Few injuries are as terrifying and life-altering as a brain injury. This type of injury can change a person’s life in an instant, disrupting the ability to move, work or enjoy life. The damage can be insidious, sometimes taking months or years to become fully apparent. In the most serious cases, brain injury can be fatal.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur in all sorts of incidents. Some of the most common include:
- Motor vehicle accidents (motorcycle, ATV, car, etc.)
- Bicycle, skateboard, roller skate, snowboard, and ski accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports related injuries
- Work accidents
- Assaults and fights
The problem is that while our brains are safely encased in the hard shell of our heads, they are soft organs. When you suffer a sudden jar or blow to the head, the brain can literally be slammed against that hard shell. Resulting damage can include:
- Over-stretching damage to the nerve fibers in deeper tissues due to a whiplash injury (diffuse axonal injury)
- Shock or pressure wave force, such as seen in veterans who survive explosions
- Displaced and penetrating fractures of the skull
What Kind of Damage Can a Brain Injury Do?
The effects of a brain injury can be extensive and profoundly disabling. With even mild injury, they can include, headache, confusion, dizziness, sensitivity to noise or light, ringing in the ears, blurred or double vision, restlessness and insomnia. More serious injuries may also result in:
- Physical disabilities, loss of motor control, paralysis
- Seizures and convulsions
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Speech problems
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble thinking clearly and impaired judgment
- Emotional and behavioral issues, such as depression and aggression
- Changes in personality
Recovery for a brain injury victim may take years, and some are never again their “old selves.”
Facing the Challenges of a Traumatic Brain Injury
As you can imagine, brain injuries can be extremely difficult for victims and their families—emotionally, physically, and financially. The victim may never again be able to earn a living, or work up to his or her old capabilities. Even when the victim is able to continue to work, a TBI may trigger the need for expensive, lifelong medical care.
For many, that means that the only way they can get the care they need is to file a personal injury claim against the party or parties responsible for the injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it would be wise to talk about your options with a personal injury attorney experienced in pursuing compensation for brain injury victims.
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
To prove a negligence claim, your attorney will have to show that your accident and the resulting injuries were caused by someone else’s negligent action or failure to act. Your attorney will fight to ensure that you win full and fair compensation for your short- and long-term needs, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
- Punitive damages
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer Today
Recovery from a brain injury requires time, financial resources, and the assistance of a team of medical and rehabilitative experts. Our attorneys understand the complex medical issues brain injury victims are facing. Our experienced and successful personal injury attorneys can help brain injury victims to obtain the maximum possible recovery for their injuries. Our attorneys understand the complex legal and medical issues involved and have the skill to effectively present these issues to a jury.