According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury covers many different types of injuries to the head and brain, and can be mild in nature, or cause death. If you experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else's negligence, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. If your loved one died as a result of their traumatic brain injuries caused by another person's recklessness or negligence, you may have the right to bring a wrongful death claim to receive justice on their behalf. If you or your family member suffered a traumatic brain injury after an accident, contact our compassionate and experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500 today for a free consultation to discuss all of your legal options and understand your legal rights.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur
Traumatic brain injuries may occur as a result of a car accident, trucking accident, boating accident, ATV accident, scooter accident, ridesharing accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident (premises liability law), nursing home neglect or abuse, bicycle accidents, dog bite accidents, manufacturing defects and more. Any time another person (or entity's) negligence, carelessness, or recklessness directly results in an accident that causes a traumatic brain injury, the victim may have the legal right to pursue compensation for their injuries and losses from the negligent party. Many of these types of accidents involve different areas of the law, and therefore visiting with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer can help you better understand all of your legal options and rights.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury, oftentimes abbreviated as TBI, actually describes many different types of injuries suffered by the brain after a traumatic impact to the head. Some of the more common examples of traumatic brain injuries following an accident may include:
Concussions can range from mild to serious. In some cases, a concussion causes some pain and resolves itself within a few days. However, in other cases, a concussion can result in a loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting and serious head pain. All head injuries should receive a proper medical evaluation. Some concussions may appear minor, but actually include bleeding in the brain and need immediate medical attention.
A contusion occurs when the brain is actually bruised following a traumatic blow or impact. When the brain impacts the skull it can bruise and cause not only pain but serious damage.
Diffuse Axonal Injuries
When the head is thrown back and forth sharply, the brain inside of the head can also be thrown violently back and forth inside the skull. As a result, the victim may suffer from diffuse axonal injuries that stretch nerve cells and cause severe damage.
Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
In certain instances of severe brain injuries or a traumatic impact, the brain may actually have bleeding around it, which can result in serious medical complications or even death.
A hematoma is a blood clot. In cases of traumatic brain injuries, blot clots may form after a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. If a blood clot occurs on the brain, it is considered a hematoma.
Multiple Traumatic Brain Injuries
In many cases, a victim of a serious accident will suffer many of these different types of traumatic brain injuries at once.
Learning the Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The National Institue of Neurological Disorders and Stroke indicate that there are several different signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries following an accident or violent blow to the head. Every victim will have a different experience, but some of the more common signs and symptoms include the following:
- Confusion, mental fogginess, or disorientation
- Loss of consciousness (briefly or for a long period of time)
- Challenges with thinking or cognitive function
- Dilated pupils
- Changes in emotional behaviors
- Changes in a person's psychological or mental state
If you or a loved one experienced any kind of accident that impacted the head in any way, you should seek immediate medical evaluation. If you have not already done so, seek the advice of a medical professional regarding your possible traumatic brain injury. If you have already seen a medical professional regarding your brain injury, remember to always follow the treatment plan provided. If you feel that any of your symptoms worsen, or you develop new symptoms after visiting a medical professional for your traumatic brain injury, make sure to revisit your healthcare provider or go to an emergency room as soon as possible. The medical bills associated with traumatic brain injuries are often astronomical, and victims typically have pain and suffering. Learn more about your legal right to pursue compensation for your traumatic brain injury by contacting a traumatic brain injury lawyer at Labrum Law Firm today.
Traumatic Brain Injury Treatments
Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe, which results in a variety of different types of medical treatments for these types of serious injuries. In some cases, if a traumatic brain injury appears to be mild, a doctor may simply suggest some over-the-counter pain medications and rest. If the traumatic brain injury proves to be more dangerous or severe, a victim may need diagnostic testing. Depending on the results of this diagnostic testing a victim may need surgery, hospitalization, or even a craniotomy to repair skull or brain damage. Some victims must stay extended periods of time in the hospital and receive oxygen and consistent monitoring. Even after acute life-saving treatments, some victims of traumatic brain injuries must endure physical, speech, cognitive and occupational therapies.
Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Tennessee Today
If you experienced any kind of accident resulting from someone else's negligence, you may have the ability to receive justice as well as compensation for your injuries and losses. Consider visiting with our experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers today at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500. Our compassionate attorneys can help you better understand all of your legal rights and how you can receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and even your pain and suffering.