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Each year, about 2.5 million individuals suffer from traumatic brain injuries. Events such as car accidents and work injuries can leave victims with serious and lifelong head injuries. The medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, and time taken off work can quickly add up and leave victims with significant financial burdens.
The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have experience helping victims seek the compensation they deserve. If you suffered from a traumatic brain injury after an accident, call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with nationwide traumatic brain injury lawyers.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Injuries can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe; however, all TBIs should be taken seriously. After an injury, some victims may feel better after a few days while others will face lasting, lifelong effects.
Generally, the effects of a TBI can include problems with memory, movement, vision, hearing, and personality changes. In serious cases, these lifelong changes can be difficult for individuals and their families, who may need to significantly readjust their lives after a loved one suffers from a serious head injury.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
An estimated 282,000 people are hospitalized each year with a TBI. While many types of accidents can cause TBIs, some of the most common causes include:
Falls are one of the leading causes of TBIs. Hazards at work can cause workers to suffer from slips, and trips, and falls which may result in a concussion and time taken off from work to recover.
Struck by an Object
Being struck by or against an object is another leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits each year. Construction workers are especially at risk of being struck by an object in their work because of moving vehicles, falling objects, and heavy equipment.
Motor Vehicle Crashes
Car crashes can involve high-impact collisions that cause victims to smash their head against the steering wheel, window, or against the headrest. Flying objects like purses, mugs, or books in a car can also become flying projectiles and may be enough to cause a concussion.
Gunshot wounds, domestic violence, and assaults can all cause brain injuries. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, gunshot wound head trauma is the cause of about 35% of all deaths attributed to TBIs.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs are usually categorized by medical professionals based on the severity of the injury. Depending on the nature of the TBI, this can affect the amount of time it takes to recover, the rehabilitation time needed, and future medical expenses. Some of the common types of brain injuries include:
A concussion is usually caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. The effects of a concussion are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination.
A contusion is a bruise on the brain that can cause bleeding and swelling inside of the brain around the area where the head was struck. Contusions may occur along with a fracture or other blood clots.
There are several types of hematomas, which can range from mild head injuries to serious life-threatening ones. Hematomas are classified by where they are located in the brain, but generally involve blood clots in or around the brain.
Skull fractures occur when the skull bone breaks. The most common type of skull fractures is linear skull fractures, which do not usually require surgery. However, in cases where part of the skull is sunken in, surgery may be needed to correct the fracture.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Every individual is different and should always be examined by a medical professional if they believe they have suffered from a TBI. However, there are some common symptoms of head injuries that victims may frequently experience depending on the severity of their injury.
In mild head injuries common symptoms may include:
- Raised, swollen area from a bump or a bruise
- Small, superficial (shallow) cut in the scalp
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Problems with balance
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Change in sleep patterns
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Alteration in taste
In moderate to severe head injury cases, victims may experience the above symptoms as well as the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe headache that does not go away
- Repeated nausea and vomiting
- Loss of short-term memory, such as difficulty remembering the events that led right up to and through the accident
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty walking
- Weakness in one side or area of the body
- Pale skin color
- Seizures or convulsions
- Behavior changes including irritability
- Blood or clear fluid draining from the ears or nose
- One pupil is dilated, or looks larger, than the other eye and doesn’t constrict, or get smaller, when exposed to light
- Deep cut or laceration in the scalp
- Open wound in the head
- Vegetative state
Compensation You May Be Able to Recover
After a TBI, victims and their families may be left with significant medical expenses. Because the brain is such a specialized area of medicine, the cost of surgery, consultation with experts, and rehabilitation can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills. In serious head injury cases, victims may no longer be able to work or enjoy previous activities. However, if another party is responsible for your TBI, a nationwide traumatic brain injury attorney may be able to help you recover the following:
TBI victims may be able to recover hospital bills, doctor’s visits, and physical and occupational therapy costs. Additionally, if a TBI affected an individual’s ability to walk, they may be able to recover the costs of a wheelchair and other adaptive equipment needed. For serious brain injuries requiring ongoing medical treatment, victims may also receive compensation for future medical costs and care.
From minor concussions to serious TBIs, if a brain injury causes victims to miss work, then they may be able to recover lost wages during the time they were unable to work. Additionally, if an injury causes a long-term disability that prevents a victim from working, then they may receive compensation for their future earning ability.
Pain and Suffering
After an accident, TBI victims may be in a significant amount of pain. Victims may be able to pursue damages for lasting physical pain. They may also be able to recover damages for the emotional stress, anxiety, and overall toll on their mental health that the injury caused them.
Loss of Enjoyment and Quality of Life
After a TBI, there may be limitations on activities that victims are no longer able to undertake. The effects of a brain injury can make it difficult for victims to concentrate or cause sensitivity to light and noise, making it difficult to play sports, attend events, or otherwise enjoy life.
When a brain injury is fatal, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This can help families pursue compensation for funeral costs, lost wages, and loss of companionship, among other damages.
Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury
Recovering from a head injury may take a few days, weeks, or months. Each case is unique and how quickly a victim recovers may depend on their age, health, and severity of the brain injury. You should consult a medical professional for specific recommendations in your case. In general, for mild head injury cases, the CDC recommends that victims:
- Get plenty of sleep at night and rest during the day
- Avoid activities that are physically demanding
- Avoid activities such as contact or recreational sports
- Return to normal activities gradually, not all at once
- Talk with your health care professional about when you can return to work
- Take only those drugs that your health care professional has approved
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages until your health care professional says you are well enough
- Write down the things that may be harder than usual for you to remember
- Consult with family members or close friends when making important decisions
- Avoid sustained computer use, including computer/video games early in the recovery process
Contact Our Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
At Zinda Law Group, our nationwide lawyers have helped many victims who suffered from a head injury seek the compensation they deserve. Let us help ease your mind about medical bills and missed work so you can focus on recovering from your injury.
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