A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can permanently affect a victim’s life. Depending on the nature of the accident and the severity of the injury, a TBI may be mild, moderate, or severe.
The classification of a TBI will determine a patient’s symptoms and recovery prognosis. Below, our Kansas City and Topeka personal injury attorneys discuss the common causes of and treatments for TBIs.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A TBI may occur after the head experiences blunt force trauma. It may also result from severe infections or oxygen deprivation.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. A TBI is generally considered mild when the victim experiences the following:
- A loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or loss of balance
Most of the time, medical professionals will recommend that mild TBI victims get adequate rest and do not return to physical activity for a few weeks. After this time, most mild TBIs will resolve and the victim will not experience any more symptoms.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that TBIs involve the most complex system in the human body. As such, it’s impossible to entirely predict what a TBI victim will experience, and some mild TBI victims continue to experience symptoms for decades.
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
A TBI is generally considered moderate to severe when the victim experiences the following:
- A loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours
- Persistent headaches
- Repeated nausea and vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- An inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
The treatment options for a moderate to severe TBI are more complicated. It is rare for moderate to severe TBI victims to recover from their injury completely. Various treatments can, however, significantly improve victims’ prognoses.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
TBIs may occur in any situation in which the head experiences blunt force trauma. When the head experiences sudden acceleration or deceleration, such as in a car accident, the head moves one way or another while the brain stays in place. When the brain eventually does catch up to this sudden movement, it may bounce against the inside of the skull, resulting in bruising, bleeding, and an injury.
Common situations where this happens include, but are not limited to, the following:
TBIs may also result from severe infections or oxygen deprivation. The brain, as the most vital system in the body, requires a constant supply of oxygen. When the brain experiences hypoxia (a lack of oxygen to the brain) or anoxia (no oxygen to the brain), the cells in the brain begin to die and normal brain functions begin to cease. This can result in permanent brain damage or the death of the victim.
Common situations where such oxygen deprivation may occur include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Medical malpractice
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Choking or suffocation
Can You Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The recovery prognosis for a TBI varies greatly from victim to victim. There are several factors that influence a patient’s recovery, including the following:
- The severity of the injury
- The victim’s access to high-quality medical care
- The victim’s support system including family and friends
- The victim’s attitude toward their recovery
The most critical of the aforementioned factors is a victim’s access to high-quality medical care. This care, however, can cost victims and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Since many TBIs result from accidents caused by negligence, it’s not right for TBI victims and their families to have to foot the bill for these sudden expenses when a negligent party was responsible.
Recovering Damages for a Traumatic Brain Injury
TBI victims can expect to face monumental costs in medical bills, lost wages, and more after their accident.
If you or a loved one is in this situation, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury who can help you recover compensation for the following damages:
- Past and future medical and hospital expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury? We’re Here to Help
If you or someone you love has experienced a TBI due to another’s recklessness, our Kansas City and Topeka personal injury attorneys are here to help.
At DiPasquale Moore, we’re passionate about helping TBI victims and their families recover the compensation they deserve after a devastating accident. We understand the sensitive nature of TBIs and that these injuries can manifest differently in different people. Therefore, we know it is important to consider the ways that any person can be affected and recover the compensation these individuals require to take care of their needs for years to come.
Our attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no downside to pursuing a TBI claim with us. We do not collect any fee unless we secure a settlement or verdict for you, so you can rest assured knowing that our team will do everything we can to help you recover the maximum possible compensation.