Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury AttorneyThe 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.

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.

brain-injury-symptomsSymptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

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
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Light sensitivity
  • Seizures
  • Vison problems
  • Depression
  • 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.

Medical Evaluation

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.

TBI FAQs

Is it necessary to strike one’s head to cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

No. Traumatic brain injuries can also be caused by acceleration or deceleration forces that cause the brain to smash into the skull.

Can one suffer from TBI without having lost consciousness in an accident?

Yes. Despite popular perception, traumatic brain injuries are commonly suffered without the victim losing consciousness.

What are the benefits to filing a lawsuit for my brain injury?

Filing a lawsuit after a brain injury may allow you to win financial compensation for not just your injuries, but for lost wages, diminished earning potential, pain and suffering and more. It could help you receive top-grade medical care that could make a major difference in the recovery process.

If I’ve suffered a brain injury, what legal claim can I bring?

Legal claims after a traumatic brain injury frequently depend on the circumstances of the injury. Accidents involving a slip and fall, motor vehicle, assault and other forms of direct impact may be filed under the umbrella of personal injury or premises liability. All cases are different.

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?

Each state possesses a statute of limitations on filing a brain injury claim, which does not begin to run until your injury is discovered – regardless of when it occurred. In Virginia, the statute of limitations is two years, meaning that you have two years from the time you discover your brain injury to file a lawsuit. Contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer to learn more.

Is a concussion a traumatic brain injury?

It absolutely is, although it is a more common, mild form of TBI. Although concussion symptoms can be mild and may disappear without treatment after a short time, severe concussions can lead to long-lasting damage that lingers for months, or even years after the injury occurred. This damage may manifest in symptoms like dizziness, severe headaches and more.

What’s recommended for traumatic brain injury treatment?

Seeing your doctor immediately after a brain injury is imperative to diagnosing and treating major traumatic brain injury symptoms, such as swelling or bleeding in the brain. There are also things you can do to help yourself while in recovery from a TBI. These include:

  • 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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