We have worked with many clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. These injuries cause serious brain damage affecting a person’s personality, social skills, motor skills and decision-making ability.
A TBI doesn’t just affect the victim, but their family as well. If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury, you may be able to seek compensation for injuries and medical expenses.
You may be able to recover compensation for:
Since TBIs are caused by a blow to the head, they can occur in a variety of situations.
Over 40 percent of TBIs are caused by falls. Additionally, 15.5 percent are caused by blunt force trauma, 14.3 percent by automobile accidents, and 10.7 percent by assaults. As brain injury attorneys, we often see TBI victims injured by:
It’s possible to sustain a traumatic brain injury without being diagnosed by a doctor. Often, the only way to detect a mild TBI is by monitoring the victim in the days and weeks after the accident.
If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from a TBI, look out for warning signs. If any of these symptoms develop, call your doctor or go to an emergency room immediately:
If a child experiences a TBI, it may be harder for them to explain their symptoms or how they feel. Adults should look for the following symptoms in children who may have a TBI:
TBIs are classified as either open injuries or closed injuries, depending on how the injury occurred.
Once a TBI is classified as open or closed, a doctor can evaluate it based on how severe the damage and symptoms are. The injury will be classified as either mild, moderate, or severe.
Aside from the symptoms mentioned above, TBIs can cause irreversible or fatal health problems. Serious complications of traumatic brain injuries include:
In a coma, the victim is unconscious and unable to communicate. Some comas last a few days or weeks while others last the remainder of the victim’s life.
A TBI victim in a vegetative state may be able to open their eyes, move, or make noise. Victims may be in a vegetative state permanently or transition into a minimally conscious state.
Victims in a minimally conscious state will have an altered level of consciousness while remaining aware of their surroundings. Though this is a serious medical condition, recovery is possible.
Caused by a stroke, locked in syndrome leaves victims awake and aware but without the ability to move.
A TBI victim suffering from brain death will have no measurable brain activity.
This condition usually affects victims of multiple TBIs (football players, boxers, etc.). CTE can have severe side effects, like memory loss, impaired judgment, or a drastic change in personality or behavior. Currently the only way to diagnose CTE is through autopsy, though doctors and researchers are working on finding a better way.
At DeMayo Law Offices, we know TBIs can be an enormous source of stress and pain. Our lawyers are standing by to discuss your case, so you can focus on your family. Contact us 24/7 by calling (877) 333-1000.
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