A traumatic brain injury is any injury that prevents the brain from functioning normally. Usually, this is because of a direct blow to the head. Per Healthline, some specific types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Skull fractures
- Diffuse axonal injuries
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The Mayo Clinic notes that the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury depend on the type of condition that you have. However, for the most part, people with this condition find it difficult to resume their day-to-day lives.
Some signs of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Mood swings
- Sensitivity to light and sound
You could experience other symptoms beyond those listed here. Many factors will play a role in the symptoms you experience. The location of the head trauma, the length of time you may have spent unconscious, and the force of the trauma could impact the severity of your condition.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries throughout the country. Because falls disproportionately affect seniors, these populations are more at risk of suffering these types of injuries.
Other causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sporting events
- Medical errors
- Swimming pool accidents
Even if you aren’t sure that you suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should seek medical care immediately if you suffered a blow or major jolt to the head. A “wait and see” approach could ultimately put your life at risk.
Treatments for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Your traumatic brain injury may not show outward signs. Your doctor will likely need to conduct a series of tests to take a look inside of your body and see what’s going on. This could include conducting x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
While the medical treatment you may need could be expensive, you do not need to forgo it. You could seek reimbursement for these expenses if your injury was due to the negligent actions of another party.
Your condition could respond well to:
- Medications. Your doctor may prescribe medications that address your pain, reduced range of motion, and sensitivity to light.
- Surgery. You may need to undergo surgery to remove pieces of broken bone and damaged tissue.
- Physical therapy. If your injury impacted your ability to move and live independently, you could restore your quality of life with the help of a physical therapist.
Some people suffer traumatic brain injuries and can move on with their lives within a matter of days. However, this is not the case for everyone. You may need to make permanent adaptations to your day-to-day function. This could include living in an assisted care facility or hiring an in-home nurse.
You Could Recover Compensation After Getting Hurt
If you were harmed due to the actions of a negligent motorist, healthcare provider, or property owner, you could have the beginning of a personal injury case on your hands. Through a claim or lawsuit, you could recover the cost of your injury-related losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Medical bills, both now and anticipated
- Impaired quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Some people are not able to survive their traumatic brain injuries. If you are a surviving family member, you could file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit to seek compensation. In that situation, you could recover the following types of losses:
- Funeral expenses
- The cost of cremation/burial
- Your loved one’s healthcare expenses
- Loss of parental guidance, household benefits, and consortium
Your financial recovery options will rest on the details of your injury and overall situation. You could work with a personal injury lawyer from our team who can manage the details involved in your case.
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. for More Information About Your Prospective Case
A traumatic brain injury is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly. As you receive medical attention or care for an injured loved one, you may be wondering what legal options you have.
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. has been advocating for claimants’ rights since 1985. We have handled traumatic brain injury cases in the past and understand what goes into recovering compensation.
We can prove that another party’s negligence resulted in your losses, and as a result, you deserve to seek compensation. To talk to someone from our team today at no cost to you, dial (317) 636-7777. We want to hear about the details of your situation, including how you got hurt and what types of damages you have incurred.