traumatic brain injury can be multi-faceted and long term. A variety of medical professionals may be needed, as well as various medications and extensive rehabilitation. The Brain Injury Association of America explains that patients may require:
- Emergency medical treatment followed by a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU). People who are sent to an ICU may be unconscious, in a coma, or medically unstable. The goal is to stabilize the patient enough to begin rehabilitation as soon as possible, which may occur at the hospital, in a residential rehabilitative facility, nursing home, day treatment facility, or outpatient facility.
- Treatment from a variety of rehabilitative specialists. This may include physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, recreational therapists, neuropsychologists, and aquatic therapists.
- Special medications to manage brain injury symptoms. Medications may include painkillers, anti-anxiety agents, anti-coagulants to prevent blood clots, anti-convulsant to prevent seizures, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, muscle relaxants, sedative-hypnotic agents, or stimulants to increase alertness and attention.
- Help from case managers or social workers. These professionals can coordinate treatment and make sure patients, families, and medical providers are on the same page about treatment goals.
- Home health services, community re-entry, and independent living programs. These services aim to get the injured person back home and transitioning back to living independently and possibly working again. Specialists may work with patients on communication skills, money management, vocational training, and regular activities that are a part of everyday living.
With these complex and extensive treatment options can come massive medical bills. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the direct and indirect medical costs of traumatic brain injuries in the United States tops $76.5 billion per year.
Don’t wait until your family is drowning in bills to seek the legal help you need. Contact our skilled Charlotte brain injury attorneys today to discuss your options for pursuing full and fair compensation. A case consultation is free, with no obligations. Call or fill out our online form to get started.
Proven Results for Clients with Brain Injuries
Charlotte brain injury attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos have extensive experience advocating for North Carolina accident victims. Over the years, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our deserving clients, including large settlements of:
- $2,500,000 for a client whose wife suffered a severe brain injury when her doctor failed to properly intubate her. The woman died from her injury.
- $1,500,000 for a client who suffered a serious head injury when he was thrown from a vehicle that hydroplaned in a construction zone on Interstate 85.
- $1,225,000 for a nursing home patient who suffered a brain infection from an abscessed tooth that was left untreated.
Why You Need Warren & Kallianos on Your Side
At Warren & Kallianos, we believe that each client deserves our personal, undivided attention. That’s why our firm’s partners, Chris Kallianos and Jeff Warren, work directly with each client.
You can trust that we won’t pass off your case to a paralegal or a young lawyer with little experience. Rather, we will put everything we have into fighting for the compensation you deserve.
- Thoroughly investigating the accident that caused your traumatic brain injury. We will track down every piece of evidence available ─ including accident reports, medical records, and witness statements ─ to build a strong case for you.
- Identifying every potential source of compensation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, this could include pursuing payment through a car insurance company, the manufacturer of a defective device, your workers’ compensation benefits, or the manager or owner of an ill-maintained property.
- Enlisting help from our network of experts. Our firm will establish a strong argument for compensation with help from a variety of experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and financial planners.
- Shielding you from the stress of communicating with the at-fault party. You and your family need to focus on recovering from your brain injury, not arguing with an insurance company. Our skilled attorneys will manage all communications related to your claim for compensation.
- Building a solid case to present in court. We are committed to fighting for maximum compensation for you and your family. In some cases, this may mean negotiating a full and fair brain injury settlement. However, we are always prepared to argue your case before a judge and jury.
- Keeping you updated every step of the way. Our attorneys will be in constant contact with you and your family to discuss case updates and answer any questions you may have.
When you are dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether you can afford legal representation. At Warren & Kallianos, our compassionate brain injury lawyers will evaluate your case for free, and we do not charge anything upfront to represent you. In fact, we do not collect legal fees unless and until we win your case.
What Types of Compensation Can You Recover for a Traumatic Brain Injury?
At the North Carolina injury law firm of Warren & Kallianos, we are relentless in our pursuit of maximum compensation for victims of traumatic brain injuries. We will exhaust every avenue in investigating your case to identify all potentially liable parties.
The following are examples of the types of damages after suffering a brain injury caused by negligence.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may fight for:
- Payment for your past and future medical bills, including any long-term medical care you may need
- Compensation to make up for lost wages, including how your injury will affect your ability to earn a living in the future
- Damages to account for the pain and suffering your injury has caused
- Costs related to property damage, such as if your brain injury was caused by a car accident and your vehicle was totaled
- Punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party in cases involving exceptional misconduct (only available in certain cases)
You have enough to deal with just trying to cope with your medical recovery. Let our compassionate and thorough brain injury attorneys handle the rest. Our Charlotte brain injury attorneys can keep track of your medical records, insurance reports, work-related paperwork, and other documentation to take that burden off you and build a strong case for maximum compensation.
Contact Our Charlotte Brain Injury Attorneys
Every client is unique, and our compassionate attorneys will take the time to go over all the details of your accident and your injury to thoroughly evaluate what your compensation options may be. You may call 704-275-5593 to schedule a free case evaluation today to find out how our Charlotte brain injury lawyers will fight for justice for you and your family.