A traumatic brain injury is considered to be any form of head trauma that results in disrupted brain function, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This could include direct trauma, such as a blow to the head, or indirect trauma, which may involve a jolt to the body. Traumatic brain injuries could be mild or severe in nature, ranging from minor concussions to comas.
In some cases, traumatic brain injuries are caused by negligence. If this is the case for you, you may want to take legal action to recover the cost of your medical treatment and other losses. A lawyer can help you with this endeavor.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can happen in almost any location, from shopping centers to private homes to sporting events. Some accidents are purely that––accidents. However, some traumatic brain injuries directly result from recklessness, carelessness, or inaction in the face of a hazard.
Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Sporting events
- Construction site accidents
Auto accidents are all-too-common causes of traumatic brain injuries, according to the CDC. Upon impact, the forces exerted on a passenger’s body can cause the head to snap back and forth or cause the head to collide with hard surfaces inside the car.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Mayo Clinic, a victim can experience a range of symptoms due to a traumatic brain injury, depending on whether the injury is mild or severe. These symptoms can affect a victim physically, cognitively, and sensorily.
For those with mild or moderate injuries, victims could experience:
- Issues with sleep
- Blurred vision
- An unusual taste in the mouth
- Ringing ears
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Mood changes
- Concentration problems or disorientation
- Balance issues
Severe traumatic brain injuries can cause extreme confusion, slurred speech, significant disruptions in consciousness, persistent headaches, or even an inability to wake from sleep.
After experiencing a traumatic brain injury, you could continue dealing with long-term symptoms. This could include trouble with problem-solving or issues with completing basic tasks. A traumatic brain injury can continue to affect a victim emotionally and socially, as well.
When thinking about the nature of these long-term consequences, those who suffer a traumatic brain injury could require ongoing physical therapy, speech therapy, and other forms of therapy.
Given the cognitive and behavioral changes that can occur in a person with this condition, they may even become limited in the kind of work they can do to provide for themselves financially.
Seek Prompt Medical Attention for a Traumatic Brain Injury
After any injury, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible. This is very important regardless of how your injury happened. By seeking care, you can start the process of receiving treatment for your condition.
At the same time, you can begin collecting documentation in regards to:
- Your diagnosis
- Your prognosis
- Your expected recovery time
- The treatments you will need and their corresponding costs
This documentation will be important in the event that you pursue a personal injury case.
As you continue to experience symptoms, you should continue to attend your medical appointments as prescribed by a doctor (if you have not been doing so already). Again, doing so will not only help you heal from your injury but also to gather evidence regarding your condition.
A lawyer can help you understand what is considered to be a traumatic brain injury and determine whether your injury may have been caused by negligence.
A Lawyer Can Help You Recover Compensation
Whether there is a clear and obvious responsible party in your case or not, a lawyer will be able to help you determine who is liable for your injuries and build a case to help you recover your losses.
Some compensable losses in your case may include:
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of treatment
- Physical therapy
- Mental health counseling
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Impaired quality of life
- In-home healthcare
If your damages were the result of another party’s negligence, then you should not have to pursue these costs on your own. You can work with a lawyer to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Call Bressman Law to Start Your Case Today
Bressman Law has been serving personal injury clients for more than 30 years. We understand how challenging it can be to have a life-changing injury—and we will stand beside you through every step of your case.
Injury victims in Ohio have a limited time to file a lawsuit. According to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10, you generally have two years to do so. Call us today for a free consultation.