Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are among the most catastrophic types of injuries victims can suffer in vehicle collisions and other accidents. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, understanding the causes, prognosis, and long-term treatment for TBI can be crucial not only for protecting your health, but also for preserving your right to financial compensation.
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we regularly represent victims of traumatic brain injuries in Palm Beach County. This article provides a brief overview of some of the key information TBI victims need to know in order to make sure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The first and most obvious question is: What exactly is a traumatic brain injury? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define a traumatic brain injury as any injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild (having only short-term effects) to severe (often resulting in an extended period of unconsciousness, prolonged memory loss, and other long-term consequences).
Some of the most common types of TBI include the following:
- Contusions (bleeding in the brain)
- Diffuse Anoxal Brain Injury
- Penetrating Brain Injury
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
By definition, traumatic brain injuries result from traumatic events – impacts to the body that are so severe that they either directly or indirectly impact the brain. What many people do not realize is that it is possible to suffer a traumatic brain injury even if you do not hit your head. The violent forces involved in car crashes and other accidents can shake the brain or cause it to impact against the skull, in both cases potentially resulting in TBI. This is one of the reasons why it is so critical to seek medical attention after an accident, even if you don’t initially think anything is wrong.
Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
Prognosis and Treatment for TBI
The prognosis for TBI will depend on the specific type of injury and the extent of the damage resulting from the accident. Individuals who suffer mild brain injuries are often able to make a full recovery after a few weeks or months. On the other hand, victims of severe brain injuries may never be able to return to their normal lives.
In any case, the medical costs resulting from a traumatic brain injury can be substantial. When you add in lost income due to time missed from work, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and the other losses that are common following a TBI, victims often suffer far greater losses than they ever thought possible. If someone else is to blame for your traumatic brain injury, it is important to stand up for your legal rights.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers | We Demand More ® for TBI Victims in Palm Beach County
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experience in accident cases involving TBI. We can help you understand the financial impact of your injury; and, if someone else is to blame, we will fight for the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call me, Brian D. Guralnick, at (561) 202-6673 or send me a message online today.