Myrtle Beach Brain Injuries Lawyer
The symptoms of a brain injury are not as obvious and as plainly evident as the symptoms of other types of injuries. Whereas a person who suffers a broken bone will usually have their extremity placed in a cast, brain injuries are essentially invisible to the average person.
Despite their subtlety, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have dramatic effects on a person’s ability to work or even care for themselves. Victims and family members often dismiss some of the most common immediate symptoms of TBIs as being temporary, but it is critical for a person to receive proper treatment after suffering a TBI in order to achieve the most promising recovery.
If you or your loved one suffered a TBI in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Myrtle Beach, you need legal representation that truly understands the extent the damage your injury has caused. In addition to medical expenses, you could be dealing with an inability to return to work and possible full-time assistance with your daily needs. The Law Office of William J. Luse is committed to helping TBI victims get justice from negligent parties. You can have our Myrtle Beach brain injury attorney provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (843) 839-4795 or complete an online contact form to receive a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Brain Injuries Lawyer?
Many people who sustain TBIs in accidents are contacted soon after by insurance companies for the negligent parties. When an insurer reaches out, they may offer a lump-sum settlement to resolve your case.
Insurance companies routinely undervalue the amount of compensation required to care for a TBI, and you can bet that whatever you might be offered is less than what you are actually entitled to. An attorney will know the true value of your case and fight to recover that amount.
In some cases, an insurance company may argue that a victim was at fault for their injuries. A lawyer will also be able to conduct an independent investigation to collect the evidence necessary to prove that a negligent party was responsible.
Most importantly, the attorney can handle all communications with insurance companies on your behalf. Victims who speak to insurers on their own often unknowingly make statements that damage their claims.
Why Choose the Law Office of William J. Luse?
William J. Luse has over a dozen years of legal experience and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the South Carolina Association for Justice. He was named a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine, has been included among the Best Attorneys of America by Best Attorneys of America, LLC, and was named one of the 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
The Law Office of William J. Luse will take the time to really get to know you and all about your story. We do this because we care and we believe that we need to truly understand your perspective if we are to present a story that resonates with a jury.
Our firm will negotiate with an insurance company to achieve a fair and full settlement to your case. If the insurer does not show a willingness to provide a satisfactory level of compensation, we will file a lawsuit to try your case in court.
You should know that the Law Office of William J. Luse provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay our firm one cent unless you receive a monetary award.
Brain Injury Cases We Handle
TBIs are not easily recognized by most people, which makes proper medical attention after an accident even more important. In general, some of the most common physical symptoms of a TBI include:
- Migraine headaches
- Loss of coordination
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
TBI victims may also experience mental or cognitive symptoms such as:
- Short-term memory loss
- Profound confusion
- Slurred speech
- Changes in appetite
A person can suffer a TBI in virtually any kind of accident in which there is an external force applied to their skull. Some of the most common causes of TBIs include, but are not limited to:
- Vehicle-Related Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Acts of Violence Such as Assault
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Sports-Related Injuries
Most every TBI case will require a victim to prove the same four elements central to negligent claims. Those elements are that a defendant had a duty of care to the victim, the defendant breached that duty of care, that breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries, and those injuries resulted in damages to the victim.
Victims in these cases could be entitled to various forms of compensation. In addition to damages for medical bills and lost wages, a victim could also be entitled to awards for pain and suffering, loss of future income, and cost of full-time assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Glasgow Coma Scale?
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a neurological scale that assesses the impairment of the conscious state of a person who has suffered a TBI. The three measures used to score responses are eye-opening, best motor response, and best verbal response. Eye-opening has four grades, verbal response has five, and motor response has six. A total patient score of 14 (on the original scale) or 15 (on the modified schedule) indicates a healthy individual while a score of 3 indicates deep unconsciousness.
What are some of the long-term challenges that brain injury victims face?
Symptoms always vary by individual. Some victims struggle with their memory and problem-solving ability, while others lose their tempers. TBI victims also suffer from diminished cognitive skills that can make it difficult to maintain employment. A victim’s vision could also be affected over time by a TBI.
What rehabilitation programs exist for brain injury victims?
The specific needs of a TBI victim usually determine the rehabilitation program that will be most advantageous for them. Some of the different kinds of rehabilitation programs for TBI victims include long-term care or supervised living, acute rehabilitation programs, residential facilities, post-acute rehabilitation centers, outpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute care, day treatment programs, neurological medication management, neurobehavioral management programs, and neuropsychological testing. Specialists such as psychiatrists, behavioral analysts, neurologists, neuropsychologists, vocational rehabilitation experts, and occupational, physical, speech, and language therapists can also be involved in rehabilitation programs.
Brain Injury Statistics
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) reported that 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities related to TBI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that TBIs contribute to roughly 30 percent of all injury deaths, and 153 people in the country die every day from injuries that include TBI.
According to the CDC, falls were the leading cause of TBIs in 2013, while being struck by or against an object was second, and motor vehicle accidents were third. The CDC also stated that the total combined rates for TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased over the past decade, climbing from a rate of 521.0 per 100,000 in 2001 to a rate of 823.7 per 100,000 in 2010.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), an estimated 1.7 million cases of TBI occur in the United States every year, including 235,000 hospitalizations resulting in estimated annual direct and indirect TBI costs of between $48 billion and 56 billion. The AANS reported that 80,000-90,000 people every year experience the onset of long-term or lifelong disabilities associated with TBI.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which tracks product-related injuries through its National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), an estimated 446,788 sports-related head injuries were treated at the nation’s hospital emergency rooms in 2009. The top 10 sports/recreational activities with the highest number of estimated head injuries treated in emergency rooms that year, in order, were cycling, football, baseball and softball, basketball, water sports, powered recreational vehicles (ATVs, dune buggies, go-carts, mini bikes, off-road), soccer, skateboards/scooters, fitness/exercise/health club, and winter sports (skiing, sledding, snowboarding, snowmobiling).
Contact a Myrtle Beach Brain Injuries Attorney Today
Did you or your loved one sustain a TBI in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Myrtle Beach? As real as the effects of your injury may seem to you, the insurance company for the negligent party is all but certain to questions the severity of your injury and attempt to pay you as little as possible. You will want help protecting your rights. The Law Office of William J. Luse represents clients in Myrtle Beach, Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Socastee, Conway, and other parts of Marion County, Horry County, and Georgetown County. Call (843) 839-4795 or contact us online to have our lawyer review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.