There are many people who experience head traumas that cause various different types and levels of brain injury. Children and older adults are most likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries due to falls. For those between the ages of 15-44 years, it is the car accident TBI that poses the greatest risk. Injuries can range from those that cause mild concussions to very serious injuries that can seriously impede the victim’s physical and mental capabilities and may even result in death. In fact, traumatic brain injury is a factor in 30% of all injury related deaths, killing 138 people in the United States every day.
Head Trauma Needs to Be Monitored
Head trauma can occur in a variety of different ways and produce different levels of discomfort or disability. When someone sustains a car accident TBI in Columbus, Ohio that results in extreme injuries, such as prolonged cognitive impairment or confusion, impaired motor skills, or even changes in personality, the need to treat and monitor is obvious. However, less severe injuries to the head also need to be monitored. Most of the time, a mild traumatic brain injury is referred to as a concussion, and it may result in little or no loss of consciousness. The person who experiences it may seem dazed for a short time and may have normal results on tests and brain scans. There may also be an indication that the person’s brain function has been altered. Those who sustain multiple concussions over several months or years may sustain cumulative neurological and cognitive defects.
A moderate traumatic brain injury is sometimes only slightly more severe than a mild concussion, and it usually happens when there is a non-penetrating blow to the head. These injuries can potentially cause lifelong disabilities. The loss of consciousness may be as short as a few minutes or last for hours. After the person regains consciousness, they may remain confused for several days or weeks. As a result, they may not be able to return to their job, even if there aren’t other obvious physical injuries. This can be inconvenient because people in these situations may be asked to prove why they cannot work. It is important to note the day of the injury and show how it corresponds to any reduction or stopping of work. Expert medical testimony may also help, or you may be asked to attempt to work under supervision so that appropriate notes can be made regarding the level of your abilities. Some of the physical, cognitive, and behavioral changes and impairments can last for months or may even be permanent. Treatment options may make the injuries manageable, but they may still affect potential earnings later in your life.
All too often, a car accident TBI is severe when there have been crushing blows or wounds that penetrate the head. Severe TBIs can result in death, and those who do recover do so with great difficulty and lasting disabilities that impair their ability to function for the rest of their lives. Even with extensive and costly rehabilitation efforts, those who have a severe TBI can lose functionality in language or their senses, and they experience emotional problems. They are also more likely to develop conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease as they get older.
If you or a loved one has experienced any head trauma as a result of a car accident in Columbus, Ohio that resulted in injury or death, it is important that you have a qualified and experienced attorney on your side to help you fight for your rights. Determining an appropriate compensation amount can involve a lot of complex calculations that take several factors into consideration, including immediate and future medical costs, work capabilities, and lost wages, in addition to compensation for pain and suffering. At Bressman Law, we are committed to fight for our clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases that involve traumatic brain injuries. Contact us to set up a consultation to learn more about what we can do for you and your loved ones.