Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is when the brain’s tissues and functions are damaged, usually because of an accident involving an intense amount of force, such as a car or motorcycle accident or a fall. Nearly 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Approximately a third of all injury related deaths in the United States every year are due to traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries are usually classified as mild, moderate, or severe. The majority of traumatic brain injuries are mild: the patient may lose consciousness or be confused or disoriented, but the symptoms fade after half an hour or less. Patients who suffer moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries, however, may suffer longer periods of unconsciousness or memory loss, along with loss of cognitive or physical functions. The most severe injuries may leave a patient comatose.
Traumatic brain injury patients may suffer a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be permanent. Persons suffering from a traumatic brain injury may find their perception, memory, or judgment is impaired. They may have difficulty with physical functions such as walking, writing, or using the bathroom. The damage may also be behavioral or emotional: some traumatic brain injuries leave patients with permanently altered personalities. They may suffer chronic headaches or other pain, or experience involuntary muscle spasms and other body movements. The human brain is a complex and mysterious organ, and any damage it suffers can permanently alter a person’s life.
Adjusting to life after a traumatic brain injury can be a slow and difficult process. Often, patients must learn to live in a new body or with new feelings and behaviors. The costs of hospitalization, therapy, and long-term care can be staggering, as can the accumulation of lost wages and benefits when a formerly employed person becomes unable to pursue his or her career.
The CDC estimates that 44 percent of traumatic brain injuries each year are caused by car accidents. Another 26 percent are the result of falls. Many of these car accidents and falls would not have happened except for the negligence of another person or company. If you or a loved one suspects that a traumatic brain injury was the result of another person’s negligence or carelessness, you should strongly consider consulting an experienced Indiana traumatic brain injury lawyer.
At Turner and Turner, our Brain Injury Experts know from experience how to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of every brain injury claim. We pursue every possible avenue to ensure that you and your family receive just compensation, including considering the liability of third parties such as manufacturers, hospitals, or employers. We also employ the expertise of accident reconstruction specialists, engineers, expert neurologists, and other professionals to give us a thorough understanding of the injury and the negligent actions that caused or contributed to it. These professionals help develop a life care plan and explain the long-term medical, financial, and personal impacts of a traumatic brain injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, please don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Turner and Turner. Our attorneys will consult with you at not charge and handle the details of your claim. As always, we will support you and your family through this difficult situation, fighting to get the justice and compensation you deserve. Call 1-888-8TURNER.