What is a traumatic brain injury?
Every year in America, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), resulting in 50,000 fatalities and 235,000 hospitalizations. About half of those hospitalized have long-term impairment that affects their ability to perform everyday activities. Any sudden trauma may cause damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object penetrates the skull and destroys brain tissue. Traveling at a high rate of speed or striking a hard object are not necessary elements to a traumatic brain injury. Serious brain injuries can result from falls, car accidents, sports activities and work-related accidents.
Trauma to the head can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear or swell. There are two general types of head injuries: open and closed. An open injury results when the skull has been fractured, and usually results when the head comes in direct contact with a hard surface or object. A closed head injury does not involve a fracture, but can be more serious than an open injury due to the possibility of brain swelling and the formation of dangerous blood clots inside the skull. Whether a brain injury is open or closed, the most serious injuries can result in brain damage, paralysis, loss of consciousness or even death.
What makes a traumatic brain injury case unique?
Brain injuries typically results in significant lifestyle changes for the injured victim and family. Physical, cognitive, social and vocational changes are extremely common. Recovery can be a lifelong process of adjustments and accommodations. Moderately to severely injured patients receive rehabilitation that involves individually tailored treatment programs in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, physiatry (physical medicine), psychology/psychiatry, and social support.
Appropriate treatment of a brain injury may be extremely complicated and expensive, involving diagnostic testing, drugs, surgery and rehabilitation. Full treatment, including rehabilitation, may involve a team of medical caregivers, including a neurologist, neurosurgeon, physiatrist, neuropsychiatrist, vocational expert, life-care planner, neuropsychologist, and physical, occupational and speech therapists. Securing proper medical care alone can be a full-time pursuit for an injured individual or family members.
What to expect from a traumatic brain injury lawsuit?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic brain injury. According to one study, about 40% of those hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury had at least one unmet need for services one year after their injury. Families of a TBI victim constantly shoulder the burden of providing adequate care and resources for the injured person.
If the traumatic brain injury was the result of another's negligence, that person or entity may be liable for the resulting expenses. Typically a TBI requires expensive accommodations over a long-term period. Other expenses which arise include future medical expenses, often coupled with a loss of income if the victim was previously employed. Frequently other family members lose time away from work as well. The injured victim may seek compensation from the liable party for all of these expenses. Read more about Damages.
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If you, or a loved one, have experienced a brain injury as the result of an accident, you should seek medical and legal assistance as soon as possible. To protect the rights of the injured individual, including the financial security necessary for appropriate care, an experienced lawyer familiar with the needs of the brain injury victim is critical. We understand that each brain injury is as unique as each client. We approach each brain injury case from a fresh perspective and learn the detailed facts. Our ability to give the highest level of personal attention to each client is essential to our success. We make it a point to answer all the questions of our clients, and we address each concern in a professional and compassionate manner. Contact a lawyer at our office today and schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
How We Helped a Family Win a Traumatic Brain Injury Case
Minor Snowboarding Recklessly Collides With Stationary Skier
C.D. and others in her family were standing in open sight on the Sugar N’ Spice trail, at the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. Along that trail, uphill from the site of this accident, there were numerous “slow” signs and “slow ski/slide zone” signs advising skiers and riders to proceed slowly along that run.