According to the CDC, there were 56,800 Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), related deaths in the US in 2014. Many of these deaths and non-fatal TBIs were caused by accidents. The brain is the center of the nervous system. Any damage done to this organ, temporary or permanent, can be extremely life-altering and could result in death.
Individuals who experience a TBI may face physical, psychological, cognitive, and emotional challenges. If you have suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence and want to file a lawsuit, it is important to reach out to a reliable team of skilled attorneys like those at The Lapidus Law Firm.
What Is a TBI?
Not all TBIs occur when the head is impacted directly. Some TBIs occur when the body is moved abruptly, and the brain shakes back and forth in the skull. A mild TBI, or an mTBI, is most often diagnosed as a concussion. A concussion can occur after a severe or minor hit to the head. Concussions are non-fatal but can have long-lasting effects on the brain.
The more severe TBIs can be either open or closed. An open TBI occurs when the skull is fractured due to the head coming into violent contact with a hard object. A closed TBI is when there is no fracture, but the brain swells, or a blood clot forms in the skull.
Many individuals do not realize when they have a mild TBI, especially when they do not experience unconsciousness following the incident of trauma. It is important to be seen by a doctor if there is any chance that you may have a TBI. Trauma to the brain can lead to severe damage or death if left untreated.
Common Causes of a TBI
There are many ways one can experience a TBI. Some injuries are caused by things such as falling while riding a bicycle that results in a headache or playing contact sports. Unfortunately, many TBIs are caused by unexpected events, such as:
- Slips and falls
- Motorcycle and bike accidents
- Work/construction site accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Car accidents
Symptoms of TBI
It is important to pay attention to your body and watch for anything that may indicate that you have experienced a TBI. Symptoms of a TBI include:
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Temporary loss of consciousness (a few seconds or minutes)
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to Bright Light
- Memory loss
- Changes in sleep
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Repeated vomiting
- Loss of coordination
- Severe & Frequent Migraine
- A long period of unconsciousness (several minutes to an hour)
- Slurred speech
- Extreme agitation
A severe TBI will need to be treated by medication, surgery, rehabilitation, or all three. Undergoing treatment can be not only mentally and physically exhausting but also can be extremely costly. If you are looking to receive financial recovery from all damages, make sure you have a trustworthy PG County Personal Injury Lawyer at your side.
TBI Lawyer in Hyattsville
If you or a loved one has experienced a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, contact us at The Lapidus Law Firm. A dedicated Hyattsville TBI Attorney will advocate for your well-being through what can be the strenuous process of filing a lawsuit. We have an impressive track record of winning substantial settlements for TBI victims like those in your case and plan to continue that success in the future.
Do not hesitate to give us a call at (301) 852-7500.
Written by Award-Winning Lawyer Lawrence S. Lapidus