Traumatic brain injury or TBI for short, is defined as an injury to the head that occurs when an external force such as a hard blow results in trauma to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can range from being minor annoyances to serious and life-changing. A serious brain injury can dramatically affect the life of the victim and their family.
A TBI victim may need to readjust many areas of his or her life. The injured individual may be unable to continue living the way he/she did before the injury took place. Additionally, the personality, physical abilities and mental state of the victim may become very different after a brain injury.
If you or someone you know has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible as you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Lost income
- Pain & suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
Traumatic brain injuries can range in severity from mild to severe. Many of these injuries are moderate wherein the victim’s life is suddenly changes and they don’t know why. Both the victim and their family is often confused, frightened and looking for help.
It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control that in the US alone, there are approximately 5.3 million individuals currently living with traumatic brain injuries. Each year in this country, approximately 2 million people suffer brain injuries of varying degrees of severity. From these injuries, many people suffer long-term disability.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by many things including:
- Automobile accidents including bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Falls from heights (including falls from ski lifts)
- Physical assaults
- Workplace accidents
- Fires – wherein a lack of oxygen causes brain injury
- Airplane accident
- Sight-seeing trolley, boat and bus accidents
- Ferry accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Cruise Ship Accidents
Essentially, any type of hard blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury.
Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The effects of a traumatic brain injury can be wide ranging and dependent upon a number of factors such as type, location and severity of the injury. A traumatic brain injury may affect the person’s memory or how he or she thinks or learns. Because different mental abilities are located in different parts of the brain, an injury to the brain can affect some but not necessarily all skills including memory, understanding, concentration, problem-solving and speech. It is common for traumatic brain injuries to cause headaches, seizures, irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety and a lack of coordination. Many people with brain injuries are treated for clinical depression due to the trauma and anxiety they’ve experienced.
Legal Assistance from Attorneys Who Care
The personal injury attorneys at Hogan Injury focus all their time and financial resources on cases involving serious personal injuries including traumatic brain injuries. We will take the time to get to know the brain injured victim and the family so we’re able to effectively explain what life was like before the injury and how the injury has affected the life of the victim and that of his or her family.
We understand how the brain injury has caused upset and disruption in your life. Often it is necessary in a head injury claim to do legal battle with a large insurance company. With Hogan Injury on your side, you stand a much better chance of receiving a positive outcome which is a fair and just settlement amount. You don’t pay us anything unless you win your case. This means you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by hiring Hogan Injury to help you settle your traumatic brain injury claim.