If you or someone you loved has suffered a traumatic brain injury, as a result of negligence or the liability of another, you need a lawyer. Our experienced TBI attorneys can help fight your claim and you may be entitled to compensation that can help with the recovery process.
- Ensure insurance companies treat you fairly
- Hold parties responsible
- Legal respresentation so that you can focus on recovery
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) happen when there is a sudden impact or trauma to the head causing damage to the brain. This damage can range from mild concussions, to injuries that cause disability, coma, and even death. Traumatic brain injury can also be caused by the malpractice of a doctor, surgeon, or health care facility when diagnosing or treating a head injury. Medical malpractice brain injuries also occur due to negligence and errors in prescribing medication or radiation to a patient.
According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention severe TBI report, there are approximately 5.3 million people living in the U.S. who have permanent or long term brain injuries which require daily assistance to care for themselves. A brain injury can have a permanent and lasting effect on a person's lifestyle, family life, career, and social interactions. If you believe you have been the victim of a negligent injury resulting in damage to the brain, or have a loved one who may be in this situation, it is imperative that you contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights and possible recovery assistance compensation.
Causes of Brain Injuries
Nearly 50 percent of the patients who suffer TBI require surgery to repair the damaged portion of their brain. There are a broad number of things that can cause this type of injury to the brain. Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of TBI's in America. The second largest cause result from car accidents, which is also the leading cause of fatal TBI's. In children, the number one cause is abuse. Other causes include motorcycle and plane accidents, medical malpractice, firearms, sports related injuries, and assaults.
Head injuries are more common than you may believe and should be taken very seriously. Check out the following information:
- Each year in the U.S., nearly 1.7 million people are affected by TBI.
- It is estimated that 80,000 to 90,000 Americans become permanently or long term disabled each year due to injuries to the brain.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries are the cause of death for over 50,000 Americans every year.
- Approximately 50 percent of all head injuries in the U.S. are caused by slip and fall accidents and car accidents.
- Hospitalizations for these injuries are primarily caused by automobile accidents. The highest rate for hospitalizations is for teen drivers.
- TBI accidents are estimated to contribute $60 billion in damages each year in the U.S.
Damage to the brain can be severe, or mild, and can resulf from a variety of causes.
- Concussions are the result of a blow to the head. In this type of injury, the brain is driven violently into the skull, sometimes causing bleeding within the brain or potential nerve damage.
- Contusions occur when there is bruising to the brain after an impact to the head.
- Diffuse axonal injury is the result of the brain moving around inside the skull. This is most commonly seen in child abuse cases (i.e. shaken baby syndrome), falls, and car accidents. Diffuse axonal injury is extremely serious and nearly 90 percent of those with a severe diffuse axonal injury never regain consciousness. Those who do regain consciousness live the rest of their lives in a severely impaired state.
- Recurrent traumatic brain injury occurs when a second trauma occurs before the initial injury has had a chance to heal. This type of TBI is most common in sports, where the athlete returns to his or her sport without allowing sufficient time for the initial damage to heal. Recurrent TBI can happen with even a slight blow and has been known to cause both ocular and respiratory failure.
Nearly 10 percent of all traumatic brain injuries are considered severe. The effects of TBI can be far reaching and include sensory problems, cognitive impairment such as speech and eyesight problems, motor function problems, and even emotional problems and changes in personality. Sufferers of mild injuries to the brain may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Unconsciousness or confusion, lasting less than 30 minutes
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty concentrating
While these symptoms may be present immediately following a catastrophic injury, the possibility also exists that the symptoms will not present themselves for up to several weeks in the future. Because of this delayed symptomatic presentation, many mild brain injuries are never diagnosed or treated. Physicians estimate that 15 percent of those who suffer a brain injury will have mild symptoms such as the ones above for a period of a year or more. Needless to say, these symptoms can have a disruptive effect on a person's everyday life.Review My Case Now
Those who suffer a more severe brain injury can have all the above symptoms, plus the following additional symptoms:
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss
- Abnormal speech
- Emotional irritability
The effects of an injury may disappear after a few weeks, or they could last for months, years and even an entire lifetime. In many cases of TBI, the victims require physical and mental rehabilitation if they wish to regain a normal independent level of functioning. In many cases, the severely injured person is never able to resume a normal life. Needless to say, this places an extreme burden on the victim's family, both emotionally and financially.Review My Case Now
Anyone who has seen the effects of a TBI will know that dealing with the pain involved, emotional and physical, is difficult. Finding a compassionate, experienced and understanding traumatic brain injury attorney can go a long way in easing your worries regarding how you will continue to provide care for the injured person. Insurance companies may not be treating your symptoms with the seriousness they deserve, or you may feel you are not being treated fairly...
Your lawyer will ensure that you are treated fairly and your situation is taken with the seriousness it deserves. A legal team that is experienced with the impact of these specialized injuries will be familiar with the best rehabilitation and recovery resources that can help get your life back.
Additionally, when your injury may have been preventable, you are standing up to ensure that the accident you were involved in does not happen to someone else. Holding the parties responsible for negligence is a step towards preventing someone elses life from being turned upside down as well.
If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury, it is vital to act now, find out if you have a case today and get back on the road to recovery.