A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. According to the CDC, every day 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include a traumatic brain injury. Those who survive a TBI can experience symptoms lasting a few days to those that may last the rest of their lives. Traumatic brain injuries can cause impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). These issues not only affect the victim of a TBI, but can have lasting effects on families and communities.
What is a TBI?
A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” (i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to “severe” (i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury).
The leading cause of a TBI is a fall, with unintentional blunt trauma (hit by an object) and car accidents the second and third overall leading cause of a traumatic brain injury.
Three separate processes work to injure the brain: bruising (bleeding), tearing, and swelling. In the case of a car accident, you do not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed to get a head injury. Nor do you have to hit your head on an object (steering wheel, windshield) to injure the brain. Even at moderate rates of speed, traumatic brain injuries can and do occur in a car accident.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:
Symptoms of TBI usually fall into four categories:
-Difficulty thinking clearly.
-Feeling slowed down.
-Difficulty remembering new information.
-Nausea or vomiting.
-Sensitivity to noise or light.
-Feeling tired or having no energy.
-Sleeping more than usual.
-Sleeping less than usual.
-Trouble falling asleep
Some of these symptoms typically appear right after the injury occurs, while others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury. Often it is not until the injured person resumes their everyday life activities – like work or school – that many of these symptoms are noticed. Sometimes, people do not recognize or admit that they are having problems. Instead, it is family members or friends that observe the changes in the injured victim – particularly problems with memory and cognitive issues, or personality and emotional changes.
The road to recovery after a brain injury can be long and difficult, and sometimes the problems are permanent, forever affecting your ability to work and earn money, engage with your friends and family, or otherwise enjoy your life. Our lawyers have had considerable experience in handling accident cases for traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims in MN. Our brain injury attorneys in MN have worked with many qualified experts – neuropsychologists, neurologists, vocational experts and economists – in order to obtain the recovery necessary to fairly compensate our brain injury clients. We have the experience to understand what the brain injury victim and family are going through, and we have the patience and perseverance to stay with you in this difficult journey. Our MN brain injury attorneys know how to represent the victim and family to get the best possible settlement, but we also know how to work with the injured person and the family to help them through the process of getting treatment and accommodating the temporary or permanent challenges that come with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).