Work with a brain injury attorney at Rikard & Protopapas in Columbia. We represent people who suffer brain damage by the actions of others. If you have experienced an unexpected brain injury, contact us to talk about your case to claim monetary compensation. Our Columbia catastrophic injury lawyers are standing by.
Lawyers for Brain Injuries, Representing Columbia, SC
Our attorneys for brain injuries represent clients in Columbia and the surrounding regions. We want you to understand your options and the ways that you can maximize your recovery. It will not cost you anything to speak with our professionals about how we can help you following a brain injury.
If you or a loved one has had a head injury, we want you to know:
- A brain injury falls under South Carolina personal injury law.
- If someone is legally at fault, you may receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
- Even accidental injury may be compensable if it is the result of negligence or more serious misconduct.
- Compensation may cover current and future losses, reflecting both the financial and personal impact of a brain injury.
- Victims often face long-term recovery, life changes, and suffering. Our lawyers can include the full scope of the injury in your claim for compensation.
A Columbia brain injury attorney can represent you. At Rikard & Protopapas, our lawyers handle all aspects of brain injury claims. To see how we can assist you, call, or message us to talk about your situation.
Causes of Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury is sudden trauma that disrupts the functioning of the brain. It may be the result of blunt force or a sudden shaking of the brain.
A traumatic brain injury is a sudden event. It’s not from illness or a degenerative disease. A TBI is a blow or violent force that disrupts normal brain functioning.
Potential causes of brain injury include:
- Car accidents, truck crashes and motorcycle wrecks
- Pedestrian accidents and bicycle crashes
- Slips, trips and falls
- Sports and recreation
- Machinery and tool malfunctions
- Assault and battery, gun violence
While brain injuries occur to people of all ages, they are most common in children, young adults, and the elderly. We represent both adults and children.
Effects of Brain Injury
Brain injuries vary in their severity and in how they impact the person. A brain injury doesn’t always result in a loss of consciousness, but unconsciousness, fainting, and coma may occur.
Some effects of brain injury include:
- Cognitive: Communication and speech difficulties, problems hearing and understanding speech, trouble concentrating, memory loss, difficulty recognizing people, confusion
- Behavioral: Mood regulation, aggression, poor executive function, repetitive behavior
- Motor skills: Difficulty walking, standing, coordinating limbs, movement, poor balance
- Mental and emotional: Depression, anxiety, irritability
- Physical: Headache, fatigue, chronic pain, fluid draining from nose or ears, sleep disturbances
- Sensory: Poor vision, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to sound
- Gastrointestinal: Nausea or vomiting
With the symptoms of brain injury varying significantly, an injury isn’t always easy to detect. It’s important to be aware of the possibility of brain trauma as an underlying cause of symptoms.
Compensation for a Brain Injury
Part of claiming compensation for a brain injury is correctly identifying the ways that the victim has been harmed by their injuries. Compensation for an injury should include:
- Emergency medical attention
- Treatment and care, including doctor’s care, prescriptions, supplies, and other expenses
- The ways the injury impacts the person’s life and daily activities
- Physical pain and suffering associated with the injury
- Indirect financial losses like the inability to work
- Projected future medical expenses
It is insufficient to simply claim immediate medical bills for a brain injury. We look at the entire situation and how the injury has impacted the victim financially and personally. Future costs can be a large burden that must be calculated, and the victim must be compensated fairly for all costs and damages that have been suffered and will be suffered in the future.
As part of our representation, we guide you through the legal process. We explain the things that you can do to help your case. Our team is ten attorneys strong with a full support staff, ready to meet your legal needs.
Free Consultations With a TBI Lawyer
We’ve represented more than 1,600 clients in a variety of cases. When you need a brain injury attorney, Rikard & Protopapas is here — let our experience help you. There’s no cost for a consultation, and we use contingency fees and other fee agreements. Ask us about what you may receive in compensation, and how our lawyers can handle your case. We’re taking new cases, and we want to help you.
Source: Mayo Clinic, Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms and Causes