Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cases is a complex injury, which can have a devastating impact on a person and his or her family. If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI you may have a legal right to recover damages for your injury.
All injuries to the brain are unique. A light blow to the head may give one person a headache for an hour or two while the same blow could cause irreparable damage to another person. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention for any type of injury that occurs to the head.
Types of Brain Injury
There are several different types of head injuries. If the trauma results in damage to the skull itself, such as a crack or break, the trauma is considered a penetrating head injury.
More difficult to diagnose are closed head injuries, where the skull is not obviously damaged but the brain is still injured. This can occur from a blow or impact, or from severe back-and-forth shaking, such as whiplash.
The brain is a very complex and delicate organ. Scientists have yet to discover all of the functions of the brain and its capabilities. However, they do know that the brain can be injured very easily and the damage can last a lifetime. If that occurs, it’s important to know how to treat a brain injury.
The brain may also be injured from being shaken. This can occur in an accident when a severe jolt is felt by the body like when a vehicle is impacted by another. Whiplash to the neck is only one of the injuries that can occur when this happens.
Brain injuries can lead to loss of motor skills, memory, or even loss of bodily functions. It can also cause changes to the personality, with quick-to-anger responses being the most common change. These changes to body functions and personality traits can become permanent if the damage is severe.
When a person suffers from traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may take years of therapy and other treatments for them to recover. In some severe cases recovery may not be possible. Because of this, it is very important that anyone who received a TBI due to the negligence of another person or business seek legal representation.
Signs of Brain Injury
A medical professional should evaluate anyone who has sustained a blow to the head or whiplash-like injuries to determine if the victim has experienced a TBI.
Even if symptoms are so slight that the victim does not realize that a serious injury has occurred, treatment should be sought before further injury can develop. Often the symptoms may be delayed for many hours until swelling in the brain reaches a point that if affects the victim.
Compensation For Brain Injuries
An injured person has the right to seek compensation for a traumatic brain injury. Their life has changed dramatically and they will need specialized care. It is the responsibility of the negligent party to cover these expenses as well as any other losses that the inured party may endure because of this injury.
It is very important for the injured party to seek aggressive legal representation from an attorney who knows and understands the complex issues related to brain injuries.
Depending on the issues surrounding the accident that caused the brain injury, there may be additional types of compensation that the injured party can seek. This may include punitive damages. Only an attorney can determine if the case qualifies for additional compensation.
It is also very important that the injured party seeks legal representation as-soon-as-possible after the accident occurred. The sooner that legal representation is secured the better your rights will be protected.
For more information on brain injuries, you can visit the Brain Injury Association of America.
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