Science and medicine have made unprecedented advances in the last century. We have eradicated diseases, created life-saving vaccines, and even begun to unravel the secrets of human DNA. Despite all these advances, however, the brain remains a significant mystery in many ways.
The human brain controls everything, from blinking and speech to memory and emotion. When the brain is injured, various parts of the body can be affected. A traumatic brain injury can have a devastating impact on an individual’s life.
The Far-reaching Impact Of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Because brain injuries often result in long-term loss of function, they tend to affect the entire family. Not only must the brain injury victim cope with pain, emotional stress, and a long recovery, he or she must also worry about finances and the cost of ongoing medical treatment. When you have a family to support and a job to protect, this can be an overwhelming burden.
Traumatic brain injuries affect each person differently.
The brain is a complex part of the body, which often makes it difficult for doctors to predict exactly how a patient’s recovery will progress. Some people are told they will never walk again, only to run a marathon years after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Other people experience what doctors consider a moderate brain injury and require a ventilator for the rest of their life. This unpredictability is what makes traumatic brain injury lawsuits so complicated. It is critical to work with a lawyer who knows how to calculate your damages accurately, as you won’t get another opportunity to receive compensation for your injuries.
The Signs and Symptoms Of TBI
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a leading cause of death in the United States and are responsible for 1.3 million emergency room visits every year. Recent litigation surrounding recurrent concussions among professional athletes – particularly football players – has increased public awareness about the prevalence of TBIs.
Most people now realize that even a so-called mild traumatic brain injury can cause serious and lasting health problems. Furthermore, the risk of serious injury increases with each concussion.
You don’t have to be an athlete to experience a devastating brain injury. In fact, falls and car accidents are two of the top causes of TBI in the United States. Unfortunately, many people who have been in an accident don’t even realize they have suffered a TBI. Because the symptoms can mimic those common in other illnesses, doctors can miss red flags that indicate a brain injury.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can vary, however, several symptoms tend to appear in a wide range of people. These symptoms can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
- Difficulty remembering a word (tip-of-the-tongue syndrome)
- Coordination problems
- Impaired motor function
If you have been in a car accident, or any other type of accident, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you believe you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, your doctor can evaluate you to determine the best treatment plan in your case.
Talk To a Lawyer Today
Traumatic brain injuries are devastating for both injury victims and their families. Help is available, but only if you act quickly. If you wait too long to file a claim, you could miss your chance to receive compensation for your injuries.
Contact Schrier Law Group to discuss your case, today.