Ken Harrell, a Charleston accident lawyer, says serious brain injury is a sudden and devastating condition that most families will need legal assistance to cope with.
North Charleston, S.C. – Charleston personal injury lawyer Ken Harrell today offered Joye Law Firm’s support to the Brain Injury Association of America’s designation of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, saying its “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone” theme is on the mark.
“At Joye Law Firm, our lawyers recognize the devastation a brain injury can cause, because we’ve seen it in our work with catastrophic injury victims who have suffered TBI in car accidents, falls and other accidents,” said Harrell, managing partner of the personal injury law firm with offices in North Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
“We appreciate the Brain Injury Association of America’s efforts to increase awareness about the prevalence of TBI and the fact that an accident that causes a traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone at any time,” he said.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Its Palmetto State affiliate, the BIA of South Carolina, is located in Columbia.
The BIAA’s primary message for Brain Injury Awareness Month 2013 is that “a brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone — a brain injury does not discriminate.”
The advocacy group says 1.7 million Americans, including 475,000 children, suffer a brain injury each year. It says 3.1 million Americans are living with TBI.
A traumatic brain injury is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain, according to the BIAA. The effect of a TBI can range from a mild concussion to a lifelong debilitating injury.
TBIs are caused by falls (35 percent), car crashes (17 percent), workplace accidents (16 percent), assaults (10 percent) and other incidents (21 percent), the BIAA says.
“Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two brain injuries are exactly alike,” the group says in promotional material. “For some, brain injury is the start of a lifelong disease process. The injury requires access to a full continuum of medically necessary treatment and community-based supports furnished by interdisciplinary teams of qualified and specialized clinicians working in accredited programs and appropriate settings.”
The BIAA says the cost of hospital-based acute rehab care for a TBI victim averages about $8,000 per day. Residential care after release from a hospital can range from $850 to $2,500 a day. Even daytime rehabilitation programs without residential costs can range from $600 to $1,000 per four-hour session.
Joye Law Firm works with South Carolina brain injury victims hurt in accidents caused by others’ negligence to obtain compensation to defray the cost of medical care and rehabilitation. Harrell said the firm’s brain injury attorneys assist clients by pursuing workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits claims, negotiating with insurance companies and, when necessary, pursuing personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of surviving family members.
“If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, you know your world has changed, but you probably don’t know how to secure all the help you need now and will need in the future,” Harrell said.
“When a TBI has been caused by someone else’s negligence, such as by a reckless driver in a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident where maintenance needs were ignored, the victim’s family needs to talk to a personal injury lawyer experienced with brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries,” he said.
About Joye Law Firm
Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has been fighting to help people throughout South Carolina with their legal challenges in a broad range of practice areas, including personal injury, car accidents, birth injury, brain injury, defective products, drug injury, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, Social Security disability, spinal cord injury, traffic tickets, truck accidents, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. The South Carolina law firm has offices in Clinton, Charleston and Myrtle Beach and assists clients in areas that include Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the Horry County communities of Conway and North Myrtle Beach. The firm’s Charleston-area office is located at Northgate Office Building, 5861 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406 (local phone (888) 324-3100), and its Myrtle Beach office is located at 8703 Highway 17 Bypass, Unit H, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575 (local phone (843) 215-3100). Contact Joye Law Firm by calling (888) 324-3100 or filling out its online form.