Brain Injury Archives

Brain Injuries, Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes: Part 1

When it comes to brain injuries, many readers may think of causes like a slip and fall, a car accident or other types of head trauma involving an external force. However, it is important that understand that brain injuries can also result from other types of negligence.

Long-term care costs after head injury could add up for victim

While any injury has the potential of creating lifelong complications, there are some that have more serious implications than others. For example, an injury to the head can alter a person's life forever. The long-term care costs alone can quickly drain an Alabama family's finances. One out-of-state man may be facing these costs after he was injured by an exploding tire.

The standard of medical care for concussions may be uneven

A recent article suggests that there is growing public concern over brain injuries caused by concussions. That attitude is perhaps a reflection of the media attention over the class action lawsuit brought by retired NFL players. The class action complaint alleged improper diagnosis and care of brain injuries, as well as inadequate warnings. A $1 billion settlement resolved that litigation, but many questions remain about the diagnosis and treatment of brain injury resulting from head trauma.

Can negligent monitoring result in brain injury to a patient?

Taking one’s eyes away from a patient’s vital signs or leaving a patient unattended might result in missed cues or a delayed medical response. For example, if such inattention resulted in several minutes of oxygen deprivation to a patient, there may be a serious risk of brain injury or damage.

Does brain injury at a young age require special care?

Not all brain injury might be the result of an accident that resulted in adult head trauma, such as a slip and fall or a motor vehicle crash. In fact, brain damage can happen at any age, even to a newborn. One condition, called congenital cerebral palsy, might happen during birthing due to a doctor’s error. However, CP can also develop during the pregnancy or in the days, weeks, or even years following the birth.

Do pedestrian accidents present unique issues of law?

Among the different groups of road users, data maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that pedestrian fatalities and traffic-related injuries are among the few that have not decreased in recent years, subject to some fluctuations. In the studies, the NHTSA defined a pedestrian as any individual who was on foot, sitting or lying down while involved in a motor vehicle traffic accident. 

Are medical misdiagnoses hindering personal injury lawsuits?

In a recent post, we discussed the problem of delayed symptoms that might not surface until weeks or even months after a brain injury. The absence of symptoms might result in a delayed diagnosis. Yet even more troubling is the prospect of a misdiagnosis. 

Are damage awards difficult to estimate for brain injuries?

Readers may not have realized that there is an agency in Alabama that helps coordinate services for victims of a traumatic brain injury. Called the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the agency works with both public and private partners to provide employment assistance, pre-vocational resources, and a variety of information and referral services.

Birmingham Office
800 Shades Creek Parkway, Suite 600-D
Birmingham, AL 35209

Phone: 205-879-1981
Fax: 205-879-1986
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Montgomery Office
445 Dexter Ave., Suite 4050
Montgomery, AL 36104

Phone: 334-557-7114
Fax: 205-879-1986
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Birmingham Office: 205-879-1981
Montgomery Office: 334-557-7114
Fax: 205-879-1986