When the head gets bumped, jolted, or is impacted in any way, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur. These injuries will affect how the brain normally functions and require careful treatment, but full recoveries aren’t guaranteed. Someone could possibly have permanent difficulties because of a head injury. If someone acted recklessly and harmed you in the process, you can seek ways to defend your rights. A Jackson brain injury lawyer from Pittman, Roberts & Welsh will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve.
People can underestimate how significantly a TBI can affect them. Knowing how often they happen and how they affect you may help you with your case.
The Dangers of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide the following facts about TBIs that show how prevalent they are in the United States.
- TBIs contribute to 30 percent of all injury deaths.
- 153 people die every day in the United States because of injuries that include a traumatic brain injury.
- There were a total of 2.8 million TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States in 2013.
- TBI contributed to 50,000 deaths.
- Most TBIs that happen each year are concussions, which are considered mild.
Traumatic brain injuries may last for a couple of days, but some can cause issues that will persist for the rest of your life. Some of the areas that a head injury can affect are:
- Sensation (including vision and hearing)
- Emotional Functioning
Some may be unsure if they have an injury. There are some signs traumatic brain injuries can present as follows:
- Blurred vision, headaches, and dizziness
- A change in behavior and mood
- Issues with focus and decision-making
These injuries can make it difficult to return to work, do regular household chores, and participate in everyday activities. It may even mean that the injured party will have to make major changes to their life. While one is dealing with all of that, the last thing they want to think about is dealing with a claim on their own. That’s why Pittman, Roberts & Welsh is here to help.
You may be wondering how these severe injuries can happen at all. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can occur when someone acts negligently. Let’s take a look at specific examples of how TBIs happen.
How Do Brain Injuries Happen?
Whenever someone is involved in an accident, they have a chance of hitting their head. The intense damage of a TBI can occur during the following situations:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents. People who are involved in car accidents, truck accidents, or motorcycle accidents can get a head injury. Trucks often cause more severe injuries because of their size and weight. Motorcycles do not have the protection that a car can provide. If the rider happens to not be wearing a helmet, the accident could have terrible consequences, including death.
- Medical Errors. When a doctor or surgeon makes a careless mistake, the patient may suffer from a TBI. This could be from missing a diagnosis, a surgical error, or a birth injury. Negligence from a delivery team could harm the baby at birth. When babies sustain a head injury, they are at risk of developing disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
- Falls. Falls are particularly dangerous for people aged 65 or older. But fall-related TBIs are a risk to everyone. Negligent property owners put people on their property at risk because their premise is unsafe. There could be an uneven walkway or a torn carpet that causes someone to fall and hit their head. People are also injured on the job. Construction workers are at risk of falling from ladders, but also may have to worry about objects hitting their heads.
No matter how your brain injury happened, the lawyers at Pittman, Roberts & Welsh will look into your case and find out who acted negligently and caused your injury. While the reason why your injury happened may not be listed above, you can always talk to us about the validity of your claim.
After the Brain Injury
After your accident, you it’s likely you will be in the hospital to receive the treatment you need. This process can be time-consuming, and you may incur substantial medical expenses. Depending on your condition, you may be unable to return to work for a long period of time. This situation puts people in considerable financial stress, but that’s why we’re here.
We’ll also fight for the care you may require in the future. Traumatic brain injuries are serious and may have resulted in physical and/or mental complications. Whether you need assistance in your home or you need to go to a mental health care professional, you should be able to get the care you need. You shouldn’t have to choose between recovery and surviving. We’ll do everything we can to get you a fair settlement.
Get Sound Legal Counsel
When you need representatives to protect your rights, Pittman, Roberts & Welsh will stand by your side. We’ll make sure the responsible party is held liable for their actions and you get the justice you deserve. We understand how a TBI can upend your life, but we’ll help you get the financial aid, so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can discuss your situation and find the best way to proceed with your case.