Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a common consequence of motor vehicle collisions, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, sports injuries and other personal injury accidents. Many people don't realize that any impact to the head has the potential to cause a TBI. The impact need not be severe to result in a brain injury, and approximately 138 individuals die from TBI-related injuries every day in the United States.
The CDC identified falls as a leading cause of TBI between 2006 and 2010, representing nearly half of all U.S. TBI's that required a visit to the ER, a stay in the hospital, or resulted in death. Nearly 30 percent of all injury-related deaths across the nation involve a TBI.
Signs of a Brain Injury
Serious brain injuries can have a devastating effect on the lives of those suffering from the TBI and on the victim's family members. When severe, a TBI can result in a lifelong disability that requires daily care. Some potential issues for TBI sufferers can include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensory problems
- Chronic exhaustion
- Sleep disorders (too much or too little sleep)
- Problems speaking
- Issues with coordination
- Partial numbness or weakness
In addition to physical issues, psychological trauma is quite common for those dealing with TBI. Victims of brain injury may suffer from a "loss of self" due to the severe ways that the injury has transformed their personality and life.
The immediate aftermath of the brain injury is typically disruptive for everyone. Hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation and therapy can be overwhelming, demanding, and confusing to all. These challenges affect family life, work, career, income, and emotional stability.
Many victims of TBI suffer from depression. They may experience severe behavioral changes, such as bursts of anger and aggression. Severe cognitive issues due to the TBI can cause confusion, frustration, anxiety, and depression. Dealing with this change in a spouse, partner, or parent is difficult, and may lead to anxiety and depression for family caregivers as well. Grief is not atypical, as family members grapple with the changes in their loved one and the uncertainty of what the future holds for their family.
Minimizing the Impact of a TBI
When a TBI is the result of a personal injury, you may be able to recover damages for the negligent behavior that caused the brain injury. A knowledgeable California personal injury lawyer can help you pursue your claim. He can calculate the extent of the monetary damages, which can be complex. It's important to recognize all potential aspects of the injury to determine what your family needs to help your loved one. This involves more than medical care, since the impact of a severe TBI touches many facets of your lives. A fair and equitable settlement or award can make a significant difference in the quality of life you and your loved ones experience while dealing with the aftermath of a TBI.
Attorney Mark Thiel has literally been in the shoes of many of his serious injury clients. As someone who has personally experienced a serious injury as well as the sudden loss of a loved one, he understands what a family may be going through during this difficult time. Seek help now by reaching out to the Law Offices of Mark A. Thiel in Stockton, California.