Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often life-altering. A severe TBI can cause death. Victims often suffer a combination of physical pain, loss of cognitive skills, and emotional suffering. Many victims require treatment by multiple doctors for months, for years, and, possibly, for life.
At the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, our experienced legal team works to hold those who caused your TBI accountable for your pain and suffering, lost income, and medical expenses including surgeries, treatments, and therapies. In many cases, we are able to settle personal injury claims. When necessary, we’re ready to try your case before a jury.
How do traumatic brain injuries occur?
TBIs result from a forceful blow to the head which often causes the brain to shake around in the skull. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 150 people die every day from a TBI. Some of the many causes of a TBI injuries include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slips and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Accidents due to defective products
- Recreational and sports accidents
Responsible parties may include:
- Drivers and vehicle owners
- Construction site owners
- The manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of defective products
- Property owners
- Anyone who physically struck a TBI victim
- Multiple people and businesses, depending on how the accident occurred.
What are the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?
Victims of a TBI initially suffer a concussion. Some victims may even lapse into a coma.
TBIs are generally categorized as severe, moderate, or mild. Some victims may not even know they’re suffering from a TBI for days or weeks – until a family member or friend questions their health. According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs of a TBI include:
- Changes in mood
- Unusual sleep patterns
- Difficulty keeping your balance
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of memory
- Sensitivity to light
- Slurred Speech
The best course of action after any accident is to seek medical help immediately at a local hospital, emergency room, or your family doctor’s office.
What are the possible complications of a TBI?
Physical complications of a TBI may include the following:
- Fluid buildup in the brain
- Damage to blood vessels
Cranial nerve damage can cause paralysis of facial muscles, loss of smell or taste, difficulty swallowing, and many other complications.
Victims may also develop cognitive problems such as difficulties with learning, reasoning, judgment, memory, and concentration. They may find it hard to solve problems, multitask, plan, as well as start and complete tasks. Communication problems can include difficulty speaking or writing, difficulty following a conversation, an inability to express emotions, an trouble speaking due to muscle dysfunction, and other problems.
TBI victims may also lack awareness, self-control, emotional stability (mood swings), and empathy for others. They may develop sensory problems and insomnia, as well.
What types of physicians and health care providers treat TBI victims?
Doctors usually use a 15-point scale, called a Glasgow Coma scale, which measures victim responses to determine the severity of a TBI. Physicians may also conduct CT and MRI scans.
The treatments depend on the severity of the TBI.
- Medications include anti-seizure drugs, diuretics, and, in some cases, coma-inducing drugs because comatose brains need less oxygen.
- Surgeries include removing blood clots, repairing fractures, surgeries to stop bleeding in the brain, and opening a window in the skull.
Patients often need extensive therapies of various types including:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Treatment with a neuropsychologist
- Work with social workers
- Rehabilitative nursing care
- Recreational therapy
- Other types of therapy
Victims of more severe TBIs often need a lifetime of care. Complications may develop during their lifetime. Even when victims are able to return to work, their quality of life is often never the same as before the accident. In addition, many family members have a difficult time helping a loved one who has a TBI.
At the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we will work with your neurosurgeons, neurologists, and other healthcare providers to full assess your medical treatment needs and likely difficulties.
Talk to a strong catastrophic injury accident lawyer today
At the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we file wrongful death claims on behalf of anyone who dies due to a TBI and personal injury claims on behalf of anyone who suffers due to a TBI caused by another persons’ negligence. To speak with an experienced trial lawyer, call us at: (717) 537-0928 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment. We handle traumatic brain injury cases on a contingency fee basis.
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