Any accident or incident that results in a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head can cause a traumatic brain injury, resulting in permanent and debilitating effects. 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC statistics also show that TBI is a contributing factor in nearly one-third of the country’s injury-related deaths. Traumatic brain injuries can occur in car and motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, assaults, and all other types of personal injury accidents.
- Falls (40.5%)
- Other/Unknown (19%)
- Struck by/against events (15.5%)
- Motor Vehicle-traffic crashes (14.3%)
- Assaults (10.7 %)
The medical expenses alone for treatment of a traumatic brain injury can be staggering, even before calculating present and future medical treatments and lost wages.
Many types of brain injuries are difficult to diagnose and emergency rooms are usually only looking for the more obvious and immediately life-threatening forms of brain injury. In some instances, a person who has been involved in an accident may be unaware that he or she has suffered TBI. The signs of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury are varied and could include the following:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
- Profound confusion
- Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Loss of coordination
- Persistent headache or a headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
The signs of a mild traumatic brain injury are also varied but commonly include the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
- Memory or concentration problems
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears or a bad taste in the mouth
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sleeping more than usual
If you are experiencing any of the above you should see a doctor and report your symptoms.
Our firm has extensive experienced in assisting those who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) due to the negligent or intentional acts of others. We understand how TBI can change one’s life forever.
A person who has suffered TBI may require medical care that includes:
- Emergency treatment
- X-rays, MRIs or CT scans
- Intensive care treatment
- Acute and post-acute rehabilitation
- Outpatient therapy
- Mental health counseling
- Assistive devices
Costs and Treatment of TBI
The ability to pay for your medical treatment can often delay follow-up treatment with doctors. The person or entity that caused your injuries will be responsible for payment of these medical expenses. An attorney will be able to quickly determine what party must pay for your medical treatment and can aggressively advocate on your behalf, enabling you to treat with your doctors and other providers and recover from your injuries.
Contact Certain & Zilberg immediately if you or a loved one may have sustained a traumatic brain injury to protect your rights and ensure you receive the recovery to which you’re entitled.
We assist those who have suffered TBI due to the negligent or intentional acts of others. We understand how TBI can change one’s life forever.