The Virginia attorneys at Cravens & Noll, P.C. have represented many clients in a wide variety of cases involving TBIs.
A head injury (traumatic brain injury/TBI) is defined by doctors as any injury involving the brain, skull, or scalp.
Car accidents are one of the most common reasons for traumatic brain injuries. TBIs are the third most common cause of death overall. For people under the age of 44, it is the leading cause of death.
It is especially important to obtain legal representation when you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury. There are many unique medical issues that an experienced lawyer would understand, having represented many TBI victims.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs range in severity and type. Often, TBIs are serious cases where a client’s quality of life is impacted. Other times, the relatively minor short-term consequences are still worth pursuing legal representation to cover the costs of care and wages lost..
TBI’s may not always be easy to diagnose. Some injuries are open-head injuries, where the skin and skull are broken on impact. Closed-head injuries, on the other hand, don’t show external physical signs the victim has suffered a head injury. They can be just as severe as open-head injuries because the impact jostles and damages the brain within the skull.
Most injuries and deaths occur due to the negligence of another party. There are three common types of brain injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Anoxic Brain Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
This occurs when there is a sudden deceleration or rapid acceleration of the brain. The nerve fibers are sheared, the brain bruises against the skull, or there are brain stem injuries. The brain injury is accompanied by edema (swelling).
Anoxic Brain Injuries
When the supply of oxygen is cut off from the brain, this results in an anoxic brain injury.
Anytime there is a change or alteration in consciousness due to a blow to the head, this is a concussion. Concussions are often seen in professional sports like the NFL and hockey. Common signs of a concussion include vertigo, nausea, amnesia, a weak pulse, blurred vision, or seeing “stars” or “flashers” in your vision. These are all signs that you should seek immediate medical attention.
Will I Be Able To Recover Damages?
Did you get into a car accident where the other party was at fault? If so, you or your loved one should be able to recover damages from the other party, their employees if they were on the job, or from your own insurance.
Some of the damages the victim may recover include:
- Property damage
- All medical costs (both present and future)
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of a job
- Punitive damages
What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
If you suffered a serious injury, you may be suffering from long-term effects such as
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Reduced motor skills
- Physical deformities
- Decreased strength
- Vision issues
Not all injuries will present all of these symptoms, as each case is different. Minor TBIs are less likely to cause lasting issues, but many of the effects are life-altering. People who have had concussions before are more susceptible to have another, more serious concussion in the future.
The cognitive defects of a brain injury can be devastating. You may have trouble finding the words to say in conversations. Processing information is much more difficult, and perceptual skills and memory skills are compromised. You may have major lifestyle changes after a TBI, and personality changes are also common. In more serious cases, there may be speech complications, seizures, paralysis, coma, or death.
Tasks that were simple before an injury become much more difficult. It simply takes more brainpower for someone who has had a head injury to do many simple tasks. A person’s relationships can become strained, as others do not know how to cope with the changes in their friend. Victims often become unreliable in the workforce since they are having both mental and medical complications.
We Are Here to Help
The attorneys at Cravens & Noll have the experience necessary to represent any traumatic brain injury case. Our attorneys will investigate and evaluate the details of your case. We will pursue the negligent party and pursue a claim on behalf of our client and ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Brain injuries can be quite complicated. We always recommend having legal representation to sort out the many variables. Even if you believe you have just suffered a minor concussion, you may have hidden injuries that don’t appear until many days, weeks, or months after the accident.
If you are not sure whether the accident was your fault, you should still take the time to acquire legal representation. A trained attorney with experience in TBIs can review the facts of your case. In many cases, we may be able to determine that you do have a right to compensation.
Our traumatic brain injury attorneys recognize the seriousness of these injuries. We will fight for your rights to get compensation to help you or your loved one. We have experience in representing clients in all aspects of personal injury law, and we expect to see justice prevail when you have been wronged.
To get started, contact Cravens & Noll at your local office today to get the process started.