Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the hardest injuries to recover from after an accident.
When a traumatic brain injury is severe, a person could have their life permanently changed and might never return to their old life. More minor TBIs like concussions are easier to recover from but could leave a victim impaired for many months.
At our firm, we help TBI victims and their families get the compensation they need after a devastating accident. If you need help, contact a brain injury attorney at Pritchard Injury Firm for a free consultation.
Common Cause of TBIs
A TBI can be caused by any hard blow or jolt to the head, which causes the brain to jiggle around inside the skull. Any hard blow to the body can also cause a TBI, because the head can whip back and forth, which also damages the brain.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Car accidents. It is very easy to suffer whiplash or to slam your head against something like the steering wheel or a passenger. TBIs from car accidents can be some of the worst that we see.
- Slip and falls. After falling, a person can slam their head on the floor or hit an object, like a desk or a filing cabinet. Falls cause almost 50% of all TBIs.
- Sport injuries. TBIs are common in football, soccer, and other contact sports. You could even suffer a TBI in baseball if hit with the ball or the bat.
- Criminal activity. An assault can cause a TBI, especially if you were punched in the face or head.
Traumatic brain injuries can be “open” or “closed.” Open simply means that something has penetrated the skull or cracked the skull open. Open TBIs can be especially devastating, and many victims cannot recover from them.
A TBI is closed when the skull remains intact. One common misconception is that closed TBIs are less severe. Actually, a closed TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the circumstances.
You might not be sure whether you have a TBI after an accident. Not everyone who falls or gets into a car accident suffers a TBI. Instead, look for common symptoms. If you blacked out after the accident, chances are very high you suffered a TBI. The longer you were unconscious, then the more severe your injury. However, you can still suffer one even without losing consciousness.
Other traumatic brain injury symptoms include:
- Trouble thinking
- Poor memory
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Impaired movement
- Lack of coordination or balance
- Sleep disturbances (sleeping too much or too little)
- Mood swings
At the hospital, a doctor will ask you questions about your injury. Your answers will help the doctor determine whether you have a TBI. He or she might also order imaging tests, such as an MRI.
TBIs can have many complications, including bleeding in the brain that might require surgery. For that reason, you should immediately go to the doctor after an accident, even if your TBI symptoms have not yet manifested.
How a Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
TBIs are expensive injuries, and a brain injury attorney can help you get the compensation you need so you are not bankrupted trying to get well. Without a lawyer, you will be left to navigate the complicated insurance claims process and possibly handle a lawsuit on your own. It is best to have a brain injury attorney by your side to simplify the process and maximize the amount of compensation you can receive.
Medical care for a TBI is often much higher than people expect. To treat a moderate or severe TBI, you might need to spend days in the ICU having your vital signs monitored. You also will need to pay for diagnostic tests, which can also be expensive. If you need surgery, then those expenses can quickly add up.
Even after leaving the hospital, many brain injury clients need months of physical therapy or rehabilitation to help manage their TBI symptoms. Some of our clients have required:
- Physical therapy to improve strength, mobility, and coordination.
- Occupational therapy to help patients learn new ways of tackling the tasks of daily living.
- Behavioral therapy to manage personality changes.
- Speech therapy can help someone with a severe TBI relearn how to talk.
All this medical care and therapy adds up. With a severe TBI, victims and their families quickly amass $100,000 or more in medical bills, which many of them will have no way of paying. A brain injury attorney can help you obtain compensation to cover these costs.
The next biggest economic cost is lost wages or lost income. TBIs often keep people out of commission for months, even those with a relatively mild concussion. People who have difficulty thinking, speaking, or processing information cannot return to work until they feel better. Also, the risk of a second TBI makes returning to manual labor jobs unrealistic.
A traumatic brain injury lawyer can work to obtain you the compensation you need to pay all your bills, including your rent or mortgage, while you recover. You can also receive a sum of money to cover pain and suffering along with emotional distress.
Traumatic brain injury lawyers are skilled at finding the evidence you need to build a case against the defendant for your injuries. The fact that you suffered a brain injury does not mean someone is responsible. Instead, you need to show that they fell short of their duty of care and that this conduct injured you.
Reach out to a Brain Injury Lawyer Today
The days and weeks after a TBI are confusing. You and your loved one might not know what steps to take or even be thinking about a lawsuit. However, the sooner you reach out to an attorney, the better.
The traumatic brain injury lawyers at our firm can meet with you for a free consultation. Please contact Pritchard Injury Firm today. Our compassionate legal guidance has helped countless people in their darkest hour get the money they need to start over.
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