A traumatic brain injury is one of the most devastating injuries that can occur in a person’s life. Brain injuries are debilitating and more often than not have lifelong consequences. Even mild injuries involving the brain can induce severe symptoms and alter a person’s life in noticeable ways.
Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries include headaches, brief loss of consciousness, mood disturbances, and difficulty concentrating. Most people find they have a difficult time remembering things and thinking clearly following a mild traumatic brain injury. Most recover within a short period of time, though there is debate over whether there are and how severe the long-term consequences for mild brain injuries.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
There is no doubt that severe traumatic brain injuries cause serious long-term consequences. A severe traumatic brain injury is associated with a prolonged loss of consciousness of more than 30 minutes. Depending on the part of the brain affected, people often experience issues with thinking, speaking, and self-care once they regain consciousness. The injury can also affect a person’s gross motor skills, and many people have a difficult time walking following a severe brain injury. Many people who suffer severe traumatic brain injuries suffer permanent personality changes and no longer have a healthy ability to control their emotions.
Immediate medical care is essential, regardless of the severity of a traumatic brain injury. Injuries that affect the head can cause brain swelling or pressure from fluid build-up. If not treated early, these issues can cause further damage. It’s possible for doctors to release the pressure caused by swelling and prevent further damage from occurring, but immediate medical attention is essential.
Traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by impact injuries. This can include car crashes, collisions between two or more people (which often occurs in contact sports), slip and fall accidents, medical negligence, and a variety of other incidents. In many cases, the incident that caused the brain injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence.
Unfortunately, treatment for severe brain injuries is expensive. Long periods of hospitalization are often needed, and patients must participate in rehabilitation programs and receive ongoing care. Sometimes treatment is aimed at restoring brain function and helping someone return to as normal a life as possible after their injury, while other times care is needed just to help someone maintain a decent quality of life.
There is also evidence that as many as 20 percent of people who suffer a traumatic brain injury require an additional hospital stay during the one to three year period following their initial injury. The cause of re-hospitalization might be due to a need to treat nervous system disorders, mental illness, seizures, or infections. Someone who suffers a traumatic brain injury might also elect to have additional medical care, such as reconstructive surgery.
Filing a Legal Claim for a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, you might be entitled to legal compensation. Any time an injury is caused because of the negligence of another person, a legal claim might be an option. This is especially true if a traumatic brain injury was caused by medical negligence or the negligence or failure to provide reasonable care by a property owner.
It’s essential you take prompt action for yourself or on behalf of a loved one. The compensation you are eligible to receive is governed by statutes that limit the amount of time you have to seek justice. It’s also important that those involved in reviewing your case have easy access to your medical records and information about the incident that led to your traumatic brain injury. The longer you wait the more difficult it is for an attorney to build a strong case in your favor.
Our goal is to help people understand the severity of traumatic brain injuries. Even a minor incident can cause serious long-term consequences for your brain health and it’s important you seek proper medical attention following any head injury. We’d also like people to know they do not need to handle their recovery alone. If another person is responsible for your traumatic brain injury, you could be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, and short- and long-term medical care.