Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when an outside trauma impacts the head or penetrates the skull causing damage to the brain; it is sometimes also called acquired brain injury or, in the vernacular, a head injury. It differs from degenerative and congenital brain problems because it is caused by an external force. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, but every case of TBI is a serious brain injury. TBI can cause temporary or permanent damage to cognitive abilities, physical abilities, behavior, emotional functioning, etc. Some of the common causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports, physical violence, and firearms.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries. Auto accidents, firearms and falls are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. The elderly and young adults have the highest risk for developing a traumatic brain injury. When a traumatic brain injury is caused by another's negligence or recklessness, the brain injury victim or their surviving family (in cases of fatal TBIs) may be able to file a brain injury lawsuit. When successful, traumatic brain injury lawsuits can provide the victim and their family with compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. To find out if you are eligible to participate in a brain injury lawsuit, complete the free case review form on the right.
Brain Injury Symptoms
When a brain injury victim experiences a loss of consciousness or confusion for less than 30 minutes, their head injury is considered mild. Patients with mild brain injuries may exhibit TBI symptoms such as headaches, memory loss, dizziness, irritability, fatigue and visual disturbances. Even patients with mild brain injuries may experience symptoms for a year or more and develop frustrating cognitive problems.
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries cause a wide range of symptoms affecting the senses, perception, cognition, speech and the emotions. Common TBI symptoms in those with moderate to severe head trauma include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slurred speech
- Partial or total loss of vision
- Decrease or loss of hearing
- Sleep disorders
Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, fill out the yellow free case evaluation form on the right. Our brain injury lawyers will evaluate your claim, at no cost to you, to determine whether you can recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other personal injury damages. Our brain injury attorneys have returned successful personal injury settlements and verdicts and are committed to helping those who were injured due to another's negligence.