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The brain is a complex and extremely fragile organ. We rely on its functions every day to think, interact, and feel. It is also responsible for the unconscious action of homeostasis, the balance of internal conditions like breathing and digesting food.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head and can result in debilitating and lifelong damage. Objects that penetrate brain tissue, like bullets or pieces of shrapnel, can also cause significant brain damage. Even if a victim suffers from mild brain trauma (mild TBI or brain concussion), complications of these injuries can be fatal and the damage done to the brain and surrounding organs can be irreversible.

Traumatic brain injuries make up a significant number of deaths and disabilities in Tennessee, and Nashville is no exception. The Tennessee Department of Health reported 24,771 cases of TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in 2017 alone. If you or a loved one’s traumatic brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you do have legal rights.

Our experienced Nashville injury lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner can assist you in pursuing rightful compensation for your or your family member’s suffering.  

Case Results for Brain Injury Victims

  • A Steinger, Greene & Feiner client suffered a massive brain injury after being dragged behind a drunk driver’s vehicle and left for dead. The Steinger, Greene & Feiner attorney presented evidence to the jury of the offender’s high blood alcohol level and our client’s glove, which was found between the brake line and frame of the offender’s truck. The jury presented a verdict for the client and his wife of more than $11.1 million.
  • A court awarded a Steinger, Greene & Feiner client $700,000 following a highway accident that involved a vehicle with no headlights. Steinger, Greene & Feiner attorney Neil Anthony represented the plaintiff and argued through expert MRI comparison and videotapes prior to the accident that the plaintiff suffered a significant change in cognitive ability as a direct result of the accident.

My case couldn't have been handled better. It was handled in a timely manner - it wasn't rushed. If something ever happened again and I needed an attorney, Steinger, Greene & Feiner would be the first place I would go.

Susan D.

 

Relentless Representation

At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our committed Nashville TBI lawyers assist our clients with the utmost care and respect. Our expert attorneys have won millions of dollars in settlements for victims of brain damage and injuries. We fight for our clients who have suffered brain injuries or damage due to someone else’s negligence and wrongdoing. Steinger, Greene & Feiner will hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions and pursue compensation for the victim and their family.

We do so by determining if the cause of a victim’s brain injury was a violation of safety laws or a person or company’s negligence. If they are found responsible, the person or company will need to pay for various damages including the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, or wrongful death damages.

Our successful track record demonstrates that you can trust us in handling your brain injury claim. Contact the Steinger, Greene & Feiner office in Nashville today to learn more.  

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Causes of Brain Injuries in Nashville

Brain trauma is most often a result of a violent blow or forceful movement of the head. These injuries are typically seen following:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that falls are the leading cause of TBI, making up 48% of all TBI-related emergency room visits. Eighty-one percent of TBI slip-and-fall accidents occur in those 65 and older. (2014)
  • Vehicle accidents. According to the CDC, these accidents account for 20% of all TBI hospitalizations.
  • Physical violence. The Congress of Neurological Surgeons found that 50% of pediatric patients suffering from firearm-related TBI injuries died. Researchers from the Brain Injury Association of America found that 67% of the women surveyed who were in the emergency room due to domestic violence had symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury.
  • Sports and recreational accidents. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons reports that 21% of all traumatic brain injuries are a result of sports and recreation accidents.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Concussion. These are injuries that may briefly cause unconsciousness but usually do not result in permanent damage.
  • Contusion. A contusion is a bruise on the brain caused by a blow, hit, or impact to the head.
  • Diffuse axonal injury (DAI). This is characteristic damage to nerve cells, or axons. DAI occurs as a result of the brain moving back and forth rapidly within the skull, tearing and stretching axons.
  • Hematoma. A hematoma on the brain is a blood clot that forms after a blood vessel ruptures. Symptoms vary depending on whether the clot is located between the skull and dura lining (epidural hematoma), between the brain and dura (subdural hematoma) or within the brain tissue (intracerebral hematoma).
  • Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (tSAH). tSAH occurs when there is bleeding within the space surrounding the brain, which is filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in normal circumstances. Blood spreads over the surface of the brain, which can cause many problems.

Brain Injury Symptoms

Mayfield Brain & Spine lists the following as symptoms of brain injury and damage. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of all symptoms, and you should consult your doctor if you have concerns or would like to see a full list of symptoms.

  • Loss of consciousness spanning a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Memory loss
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Visual problems, such as blurred vision or sensitivity to light
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual

Estimated Average Percentage of Annual TBI (traumatic brain injury) by External Cause in the United States

 

Miscellaneous

TBI can affect people of any age in Nashville, although Brainline reports the following age groups are especially at risk of suffering serious brain injuries:

  • Children who are 0-4
  • Teenagers who are 15-19
  • Adults who are 65 and older

Elderly persons aged 75 and older have the highest rates of hospitalization and death due to TBI.  

Why Choose Us?

Traumatic brain injuries are exactly that for victims and their families – traumatic. Whether you or your family member’s brain damage was caused by a vehicle accident, a sports injury, a slip-and-fall incident in a business or public space, Steinger, Greene & Feiner are here to represent you in Nashville.

We take our cases and our clients seriously, and with our decades of experience, we’ll do all we can to reconcile the inexcusable damage done to you.

You’ve been brave handling your injury so far. Take the next step and contact Steinger, Greene & Feiner today.  

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FAQs

  • African Americans have the highest death rate related to TBI.
  • Males are about 1.5 times more likely to experience a TBI than females.
  • 0-4-year-olds, 15-19-year-olds, and the elderly aged 65 and above are most at risk for TBI.

The more severe a brain injury, the more expensive it is to diagnose and treat. Brainline reports that a severe brain injury could cost the victim anywhere from $600,000 to $1.8 million for lifetime care and treatment.

If a patient is diagnosed with a mild TBI such as a grade 1 concussion, they will typically be discharged the same day with instructions for follow-up care and asked to report again immediately with signs of worsening symptoms.   Patients diagnosed with moderate or severe TBI may need to undergo surgery, intensive care, acute care, or a combination of these.