There are estimated to be over two million people a year affected from a traumatic brain injury. Some injuries are mild and some are severe. Because every brain injury is unique, it is best to get medical attention as soon as possible. It can be a long, difficult, expensive journey to recovery.
Traumatic brain injuries are changes to brain function as the result of an external force as opposed to an internal disease or condition. These injuries can be mild, such as in the case of lower-grade concussions, or extremely serious, which can result in memory loss, personality changes, and an inability to execute the core functions of the brain.
Traumatic brain injuries (TMI’s) can result from motor vehicle and boating accidents. Slip and fall accidents are the most common according to the Mayo Clinic. TMI’s may also result from violence which includes firearm accidents and assaults. Automobile and motorcycle accidents are frequently responsible for traumatic brain injuries, but physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities can be impaired by a broad range of trauma.
Common Symptoms of TMI’s
Symptoms that may occur from mild or moderate brain injury include:
- Blurred vision
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Speech impairment
Symptoms of serious TMI’s may include:
- Extreme mood swings
- Inability to taste or smell
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Permanent confusion or disorientation
Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can result in an emotional, life-changing lifestyle for a victim and their family. There is also the financial hardship that can result from treatment. By consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney, it’s often possible to receive compensation for lost wages and healthcare expenses. Healthcare costs can be exorbitant with traumatic brain injuries.
Depending on the circumstances, a victim may require modification to their home and vehicles. If there was damage to property as a result of an accident, a settlement may include reasonable and necessary compensation to cover the costs.
The non-economic damages that may be included in a settlement include that of pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. Punitive damages may be awarded if there was gross negligence and intentional misconduct in the case of the defendant. The need for an experienced attorney is critical in these circumstances.
Timely, advanced medical care and attention make a difference in treatment and prognosis. That’s why it’s critical to work closely with a personal injury attorney who understands the needs of victims of traumatic brain injury and their options for both treatment and compensation. Hunter Law’s expertise with traumatic brain injury cases can alleviate these burdens placed on victims and their loved ones as we pursue the resources for treatment and care together.