The most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is motor vehicle accidents, but a TBI may occur in any instance where your head forcefully hits an object, or an object passes through your skull and damages your brain. These accidents often result in mental, physical or behavioral changes that can affect anything from your memory to your ability to speak.
To make matters worse, long-term effects can be difficult to assess at a TBI’s onset, making it an ordeal that could linger with your family for years, or for the rest of the victim’s life. Over one million people are treated for brain injuries each year in the U.S., and nearly 5.3 million people are forced to live with the disabilities stemming from a TBI.
- Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury
- Medical Evaluation
- Pursuing a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
- Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs
No matter how a TBI is suffered, it presents a formidable challenge for victims and their families – but not an impossible one. Brain Injury Law Center is devoted to helping survivors of traumatic brain injuries. We pursue the maximum amount of compensation to alleviate the financial and emotional burden of your family, and fight to make the process of your recovery as smooth as possible.
Call a brain injury attorney today at (877) 537-4340 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case, and find out how you can seek the compensation you deserve.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries may be classified as ‘open’ or ‘closed,’ depending on the nature of the injury. An open injury occurs when the skull has been fractured from a fall, a collision, or another incident when the head comes into violent contact with a hard object.
A closed head injury may not involve an open wound or fracture, but can be just as serious due to the possibility of brain swelling and blood clots in the skull. Regardless of which kind of injury it is, brain trauma can result in life-changing conditions like paralysis, coma or even death.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms differ for each individual, and have been known to both lessen and worsen over time. Many traumatic brain injury symptoms affect brain, cognitive and neurologic functions that can completely alter a person’s day-to-day life. Catching these symptoms sooner than later can be crucial in preventing further damage appearing in the future.
However, even medical exams administered by experts aren’t flawless. Early characteristics of a TBI can be missed if they have not yet fully developed. This makes it all the more prudent to keep a close watch for signs of a TBI after an accident.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms include:
- Persistent headache
- Coordination problems
- Memory loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Light sensitivity
- Vison problems
- Change in temperament or personality
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury
Unfortunately, damage to the brain can be severely debilitating, and are one of the most serious injuries that can occur during an accident. Long-term physical and mental disabilities or changes are not uncommon, and a victim’s quality of life can be profoundly affected to the point they are unable to live, function or work normally.
Consequences of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Physical – Partial or complete paralysis, sensory impairment, seizures
- Cognitive – Short- and long-term memory loss, spatial disorientation, difficulties planning, concentrating and communicating
- Behavioral/Psychological – Mood swings, agitation, anxiety, depression
Traumatic brain injuries don’t just damage your ability to live a normal day-to-day life either – the medical expenses involved in treating a victim of TBI can be staggeringly expensive, draining the finances of families who are already suffering.
All of these factors are what make catching the signs of a TBI early so critical. The sooner symptoms are detected, the faster your physicians and your traumatic brain injury attorney can begin getting you the medical care and compensation you need.
The first step in determining goals after suffering a traumatic brain injury is evaluating how it has affected physical, cognitive and behavioral functions. The second step after this medical evaluation is to determine how the person’s TBI will affect:
- Their ability to work
- The different kinds of financial compensation they may receive
- If independent living is possible
- What kind of physical therapy might help to improve the person’s health
Any medical evaluation should take full consideration of how the injury will affect the victim’s future as they progress through rehabilitation. Although traumatic brain injuries can be severely incapacitating or debilitating, there are many treatment options available – and multi-disciplinary care will always offer the best possible outcome for victims.
The medical evaluation will also help to determine the amount of compensation you may receive from each party involved in a traumatic brain injury lawsuit.
Pursuing a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
After a traumatic brain injury, pursuing damages through a lawsuit is the best way to ensure you receive the best medical attention, and avoid completely draining your financial resources to pay for it.
An experienced traumatic brain injury attorney will help you secure the compensation you deserve for current, and future, expenses including:
- All medical costs (ambulance, surgical, hospital bills, etc.)
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The Brain Injury Law Center was founded in Hampton, VA to help people like you. Stephen M. Smith, our founder, has litigated traumatic brain injury cases for almost 40 years, winning multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients and accumulating the experience needed to pursue the same for you.
It’s impossible to erase a TBI from the past, but we will fight to secure the best possible future for you and your family. Call our Virginia office today at (877) 537-4340 for a free consultation. No obligation at all – simply a conversation about what you can do to get better, and how we can help.
Is it necessary to strike one’s head to cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Can one suffer from TBI without having lost consciousness in an accident?
What are the benefits to filing a lawsuit for my brain injury?
If I’ve suffered a brain injury, what legal claim can I bring?
A medical malpractice suit may be filed for brain injuries that are disease-, toxin- or birth/labor-induced, and are suffered as a result of a physician, nurse, technician hospital or other medical professional performing below reasonable standards of care.
I got into an accident several years ago. Can I bring a claim for my brain injury?
Is a concussion a traumatic brain injury?
What’s recommended for traumatic brain injury treatment?
- Not drinking alcohol
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Avoiding activities or exercise that require intense physical exertion
- Reducing your workload and/or hours at your job
Continue to report any persisting symptoms to your doctor. Treating a TBI is an ongoing process that should be monitored by a medical professional every step of the way.
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