A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur when someone is victim to a violent and sudden impact to the head. Also, it can occur when a sharp object damages brain tissue by piercing the skull. Traumatic brain injuries can happen during car accidents, hard falls, assaults, and many other ways.
TBIs can cause debilitating symptoms that could last the rest of your life. The victims of TBI will often incur medical expenses that they are unable to afford while and become unable to work due to their injury.
However, there is a way to get compensation for a TBI if you feel that there was another party at fault for the injury. Experienced injury lawyers can help you pay the medical bills and make up for the lost time at work that resulted from your TBI.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Often abbreviated to TBI, a traumatic brain injury constitutes any kind of disruption to your brain’s functionality. Usually, a blow to the head or an impact from an object that brakes the skull will cause a TBI.
Roughly 1.7 million American people suffer from a TBI every year with 52,000 of these people dying from it. So you are not alone if you are suffering from a TBI but it is important to understand the severity of having one.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
The brain is one of the most important parts of your body and is used for a wide variety
of necessary functions. There is a reason many people die when their brain suffers an excessive amount of damage.
List of Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
- Blurred Vision
- Lack of ability to concentrate
- Lapses in memory
- Mood swings
There are even more symptoms for severe cases of TBI which can include: seizures, vomiting, slurred speech, loss of coordination, numbness, cognitive impairment, and all the other symptoms listed above.
A common form of a TBI is a concussion which can vary wildly in severity and include some of these symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms it is important to go to a doctor to be evaluated for a potential head injury.
Types Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are two main types of TBIs that people can experience which are mild TBIs and severe TBIs. Let’s go through the details of both.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
These kinds of TBIs are fairly common injuries but could cause some disruption to normal brain functions. If you lose consciousness for 30 minutes or less, you will more than likely be diagnosed with a mild TBI.
Some mild TBI symptoms include things such as:
- Sensitivity to light
- Inability to smell
- Sensitivity to sound
- Difficulty with coordination
- Memory lapses
While mild TBIs are not usually considered life threatening they can cause you to experience these symptoms for a year or more and leave you much more vulnerable to serious head injuries. Incurring multiple mild TBIs can be just as bad if not worse than a severe TBI.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Severe TBIs are usually diagnosed if the person loses consciousness for many hours or days at a time. These TBIs can be life threatening and can cause lifelong lasting damage to a person’s brain functionality. Some symptoms you could experience from a severe TBI are:
- Constant nausea or vomiting
- Dilated pupils
- Clear fluid coming from the nose or ears
- Hampered motor skills
- Difficulty talking
- Irritable behavior
Any of these symptoms could be the result of a severe TBI which needs immediate medical attention. The things that cause mild TBIs can also cause severe ones so it is important to seek the help of a doctor if you suffer any kind of trauma to the head.
Factors Of A Traumatic Brain Injury Claim
There are many different kinds of TBI claims that vary in compensation based on the severity of the injury and any other damage caused by the accident.
For the most part, a successful claim will cover your medical expenses which include the initial hospital or emergency room stays, any prescriptions, imaging tests, lab work, and whatever other expenses that were necessary to treat your injury in the hospital.
You will also likely be compensated for any lost income that came from having to stay out of work because of your injury. Most people that suffer from a TBI will have to stay out of work for an extended period of time so this could be a large compensation depending on your job and how much time you missed.
Furthermore, in more severe cases, a TBI can leave an individual unable to work whatsoever. In these cases, an expert in economics could estimate the possible lost income over their life and the victim will be compensated based on that estimate.
Another thing that can be covered in a TBI claim is future medical expenses. As stated before, symptoms from a TBI can last for years potentially and you will likely need to revisit the hospital at some point if these symptoms worsen. These expenses can be factored into compensation as well.
Plus, there will likely be more to your claim based on how much this injury has negatively impacted your life. If this injury has affected more than just your work life, you will likely get more for the pain and suffering you went through.
Lastly, if any property was damaged during the accident, that will also be covered in the claim. Any other potential expenses can also be factored in and included in compensation for the TBI.
Contact Trusted Lawyers for Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs can leave a person in a horrible state where almost nothing can be done to remedy the situation. If you have suffered from a TBI there are law organizations like Law Leaders that can help you make a claim. Law Leaders has a large network of licensed attorneys that are committed to providing American with TBIs the support they require to find the best way to be compensated for their injury.
Contact the Law Leaders team for more information today!