Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Causes, Symptoms, and Legal Action

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Explore the causes and symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and learn about your legal options with The Dressie Law Firm. Get guidance on navigating TBI claims and seeking justice.

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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when you suffer a blow, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head. Falls, car accidents, and contact sports are the most common causes of TBI. If you’ve suffered a brain injury resulting from another person’s negligence, you can pursue a brain injury claim to recover compensation.

Understanding the implications of TBI from medical and legal perspectives is critical to getting fair compensation. A lawyer can assist you in recouping medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. You can also claim compensation for pain and suffering.

Dressie Law Firm has experience protecting the legal rights of personal injury victims across Georgia. Our attorneys can provide professional advice and legal representation throughout the claims process to ensure you get the best possible outcome. Contact our brain injury attorneys to learn how we can help with your case.

    What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

    traumatic brain injury is any brain injury caused by a head trauma. Such injuries can cause brain dysfunction, loss of consciousness, temporary memory loss, or permanent brain damage. Depending on the leading cause, victims may suffer mild, moderate, or severe TBI.

    Examples of mild brain injury include concussions that heal with time. Moderate and more severe injuries include hematomas, contusions, and skull fractures. Severe traumatic brain injury can result in cognitive impairment, neurological disorders, and other serious issues.

    Causes of TBI

    Any head impact that disrupts normal brain function can lead to TBI. Falls and assault are the most common causes of TBI, with falls responsible for almost half the cases that require hospitalization.

    TBIs are also common car accident injuries. Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles are major causes of severe traumatic brain injuries. Other TBI causes include gunshot wounds and impact by heavy machinery or blasts/explosions.

    Symptoms of TBI

    Physical TBI symptoms include pain, brain swelling, hematomas (bleeding and blood clots), and contusions (bruising and swelling). Some patients may suffer diffuse axonal injury (tearing of the brain’s long nerve fibers) and develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (a collection of brain diseases). Head injuries can interfere with your sleep patterns, cause cognitive difficulties, or even lead to blurred vision.

    About 80% of head injuries are mild. A mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), like a temporary concussion, is a closed head injury that heals within days or months. Moderate to severe injuries often lead to permanent brain damage and loss of brain function, a condition called brain death.

    If you have sustained TBI after a car accident, a fall, or another unfortunate accident, consult a brain injury attorney as soon as possible. If your injury is caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

    When to Consider Legal Action

    Many cases of serious TBI are caused by another person’s negligence. This can be a property owner, general contractor, driver, or equipment manufacturer. If you suffer a traumatic brain injury caused by someone else negligence, you can sue for damages.

    Like most personal injury lawsuits, TBI claims are subject to a statute of limitations. Timely legal action can help preserve your right to compensation. The other party’s insurance company may also have claims filing deadlines. Your attorney can help you prepare and file your claim on time.

    Seeking Compensation for TBI

    Severe TBI patients can seek compensation for various economic and noneconomic damages. Economic claims include medical bills, such as surgery, medication, ER, and physical therapy. You can also claim compensation for lost income and damaged property.

    Noneconomic claims include emotional distress and pain and suffering. Brain tissue injuries can also result in loss of emotional and sexual functioning for which the victim’s spouse can seek loss of consortium damages. Our Atlanta brain injury attorney can assist you in claiming a fair settlement for all immediate and future damages caused by the TBI.

    Navigating the Legal Process

    Whether you suffer mild, moderate, or severe TBI, you can claim all damages resulting from the traumatic event. The process of traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims typically involves several steps. Here’s a general overview:

    1. Consulting an Attorney: The first step is to consult with a personal injury attorney with experience handling TBI cases. During this consultation, the attorney will review the details of your case, including how the injury occurred, the extent of your injuries, and any relevant medical records or documentation.
    2. Investigation and Gathering Evidence: Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your TBI. This may involve gathering evidence such as accident reports, medical records, witness statements, and expert testimony to establish liability and damages.
    3. Evaluation of Damages: Your attorney will assess the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and long-term rehabilitation or care needs. This evaluation helps determine the appropriate amount of compensation to seek in your claim.
    4. Negotiations with Insurance Companies: In many cases, your attorney will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. This may involve sending a demand letter outlining your damages and negotiating a settlement amount that adequately compensates you for your losses.
    5. Filing a Lawsuit (If Necessary): If negotiations with the insurance company fail to result in a fair settlement, your attorney may advise you to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. This involves initiating legal proceedings in court and formally alleging negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the defendant.

     

    Contact Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Dressie Law Firm

    A traumatic brain injury can result in costly medical expenses, inability to work, and emotional trauma. Even a slight knock can impair your eating or nursing habits. In more severe cases, a penetrating TBI can lead to permanent brain damage or death.

    Understanding your rights in head injury cases can help you get fair compensation. Attorneys at the Dressie Law Firm can protect your rights through the legal and recovery process. Contact us today for a free consultation and legal representation in your case.

    FAQs 

    Can I File a Lawsuit for Mild TBI?

    Yes. Any brain injury can impact the quality of life you live. Some injuries may have delayed effects that take a few weeks or months to show up. You can claim medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.

    What Is the Statute of Limitation for TBI Lawsuits?

    The general statute of limitation for personal injury claims like TBI is two years, except in a few cases. As such, injured victims should file their cases as early as possible.

    How Much Can I Claim in a TBI Settlement?

    Traumatic brain injuries from motor vehicle crashes or other events can result in serious life-altering consequences. Settlement depends on these damages, which can add up to tens of millions of dollars.

    The Dressie Law Firm Can Help You

    If you or a loved one is a victim of a reckless or negligent driver, we want you to know that the law is on your side and so is the Dressie Law Firm.

    Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!