In recent years, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have been in the news and courts a lot. Though we usually hear of them TBI and NFL players, boxers or soldiers, the truth a personal injury attorney will share is that anyone can suffer a traumatic brain injury at any time. Even a simple fall can cause lifelong difficulty from a TBI.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly two million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury every single year. The personal injury attorneys from the Action Legal Group have information that estimates that costs (both direct and indirect) of TBI are around $60 billion a year. These costs can include anything from lost work, medical bills or ongoing rehabilitation post injury.
Research has shown that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States. The number of visits to emergency rooms and hospitals due to TBI are increasing. Whether this is due to a rise in the understanding of the injuries themselves or there’s a larger number of falls and resulting injuries has yet to be determined. Sometimes these falls happen due to someone’s negligence, distraction or even a product failure.
Just behind falls, motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S. No matter whether you are a passenger or a driver, even a minor accident (what many would call a fender bender) can result in a brain injury. It is important to get to a doctor and have this checked and then speak to an attorney, no matter how minor your accident may have been.
Though many injuries are diagnosed quickly, and patients are sent home for a full recovery, the attorneys from the Action Legal Group have found that traumatic brain injuries can be serious enough to have lifelong ramifications. Because the brain is central to every system in the body, a TBI can affect muscle movement, speech, memory and even behavioral changes. These are only the physical possibilities. Survivors of traumatic brain injuries can often deal with depression or anxiety as well as other emotional and mental side effects. They can, on occasion require costly long term rehabilitation and ongoing medical care and attention.
Potential Complications of TBI Encountered by Attorneys of the Action Legal Group
- Altered consciousness (including coma, vegetative state, etc.)
- Fluid buildup
- Nerve damage
- Cognitive Issues
- Difficulty communicating
- Behavioral changes
- Emotional shifts
Even the most ‘minor’ or simple traumatic brain injuries need close monitoring and longer term follow up. Some of the treatments that might be used in TBI rehab include things like memory exercises, medication, or even psychotherapy might be required to regain a regular lifestyle. The TBI attorneys from our team have found that a key part of this process also needs to be the inclusion of family, friends, and loved ones into the ongoing care. Having their support and encouragement is an essential factor to full recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of cause of death and disability in children and adolescents in the United States.
If a child is involved the factors involved with a potential TBI can increase exponentially. With brains that are still developing, a traumatic brain injury in a child can have far more severe consequences. Younger children, unable to properly communicate their symptoms, run an especially high risk of long-term effects.
TBI Symptoms Found in Children
- Persistent crying
- Unable to be comforted
- Grasping at their head
- Change in eating (or nursing) schedule and habits
- Unusual irritability
- Changes in behavior
- Sadness or depression
- Loss of interest in favorite toys or activities
If you suspect that your child (or a child in your care) may have a Traumatic Brain Injury, contact a doctor immediately and do not hesitate to talk to a personal injury attorney.
The attorneys of the Action Legal Group understand that the factors involved in a traumatic brain injury can be overwhelming at best. If the TBI occurred due to someone else’s negligence, a motor vehicle accident (motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian) or even a product failure, that adds an entirely new set of challenges. You or your family might be dealing with investigations, reports, insurance companies and perhaps even court costs. Do not shortchange your family by choosing not to hire a traumatic brain injury attorney. This is the time you need the best representation. You need someone who will care for your family the same way you would. Let our experience, compassion, and extensive resources go to work for you. Contact Action Legal Group today for a free consultation about your case.