A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious, debilitating injury resulting from trauma to the head. Usually caused by a violent strike or jolt to the head, TBI’s often result from car accidents, slips, falls, trips, trucking and motorcycle crashes.
While brain injuries can have serious effects on one’s physical, cognitive and emotional well-being, TBI’s are not always easy to diagnose. It’s important to take head trauma seriously after an accident because these injuries can worsen over time.
Keep in mind that more than 2.5 million people are treated for TBI’s each year in the U.S. Contact our brain injury attorneys with The Advocates so we can help you obtain the recovery you deserve.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
While most brain injuries are commonly diagnosed as mild concussions, symptoms of a TBI can be difficult to determine. Here are the most common signs of a traumatic brain injury, according to the CDC.
Physical symptoms of a TBI:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Loss of vision
Cognitive symptoms of a TBI:
- Poor concentration
- Memory loss
- Difficult processing new information
Emotional symptoms of a TBI:
- Mood swings
- Personality changes
These symptoms typically appear at the time of the injury or right after, but sometimes take days or even weeks to develop. While this is not a comprehensive list of physical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and are displaying these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention right away.
Causes and Risk Factors of a TBI
Falls are considered the most common cause of a traumatic brain injury and pose a serious risk for older adults. According to the CDC, more than 50,000 seniors are hospitalized as a result of a of head trauma due to falls.
Traumatic brain injuries can be external or internal, meaning the damage is either within the brain itself without any outer damage or an object penetrated the protective layer on the skull. The most common causes of a TBI include:
- Falls. Falls in a public place or at home are the number one cause of brain injuries. More than 50% of all emergency visits involving brain injuries result from falls.
- Traffic accidents. Any transportation accident involving cars, motorcycles, semi-trucks, pedestrians, rideshares and trains can cause a traumatic brain injury. Traffic accidents are the second-leading cause of TBI’s in the U.S.
- Sports injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a number of sports, including football, boxing, soccer, baseball and other high-impact sports.
- Violence. Gunshot wounds, domestic violence, physical abuse and other assaults are common causes of a TBI. Shaken baby syndrome is an example of a TBI in infants caused by violent shaking.
- Blast or explosion injuries. Explosive blasts are a common cause of brain injuries in active-duty military personnel. Explosion debris or shrapnel can cause penetration wounds to the skull.
Treatment for Brain Injuries
There are several different treatment options used to help reduce the immediate and long-term effects of a brain injury. These include:
- Emergency treatment- emergency care primarily focuses on stabilizing the patient, including surgery to reduce any additional damage to the brain
- Medication- medications can be used to treat the symptoms of a brain injury and lower any risks associated with it
- Rehabilitation therapy- therapy treatment is used to help someone with a TBI to re-learn skills such as walking or cooking, or cognitive skills such as recognition or memory improvement
Receiving the right treatment for a brain injury can help prevent further damage. This is a common reason people hire a personal injury attorney. Brain injury attorneys can help you find the right treatment and build you the strongest injury claim possible to make your recovery as smooth as possible.
How to File a Brain Injury Lawsuit
You may be wondering if you should file a brain injury lawsuit after an accident. Head trauma can be one of the most debilitating injuries that requires extensive medical treatment. If you experienced a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, filing a personal injury lawsuit can help you cover the medical costs and emotional pain from your injury.
A brain injury lawyer can help you retrieve compensation for the following damages:
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Occupational therapy
- Lost of quality of life
It’s true that treatment for brain injuries may be necessary long after your lawsuit is settled. However, an experienced brain injury attorney with The Advocates will know when to ask for additional compensation for long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
You should speak with one of our personal injury attorneys right away so we can start building your legal claim and help you get the recovery you are owed.
Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today!
We understand that a traumatic brain injury can change a person’s life completely. But we want you to know that you don’t have to go through this process alone. Here at The Advocates, we will focus entirely on you and your recovery and work with you each step of the way.
Having an attorney on your side can save you the trouble of dealing with insurance companies and fighting for your own compensation. Our brain injury lawyers have decades of experience dealing with the tactics employed by insurance carriers and defense attorneys. Insurance companies will often diminish the severity of your head injury if you did not suffer any impact to the head or lose consciousness.
We won’t let that happen. Call our office today at 206-452-4200 for a free consultation or chat with us online here. You deserve an Advocate.