Is a TBI a Catastrophic Injury?


a woman in silhouette looking out of the windowThe brain is the most complex system in our bodies. As such, any injury involving it can have severe consequences on our health and independence.

Our Mobile personal injury attorneys discuss whether traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be considered catastrophic injuries.

The Consequences of a TBI

TBIs are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. This classification varies depending on the nature and severity of the victim’s accident and injury.

While a mild TBI may resolve on its own in days to weeks, a severe TBI often lasts throughout the remainder of a victim’s life.

As such, many moderate to severe TBIs are considered catastrophic injuries because of their potential to inhibit the victim’s health and daily life. For example, many severe TBI victims can no longer live independently or earn an income. This alone is enough to classify a TBI as “catastrophic,” since it prevents the victim from returning to their pre-injury life.

How TBIs Happen

A TBI can happen in any situation where the head experiences sudden acceleration or deceleration and the brain is slow to catch up. When the brain does eventually catch up to this sudden movement, it often bounces against the inside of the skull, resulting in an injury.

Common situations in which TBIs happen include the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Attacks or assaults
  • Sports accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents

Suffering from a TBI? We’re Here to Help

At Cunningham Bounds, we understand the devastating consequences that a TBI can have for a victim. As such, we’re committed to providing TBI victims with the aggressive, experienced representation needed to recover the compensation they deserve.

We encourage you to contact us today at (844) 417-0930 to learn how we may assist you.

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