If I Was in an Ohio Accident, How Do I Know If I Have a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur when someone experiences a sudden jolt or blow to the head that disrupts the brain or damages the skull. The only way to know if you have a TBI is to seek treatment from a doctor. If you were in a serious accident and you believe you might have a TBI, seek medical attention immediately.
If your injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence, a traumatic brain injury lawyer might be able to help you get compensation. At Bressman Law, our legal team can examine the details of your case and potentially help you pursue damages from the at-fault party. We offer free case evaluations to TBI victims in Ohio. Call us at 877-538-1116 today to get started.
What Are the Symptoms of a TBI?
You might have a serious injury if you have experienced a blow to the head and notice any of the following TBI symptoms:
- Blurred vision;
- Changes in speech;
- Memory loss;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Unusual sleepiness;
- Extreme mood changes and other psychological effects;
- Seizures or convulsions; or
Only a doctor can determine whether you have a TBI. That is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately following any head injury. Brain injuries can be life-threatening, and symptoms sometimes take a while to develop. You could need an MRI or CT scan in addition to any emergency medical treatment. Some TBI victims need surgery to relieve excessive pressure on the brain.
What Causes a TBI?
Severe brain trauma is a common type of injury victims sustain in serious car accidents. When a victim’s head slams against a windshield or dashboard, the brain moves inside the skull, causing a TBI.
Other common causes of TBI include:
- Multi-car crashes;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Trucking accidents;
- Hit-and-run accidents;
- Workplace accidents;
- Sports injuries; and
- Physical violence.
Regardless of the type of accident that caused your TBI, our legal team is here to help. If we can prove fault for your accident, we will build a strong case that holds the responsible party liable for your damages.
Does the Severity of a Brain Injury Impact My Case?
The severity of your injury will directly impact your damages. The cost of a TBI varies depending on how significant the damage was and what type of long-term care you require in the future.
Victims of a mild TBI might experience temporary confusion or briefly lose consciousness. Many victims who suffer a mild TBI fully recover with time.
If you or a family member suffered a severe TBI, the impact can be permanent. Victims of this type of injury can experience:
- Loss of consciousness;
- Memory loss;
- Emotional distress; and
- Difficulty thinking, moving limbs, or speaking.
In cases where the brain was deprived of oxygen, the injury can be life-threatening.
People with a severe brain injury might have physical disabilities as well as long-term cognitive and emotional issues. They often require extensive rehabilitation and medical care for the rest of their lives.
Can a TBI Be Cured?
A TBI cannot be cured. Instead, brain injury victims need rehabilitation to recover as much as possible. Rehabilitation can help some patients regain lost functional abilities and adapt to assistive devices for functional independence. Many brain injury patients will benefit to some degree from rehabilitation.
Although some patients may make a full recovery, others will not. Some TBI victims will need long-term or permanent assistance with tasks like eating, washing, brushing their teeth, and walking.
Patients who do not fully recover will face high long-term expenses. We can help you fight for compensation for these costs.
What Kinds of Expenses Could I Face If I Suffered a Serious Brain Injury?
If you suffered a TBI, you might be unable to work, and medical bills are likely piling up quickly. You might need to make expensive modifications to your home and hire round-the-clock help to assist you daily.
If your injury happened due to someone else’s negligence, contact Bressman Law as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, we might be able to get you compensation for your current medical bills, future medical expenses, medical devices or equipment, and pain and suffering.
If your loved one died after suffering a TBI, you might have a wrongful death claim. We might be able to get you a settlement that pays for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and more.
How Can I Talk to a Lawyer About My TBI Case?
At Bressman Law, we understand how devastating a brain injury can be. We fight to ensure our clients receive the fair compensation they deserve. Contact us today at 877-538-1116 for a free consultation.