What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is generally the result of blow to the head or due to some sort of a forceful head injury. TBIs may be quite serious, costly and, in some cases, deadly. Traumatic brain injuries may happen as an independent injury or in conjunction with other injuries.
While TBIs may occur accidentally, they are often due to another person or entity’s alleged negligence, falling under the category of general negligence. When a TBI occurs under these circumstances, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed.
TBIs may be anything from mild to severe and may involve minor changes in consciousness or mental status or major, serious, long stretches of unconsciousness or amnesia. Because of this, TBIs may be very devastating, causing paralysis and leaving injured individuals experiencing difficulty in completing basic activities, suffering permanent disability, or experiencing years of rehabilitation.
If you or someone you know suffered a traumatic brain injury, the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment, and other damages.
How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur?
A traumatic brain injury may be caused by a brain trauma caused by a skull fracture, concussion, or sudden and intense shaking of the head. Traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, slip/trip and falls, construction accidents, and sporting accidents.
The TBI’s cause is particularly important as the cause may help determine if the victim has legal recourse to recover financial compensation. Typically, individuals who have sustained a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence and who have experienced losses due to that negligence or behavior may be able to file a claim.
The attorneys at Parker Waichman fully understand the medical and legal implications of head injuries, as well as the emotional stress that a traumatic brain injury personal injury claim causes the family members and loved ones of allegedly injured TBI victims. Our experts are able help handle your claim so that you and your family may focus on the TBI victim’s recovery.
The victim may need to change many areas of his or her life and may never return to the life he or she previously led prior to the TBI. A traumatic brain injury may impact an individual’s personality, physical abilities, mental abilities, and psychological abilities; his or her family, social, educational, and career life; and his or her ability to live independently.
What Happens When Diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Brain injuries are typically classified into three categories: Mild, moderate, or severe. Mild brain injuries may cause period of loss of consciousness, confusion, or disorientation and should last no longer 30 minutes. Most brain traumas fall under the classification of concussions or other forms of these types of injuries.
A moderate brain injury involves longer periods of unconsciousness or memory loss. Severe brain injuries may lead to impaired cognitive functioning and to health events that are as serious as comatose states.
The leading cause of traumatic brain injury among teenagers and adults is motor vehicle accidents.
Males between the ages of 15 and 24 are very susceptible to brain injuries given the high-risk lifestyles that some may choose. The elderly and children who are under the age of four are susceptible to brain accidents due to slip/trip and falls, neglect, and other causes. Construction site accidents; physical assaults; shaken-baby syndrome; athletic accidents; vehicular accidents; and accidents at home, work, or outside may lead to a traumatic brain injury.
The Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries may cause long-term physical disabilities and significant cognitive and behavioral changes that may adversely impact the quality of the victim’s life and his or her family’s lives. Traumatic brain injury consequences may also include cognitive injuries that include short- or long-term memory loss; spatial disorientation; and difficulty concentrating, communicating, or planning.
Psychological and behavioral injuries may lead to anxiety, depression, mood swings, agitation, and impulsivity. Physical injuries may lead to seizures; chronic headaches; speech impairment; partial or complete paralysis; and loss of vision, hearing, smell, or taste.
Victims of brain trauma may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses such as hospital, surgical, nursing, medication, medical device, ambulance, and rehabilitation costs associated with restoring one’s ability to function; lost income and diminished earning capacity; property damage, including damage, destruction, and loss of tangible property; and pain and suffering, including physical and mental distress.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 1.4 million Americans suffer brain injuries each year. The CDC estimates that at least 5.3 million people in the United States will need long-term care because of a traumatic brain injury and that TBIs are tied to a substantial number of deaths and of people suffering permanent disability annually. In 2010, alone, for example, 2.5 million TBIs were seen as both individual injuries or as part of other injuries.
Prior research that had been conducted by an emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, revealed a close to 30 percent increase in TBI rates from 2006 to 2010 in United States emergency departments (ED), according to a May 2014 report in JAMA, previously known as the Journal of the American Health Association.
At that time, the CDC described TBIs as a serious public health concern. This led to the study that attempted to understand TBI-related ED visits. The research was conducted as a population-based descriptive U.S. epidemiological study and reviewed TBI visits to EDs from 2006 to 2010; the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) database, including 25-50 million visits from over 950 hospitals annually; and U.S. Census data.
Much of the TBI increase involved concussions or unspecified head injuries, according to JAMA. The largest increase rate was seen in young children who were under the age of three and adults who were over the age of 60.
Speak with Parker Waichman to Determine If You Have A Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
The national attorneys Parker Waichman have long and successfully fought traumatic brain injury cases. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a traumatic brain injury, the firm offers legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit.
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