Knowing how to recognize symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, or “TBI,” can help you get the immediate medical help you need.
Common signs of a TBI include but are not limited to:
- Nausea or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness
- Personality or mood changes
- Sleeping difficulties
- Slurred speech
- General sense of confusion or disorientation
What To Do if You Are Showing Symptoms
If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of a TBI or potentially suffered from a traumatic brain injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical help as soon as possible. Only a doctor or medical professional will be able to accurately assess and treat your condition.
Nothing is more important than your health, but once your safety is secure, it could also be useful to consider the causes of your traumatic brain injury. In some cases, it may not have been your fault.
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Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in several different ways, and it is important to keep an eye out for the signs of a traumatic brain injury if you were involved in a traumatic event.
If you suffered from a traumatic brain injury, considering the possible causes of your accident could help you learn more about who might be liable for your suffering. If another party was to blame, for example, you might be eligible for financial compensation.
Additionally, considering the common causes of TBIs can help decrease the chances that you will experience a similar ordeal in the future. Some common causes of traumatic brain injuries include but are not limited to the following:
- Sports-related injuries
- Falling accidents
- Accidents at home
- Violent altercations, fights, or other encounters of a violent nature
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Boat crashes
- Accidents from skateboarding, skiing, or other recreational activities
There are a virtually endless number of ways in which traumatic brain injuries can occur. Remember to react as quickly as possible if you or a loved one is exhibiting the signs of a traumatic brain injury. Even if you think everything is okay following a fall or accident, traumatic brain injuries can still occur later.
Reacting in a timely manner can also improve your prognosis, hopefully minimizing the ways in which your life could be changed by your injury. Unfortunately, not everyone is so fortunate, and many victims suffer the repercussions of TBIs for days, weeks, months, or even a lifetime.
How Brain Injuries Might Impact Your Life
Brain injuries can change your life in both minor and significant ways. If you are fortunate, you can make a full recovery from a traumatic brain injury and go about your everyday life as planned. But sadly, this is not always the case. Many victims of traumatic brain injuries suffer for long periods of time.
You could be in physical pain, suffering from the emotional effects of your accident or injury, and under the burden of financial stress from medical bills and more. It is even possible that your ability to work was impacted by your accident, making it difficult to earn wages.
Severe traumatic brain injuries can result in a loss of movement, which can forever change the way you live your life. If you were left suffering from a TBI caused in part by another party, you could have options available and may even be able to collect compensation.
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Diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury
A definitive diagnosis is a critical part of your case. Diagnosing your TBI can be a complicated medical matter because it can also include typing or staging your injury. A comprehensive medical diagnosis can include:
- Neurological evaluation
- Memory assessment
- Hearing and vision assessment
- Behavioral assessment
- Brain imaging exams
- Blood tests
Your legal team will obtain your medical records from your medical team. These records will prove the cause and effect of your TBI. They will also prove the ongoing consequences you face and help your lawyer understand your future medical needs.
Understanding these costs is critical to assessing the monetary damages requested in your case. Failure to account for them could lead to financial hardship after your case is resolved since you cannot request additional damages at a later date.
Your legal team will ensure your case receives a complete and accurate evaluation prior to the start of the negotiation process.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A TBI can result in injuries that range from mild to catastrophic. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine research, types of traumatic brain injuries can be focal, meaning they affect only one area of the brain. TBIs can also be diffuse, meaning they affect multiple areas of the brain.
Additional types of TBI include:
- Closed brain injury
- Penetrating brain injury
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI)
- Primary brain injury
- Secondary brain injury
A brain injury of any severity can change your life in the immediate and distant future. Understanding the extent of your injury, or of that sustained by a loved one, can help you and your TBI lawyer accurately build your case.
Your medical records and details of the toll your TBI has taken on your life will become part of your evidence file. This information will influence your case and its financial value.
Exploring Your Options Following an Accident
Following an accident involving a third party, deciding whether or not to take legal action is difficult. While filing a claim is not for everyone, some victims who experienced the signs of a traumatic brain injury can collect compensation for their losses. These might include reimbursement for legal fees, medical bills, lost wages, emotional suffering, and more.
TBIs are more prevalent than you might expect in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 220,000 hospitalizations around the country were due to traumatic brain injuries in 2019. The CDC also reported a similarly staggering figure, in that over 65,000 fatalities from traumatic brain injuries were reported in 2020.
If a loved one succumbed to a TBI, specific family members can also recover a range of wrongful death damages. Your lawyer will ensure any resulting wrongful death action is filed on time and by the appropriate family members. In most cases, this will include the decedent’s parents, spouse, and children.
Do Not Delay Your TBI Insurance Claim or Lawsuit
A TBI caused by the negligence of another person or entity could entitle you to recover damages from the at-fault party. If you pursue damages, you have a limited time to do so.
If your settlement negotiations are prolonged, or an agreement otherwise seems unlikely, your lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf. Doing so preserves your right to go to trial because:
- If your lawsuit is filed too late, you will not be permitted to file it at all
- If you do file after the deadline, your lawsuit will be immediately dismissed
Both consequences are risky and can be costly. In addition, each state will have its own statute of limitations and potential fluctuations. The lawyer who handles your case will explain yours. Your lawyer will also ensure timely compliance with the filing deadline.
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If you are interested in exploring your options but do not know what to do next, call today and a team member with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can answer your questions during a free, no-obligation case review. Call today to find out more.