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Beyond the realm of bruises, lacerations, and broken bones lies a far more frightening type of physical damage: traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be invisible but have the potential to affect the whole of a person’s life.
A traumatic brain injury—also known as an intracranial injury, meaning an injury to the skull—are most frequently caused by rapid acceleration or deceleration or percussive force. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s actions, a Cumberland County traumatic brain injury lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation from the responsible party or parties. Call one of our compassionate catastrophic injury attorneys today to schedule a consultation.
Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Accident
Traumatic brain injuries can occur when an exterior force causes the head or brain to move suddenly and with great force. For instance, a car accident where a vehicle occupant’s head is violently accelerated and/or suddenly stopped could result in a traumatic brain injury.
Other causes of traumatic brain injuries include falls, workplace accidents, and even physical violence. There are many signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury that may present physically or psychologically. These can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- A state of disorientation and/or confusion, as well as dizziness and/or loss of coordination
- Headache, nausea, and/or vomiting
- Feeling tired or exhausted, sometimes accompanied by unusual sleeping patterns
- Difficulties with speech
- Sensory issues such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light or sound, and/or ringing in the ears
- Problems concentrating or recalling details from memory
- Changes in mood, including feelings of anxiety or depression
Depending on the severity of the injury, the severity of the abovementioned symptoms may change. Regardless of whether any of the aforementioned symptoms are present, it is always important for you or anyone who suffers a traumatic brain injury to seek immediate medical attention.
Filing Suit for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Depending on the circumstances through which a traumatic brain injury occurs, the underlying legal claim used to recover compensation will vary. When an accident causes a traumatic brain injury, the most common legal theory underlying compensation is negligence.
When a party fails to exercise an appropriate level of care and an injury occurs as a result of the party’s act or omission, they could be considered legally negligent in a civil lawsuit. Negligence is the underlying cause of most automobile accidents, workplace accidents, and slip-and-fall accidents.
When building a claim for negligence, you must show that (1) the defendant had a duty to others to exercise reasonable care, (2) the defendant breached that action through their act or omission, (3) you suffered an injury as a result of the act or omission, and (4) your injuries were a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the act or omission.
Recoverable Damages for Catastrophic Injuries
Damages that may be recovered through a negligence claim for a traumatic brain injury can include those for:
- Emergency medical services such as ambulance services, emergency room, and trauma care
- Medical bills for doctor visits, hospital stays, follow-up appointments, and specialist care
- Rehabilitative care and/or physical therapy
- Long-term support services
- Wages lost during recovery from the injury
- Earning potential diminished because of the injury
- Damages from emotional trauma and pain and suffering
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, a seasoned Cumberland County traumatic brain injury lawyer could counsel you on your rights and help you understand the next steps in working to pursue compensation for you or your loved one’s injuries. A traumatic brain injury can be a life-changing experience, so call today and let a dedicated local attorney start working to ease the burden and help pursue the compensation you deserve.