Head & Brain Injuries
TA blow or jolt to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can disrupt the function of the brain
Concussions, also called “closed head injuries” are a type of TBI. Because the brain is complex, every brain injury is different. Some symptoms may appear right away. Other symptoms may not show up for days or weeks. Sometimes the injury makes it hard for people to recognize or to admit that they are having problems. The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle. Early on, problems may be missed by patients, family members, and doctors. People may look fine even though they may act or feel differently
If you or a loved one has suffered any type of head injury due to an accident, seek medical advice immediately and call our office for a FREE Consultation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries—also referred to as “TBI”—affect 2.8 million Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These unfortunate injuries account for one-third of all injury-related fatalities in the United States each year. TBI’s present a myriad of issues including mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, and financial stress. If you or a loved one has sustained a head or brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, read on for a bit of helpful information.
What are the symptoms of TBI?
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to crowds
- Light Sensitivity
TBI victims may experience symptoms that change over time, adding to the frustration and stress caused by their accident. Oftentimes, loved ones will notice subtle modifications in a family member’s personality, so dialoguing with the injured individual is important. It’s suggested that you periodically check in with a friend or loved one who sustained a TBI, as they may be unaware of their ever-evolving condition and consequent side-effects.
Motorcycle, car and truck accidents that result in a TBI often involve a defendant who didn’t responsibly operate their vehicle. Statistics from the CDC show that motorcycle accidents are actually the top cause of hospitalizations for TBI injuries within the 15-44 year-old age group.
If an employee sustains a TBI while at work, they may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. This would be referred to as an “at-work incident”. Things happen in life, and there is no one-size-fits-all list of accidents that may lead to TBI. Speaking to a reliable attorney about your accident’s specifics will help determine the best route for your case.
To be clear, the injury must be a result of trauma due to someone else’s negligence. Attorneys representing clients in TBI cases need to confirm that certain criteria are in place in order to move forward. A few examples include:
- Causation: The defendant’s negligence must have directly caused the injury.
- Breach of Duty: An entity or person can be negligent due to breaching their “duty of care”. One example would be a grocery store leaving their floor wet during business hours, causing someone to slip and fall.
- Damages: In order to proceed with a claim, financial and non-financial damages due to the accident must be proven.
- Duty of Care: We all have a legal duty to conduct ourselves responsibly and not cause others any harm. When entities or individuals fail to meet this legal obligation, they can be liable for injuring others as a result. An example would be someone having a stack of cartons fall in a store, resulting in a head injury while they were shopping. (The cartons should have been safely secured by the business.)
TBI victims are often eligible for compensation for both non-economic and economic damages. You may be eligible for medical bill reimbursement, including physical therapy sessions, hospitalization, doctor’s visits, and more. In many cases, victims can also pursue compensation for lost wages due to their TBI, including any modifications to future earning capacity as a result of the injury. TBI victims may even be able to seek financial compensation for pain and suffering, loss of life’s enjoyment, and wrongful death.
Our experienced attorneys at Jacobs & Jacobs are available to answer all of your TBI questions and we can handle negotiations with the insurance companies, allowing you to focus completely on getting well.
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