Posted on February 11, 2018
Each year in the U.S., there are about 1.7 million traumatic brain injury (TBI) deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency visits in hospitals across many states. Are you one of the many Americans who have received a brain injury and aren’t sure where to turn in your time of need? Brain injuries can leave a lasting impact on your life and, if your accident was due in part to negligence by another party, you may wonder how you can bring a claim against this liable party. Today we will take a look at some of the questions many people have in brain injury cases, and how we can help you.
Brain Injury FAQ
What are common types of brain injuries? There are two types of brain injuries, open and closed. Open injuries are those where the skull has been fractured and closed head injuries don’t involve fractures but can be more serious because of brain swelling. Common brain injuries take place for a variety of reasons. Bruising of the brain, for instance, takes place in cases involving auto accidents and falls on occasion. Tearing of the brain is a type of trauma can occur when there is some type of collision. Swelling takes place from any type of trauma to the brain, and makes it so that there is no room for the brain to migrate. This can cause deadly intra-cranial pressure.
Why is a medical evaluation important after I receive a brain injury? Medical evaluations can show the level of impairment from the brain injury and show things like an injured person’s ability to work, the right to receive economic compensation, whether independent living is possible or not, what type of physical therapy can be helpful, and so much more. If you are in need of financial assistance after receiving your TBI, you should have an evaluation of some sort.
What are some of the effects a brain injury can have on me? Some of the most common effects that you may experience with a brain injury include confusion and difficulty remembering events, unusual tiredness, nausea or dizziness, severe and lasting headaches, and weakness or numbness on one side of the body. If you experience any of these symptoms after an accident, you should seek medical attention. It also helps to mention that, even if you believe you are not suffering from a brain injury after an accident, you may feel the symptoms weeks or months later. This is why it is always helpful to speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
How are damages calculated? There are many ways that damages can be calculated in these cases, and sometimes it is very difficult to do so. Some factors that you may see prevalent in these determinations include how severe the brain injury is, how it affects your life, your past medical history, pre-existing injuries, how much treatment will cost in the future, and how much work you will lose out on.
Are there any limits on damages received in a TBI case? Some states put limits on damages. This usually does not limit how much you will be able to receive in economic damages, but it could limit what you receive in pain and suffering or punitive damages.
How can I pursue a claim for my brain injury? The best way to pursue a claim is to speak to an experienced accident attorney soon after you have been injured. You will have to show that a party acted negligently and, because of their actions, you sustained harm and financial damage.
Have you been injured in an accident and received a traumatic brain injury as a result? We may be able to help. At the Accident Law Group, we want to help in your time of need when you are experiencing financial strain after your accident. Call us as soon as possible to get started at 602-262-4254.