Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are some of the most devastating traumas that a person can face. Unlike most other bodily tissues, the brain doesn’t regenerate its cells. So, once damaged or connections have been broken, the brain functionality is often lost unless the brain learns new ways to function. Sometimes this is possible, but often the victims are left with permanent impairment. If you’ve been involved in an accident and suspect head trauma, seek medical attention immediately. You should also consider contacting an attorney right away. Our Connecticut brain injury attorneys have extensive experience assisting victims of traumatic brain injuries.
Major Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Of those numbers, more 50,000 of the injuries were fatal and more than 280,000 required hospitalization. Most brain injuries are accident-related, and the most common causes include:
- Falls account for over 40 percent of TBIs. While some of these numbers are skewed due to the falls that both children and the elderly suffer, other fall accidents often involve work-related negligence or other safety issues. For example, workers fall from ladders, scaffolding, and unsafe roofs and sustain TBIs daily.
- Vehicle accidents also account for a large portion of head traumas. Any rear end collision, head on collision, or side impact accident involving automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians can result in head jolts and impact with a solid surface.
- Blunt trauma is another leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. This involves being struck or hit by a foreign object such as a piece of machinery, tool, or falling equipment.
- Assault also accounts for a portion of these injuries, where victims are injured during a robbery or attacked during a fight.
Symptoms Associated with Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is often labeled as a concussion, and the severity of these injuries can range from mild to severe. Some of the symptoms of a TBI are physical, while others related to either sensory areas or cognitive ability. Here are just a few of the common symptoms associated with head trauma injuries:
- Loss of consciousness
- Numbness or tingling in the body
- Vision changes
- Balance issues
- Slow pulse
- Depressed respiration
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Partial or full paralysis
- Coma or semi-comatose state
- Impaired thinking
- Reduced attention span
- Memory problems
- Anxiety and depression
- Unexplained instances of irritability
If you suspect a traumatic brain injury in yourself or a loved one, it’s imperative that you get to a local emergency room immediately. Carefully document symptoms in writing and make sure that necessary tests for diagnosis are ordered. Ask the attending physician what they recommend and then specifically ask for diagnostic testing for TBIs such as an MRI scan, CT scan, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan, and a Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) scan. Delay in treatment can lead to further long-term damage and, in some cases, even death.
How These Injuries Can Impact Your Life
For patients and loved ones, a brain injury can change your life overnight. When victims can no longer physically function or have lost vital mental abilities, families often need to abandon or change plans for the future. Many victims are unable to return to gainful employment, no longer enjoy hobbies, and have lost a significant portion of their independence. As if these factors aren’t devastating enough, the treatment and continuing care required for a brain injury can be incredibly expensive.
Treatment costs for brain injuries can start as low as $85,000 and rise into the millions of dollars for a serious case. Victims sometimes need multiples tests, hospitalization, surgery, ongoing therapy, and even around-the-clock care. There aren’t many families that have the financial resources to provide these services for a loved one, no matter how necessary the care. If this tragedy has entered your life due to someone else’s illegal behavior or carelessness, you have the right to hold that person or business responsible for their actions. In these cases, even if you are unsure, you’ll want to discuss your situation with an experienced brain injury attorney.
Potential Damages Available in Brain Injury Cases
Depending on the severity of the brain injury and the circumstances of the accident, a liable party might be found responsible for compensating medical expenses, home care, lost wages (past and future), and pain & suffering. Depending on the details of your injury, there may be several responsible parties and your attorney will need to work to prove responsibility for the injury. Possible liable parties in a traumatic brain injury cases include employers, property owners, drunk drivers, reckless drivers, medical professionals, and individuals involved in criminal acts. You should never have to live with the consequences of a brain trauma injury without adequate compensation. Often, the only way to know if you have a valid case is to consult with an attorney who is an expert in TBI cases.
Choosing the Right Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
When you choose an attorney for your traumatic brain injury case, be sure to do your research. Only speak with an attorney who is experienced with head injury cases. Aside from representing your interests against the responsible parties for your injury, there are several other things that your attorney can accomplish during this difficult time. Insurance companies employee scores of experts and investigators whose sole aim is to protect their company’s bottom line. An experienced brain injury attorney can advocate on your behalf to ensure that you are both receiving appropriate medical care and that you get the maximum recovery possible for your devastating injuries.
Our skilled head injury attorneys understand how these cases work and have developed relationships with professionals who can be helpful to your case. We can refer you to, if necessary, medical specialists, such as neurologists and radiologists for proper treatment and testing. Our office will also coordinate with economic experts to ensure that any settlement provides for your lifetime of medical care, therapy, and wage replacement.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a traumatic head injury accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. We are here to help. Our experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys will make sure that you understand your rights and we will give you the information to make the right choices for you and your family.