According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health concern that results in death and disability for thousands every year.
From 2006 to 2014, the number of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53%. In 2014, there were approximately 2.87 million TBI emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States.
What Is a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury or TBI is a head injury that is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head and disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all head injury cases result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (a brief change in mental status or loss of consciousness) to “severe” (an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury). Most TBIs that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions.
Common causes of TBIs include falls, motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, head trauma from sports, skull fractures, motorcycle accidents, closed head injuries, and explosive blasts or other combat injuries.
What Should You Do if You’ve Suffered From a TBI?
If you or a loved one has suffered from a TBI, you should seek immediate medical attention. Currently, not much can be done to reverse the brain damage that is caused by the initial trauma. However, with proper medical care, an injured person can be stabilized, brain function can be maintained, and further injury to the brain tissue can be prevented.
A medical professional will ensure oxygen is reaching the brain, monitor and manage blood pressure, remove blood clots, and conduct diagnostic tests to assess the severity of the injury.
Once the person who suffered the TBI has been treated, you should consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney who has experience working with TBI victims.
Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
In the American legal system, a plaintiff in a personal injury case can recover compensation if he or she proves that he or she was injured and that the injury was caused by the defendant. Unfortunately, in serious brain injury cases, proving the existence and scope of the brain damage isn’t always straightforward.
Some types of brain injuries are not visible. The technology that shows damage to a brain is not easily interpreted by people who do not work in the medical field. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and experienced a head trauma, it’s important to speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney who can advise you about the best course of action.
Once you retain a lawyer, you will be protected by the attorney-client relationship. Your lawyer will represent you in all communications with the insurance company or the party responsible for your injury. He or she will make sure that you do not say anything that hurts your injury claim. In addition, your attorney will evaluate your case and determine a fair settlement amount based on your medical bills, lost wages, reduced quality of life, and other factors. If the insurance company or at-fault party refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement offer, your lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf so that you can recover compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Did you or one of your family members suffer a TBI because of the fault of another party? If so, you should speak with experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys who can advise you about your case.
If you’d like to speak to the personal injury attorneys at Anthem Injury Lawyers, contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to set up a free consultation. Our law firm is located in Henderson, but we work with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley.