When an external force is applied to the head, the trauma can cause a wide array of injuries collectively known as traumatic brain injuries, or “TBI.” Injuries of this nature could include concussions, contusions, penetrating brain injuries, and other conditions that might affect blood or oxygen flow to the brain.
Because the brain is essential in virtually every bodily function, traumatic brain injuries can be very serious. Some victims may even experience long-term effects such as a loss of mobility or other debilitations.
It can be very difficult for a victim and family members to adjust after a TBI, as your daily life may change. In some cases, victims of traumatic brain injuries suffered from an accident caused by someone else. Understanding what a traumatic brain injury is and how it occurs can help you cope in the aftermath of an accident or better prepare yourself to prevent future injury.
A traumatic brain injury can profoundly impact your life. Many victims suffer both physically and cognitively. If you are lucky and receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner, it is possible to make a full recovery. Other victims are not as fortunate.
More serious TBIs could require ongoing therapy and may be characterized by permanent disability or impaired cognitive capacity. While it is possible to improve after a serious TBI, you could also need help with daily activities or mobility.
TBIs often have a financial impact on victims and their family members. Expensive medical bills, loss of work, and other factors can make life much more difficult. In some cases, the events that lead to traumatic brain injuries are preventable. A car accident, for example, could be caused by the carelessness or negligence of a third party. If you believe another party may have caused your TBI, you could even have legal options available.
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Your Legal Options Following an Accident
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your traumatic brain injury, it is possible that someone else is at fault. If you believe a third party may have been liable, you could potentially collect various types of financial compensation.
This might include damages for your pain and suffering, reimbursement for medical expenses or legal fees, and more. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, you can discuss your case with a lawyer from our firm.
Educating yourself on your legal options is important as you decide if filing a claim is right for you. There is a statute of limitations in many cases, so it is helpful to act in a timely manner if you feel you have a valid claim.
Someone Could Retain Damages for a Variety of Symptoms a TBI Creates
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are sometimes hard to notice, and in other cases, it may be very obvious that something is wrong. If you experienced any of the following symptoms, you could have suffered a TBI:
- Sudden changes in personality, eating habits, or sleeping patterns
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
Because traumatic brain injuries are very serious it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention if you may have experienced an injury to the head or neck region. Failure to do so can worsen the potential for injuries.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were nearly 3 million visits to the emergency room for TBIs in The United States during 2014. The CDC also reported that over 55,000 deaths were caused by traumatic brain injuries or related complications during that same year.
Sadly, injuries and deaths are among the results of how young people can be prone to accidents that might cause head trauma. Some of the more common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor-vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries, sometimes caused by a lack of proper equipment
- Violent interactions or assaults
- Accidents at home
Traumatic brain injuries are not always immediately apparent. Taking the time to understand the symptoms of these types of dangerous injuries can help you determine if you were the victim of a TBI.
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Contact Us to Pursue a Financial Award for Your TBI
A traumatic brain injury is a potentially life-changing event that can affect your life and the lives of your loved ones. If your suffering was caused by someone else, you could have grounds for a legal suit. Victims sometimes feel a sense of justice and closure by pursuing compensation. Damages can additionally make life less stressful as you work to recover following an accident.
To learn more about the next steps available to you, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers by calling (404) 888-8888. A team member is standing by to answer your questions free of charge. Take action today before it is too late.