Nearly 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. What many people don't know is that symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not be evident for weeks or even months following the initial trauma.
Traumatic brain injury – or TBI – is a form of acquired brain injury that occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can occur when the head violently hits an object. TBI can also occur when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Approximately 50% of severely head-injured patients will need surgery to remove or repair hematomas (i.e., ruptured blood vessels) or devitalized brain cortex (damaged brain tissue). TBI often occurs in car crashes, but TBIs also commonly occur in industrial site accidents, construction site accidents, or consumer product failures.
TBI can cause life-long disabilities. The nature and extent of disability following a traumatic brain injury typically depends upon the severity of the injury, the location of the injury, and the age of the injured person. Common disabilities after TBI include some, or all, of the following problems:
- Cognitive Deficits (i.e., problems with thinking, memory, and reasoning);
- Sensory Processing Deficits (i.e., problems with sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell);
- Communication Deficits (i.e., problems with expression and understanding); and
- Behavior or Mental Health Deficits (i.e., problems with depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness).
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important to find a plaintiff law firm that has experience dealing with brain injury cases. Brain injuries are unique injuries. Similarly, brain injury lawsuits are unique cases. A plaintiff lawyer who has experience handling traumatic brain injury cases will be able to help you navigate the legal process and increase your chances of obtaining full and fair compensation.
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