Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, is a major cause of death in the United States—an estimated 1.5 million brain injuries occur here every year.
Falls and car accidents are common causes of TBI. And sadly, unlike injuries that heal over time, damaged brain cells typically don’t recover. The damage can lead to a variety of health problems including memory loss, physical disability or impairment, and poor general health.
In cases where a TBI is caused by the negligent actions of someone else, (i.e., drunk driver, negligent employer, etc.) financial recovery may be possible.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury and you’d like to know if you have a case, call the Minton Law Firm at 501-408-2087 or contact our Little Rock attorneys online to get started now.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an acquired brain injury commonly caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head or neck, which can cause the brain to move inside the skull, stretching, twisting, or tearing brain cells or nerves.
The effects of a brain injury can impact physical and cognitive abilities alike. And because “trauma” involves a spectrum of events, traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe.
Mild TBIs are commonly referred to as concussions and typically recover on their own in a few weeks. Patients may be instructed to avoid certain physical activities like working out to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
Moderate to severe brain injuries will require more time to heal and may also include surgery or other medical treatment. These often have long-term side effects and can even result in disability or loss of normal bodily functions.
Is Compensation for a TBI Possible?
If you’ve recently suffered a TBI or have been dealing with the long-term effects of a brain injury, it may be possible to pursue compensation for your injury.
Car wrecks, workplace accidents, and other personal injury cases are often viable claims when seeking financial recovery. Specifically, TBI victims may be able to pursue for compensation for:
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses (previous and ongoing)
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced ability to work
- Wrongful death
Can I File a Claim for My TBI?
There are certain guidelines or requirements that victims must meet in order to file a claim against another party for TBI. First, the offender must have acted negligently, or with criminal intent, and those actions must have been the proximate cause of the head injury.
The victim, or plaintiff, must present evidence that supports this claim (e.g., medical records, police reports, etc.), and if the case goes to trial, the case will be argued before a judge.
Personal injury cases concerning TBIs are most common in auto accidents, medical malpractice cases, negligence claims, and product liability cases, but it may be possible to file a claim for other types of accidents.
The only way to know if you’re eligible to receive compensation is to hire an experienced injury lawyer. A personal injury attorney can facilitate a claim against the person or party responsible for your TBI, and they can be vital to your success in receiving comprehensive compensation that will cover ALL related expenses.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Other leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Sports: extreme or high-intensity sports such as football, soccer, skateboarding, and hockey may pose increased risks to players, especially youth players
- Violence: domestic abuse and child abuse are leading causes of brain injuries. Diffuse axonal, for example, occurs when the skull is shaken or rotated quickly damaging sensitive nerve tissue. This injury is typical in cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
- Penetration injuries: also called an “open head injury,” penetration injuries are wounds in which an object or projectile penetrates the cranium but does not exit the head. Penetration head injuries are serious and often require emergency surgery.
- Cerebral anoxia: brain cells without oxygen begin to die after about 4 minutes. Since blood carries oxygen to the brain, several causes including choking and exposure to toxic fumes like carbon monoxide can implead blood flow and cause this type of brain injury.
Long-term Effects of TBI
When a brain injury is severe, executive brain functions, which process a large number of mental inputs simultaneously may be restricted or impeded altogether. This could affect a victim’s ability to have “normal” social interactions, manage his or her time effectively at work, or learn and remember new skills.
A person’s mood or behavior can also be altered by a brain injury. Irritability, depression, and lack of motivation are common behavioral shifts reported by family members and survivors.
Not surprisingly, these things can impact a victim’s ability to work and preserve a standard of living, as well as maintain interpersonal relationships with family and friends. Other long-term effects of TBI may also include:
- Loss of memory
- Impaired language skills
- Increased risk of stroke or seizure
- Extremity numbness or weakness
- Decreased cognitive function
- Loss of balance
- Partial paralysis
- Sexual dysfunction
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help You Receive Compensation for TBI?
The short and long-term effects of a brain injury can have far-reaching implications for survivors and family members. A personal injury attorney will provide you with professional, legal support to help you recover damages and advocate for you in court, if needed.
Let the Minton Law Firm represent you or your loved one. Our team is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured people across the state of Arkansas, and we can help you too. But first, a consultation will help our attorneys gather the facts we need to assess your claim.
We welcome clients from the greater Little Rock and Benton areas, as well as those throughout the state of Arkansas.