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Traumatic Brain Injury
A Traumatic Brain Injury occurs when an external force causes harm to the brain. The injury usually occurs after an accident – either caused by the individual, or as a result of someone else’s negligence. The aftermath of this incident can be debilitating and life-changing. If you or a loved one has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and someone else was at fault, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to seek compensation due to the severity of your condition.
What happens to individuals who experience traumatic brain injuries?
Traumatic Brain Injuries are classified into three groups:
The severity of a Traumatic Brain Injury can be mild, moderate, or severe and is determined by many factors. One test for injury severity is the Glasgow Coma Scale, which measures the level of consciousness directly following the injury. Severity can also be determined by the length of post-traumatic amnesia, and the duration of the loss of consciousness. A high ranking on the Glasgow Coma Scale, along with a short duration of unconsciousness and amnesia would usually be a sign of mild Traumatic Brain Injury. A low score on the coma scale coupled with a longer period of unconsciousness and amnesia usually signals a severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
What are signs a traumatic brain injury has occurred?
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury will vary based on the severity of the condition. In mild TBI, the individual may never lose consciousness; however, they may still experience life-altering side effects. Common symptoms of mild TBI include:
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Dizziness, difficulty balancing & lightheadedness
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes in sleep patterns.
There may also be mental and emotional symptoms that include shifts in mood or behavior, and possible problems with attention span, memory, clear thinking or confusion. Many of these symptoms are also present in moderate or severe TBI as well.
Common symptoms of moderate TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness, lasting for a few minutes to a few hours
- Confusion, lasting for days to weeks
- Short or long-term physical, mental and/or behavioral impairments
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
- Constant headaches and vomiting
- Slurred Speech
- Dilated Pupils
- Inability to regain consciousness
- Weakness or numbness of muscles and limbs
Long-term effects of severe traumatic brain injury can include inappropriate social behavior, impaired social judgment, and difficulty in processing and identifying emotions. These symptoms affect the everyday life of the injured party and their family. Some of these problems may be reversed over time, but many people’s lives will never return to normal.
When Traumatic Brain Injury occurs because of someone else’s negligence, there is no excuse. You or your loved one’s life may have been permanently changed. TBI can permanently change you or your loved one’s life, and not for the better. Traumatic Brain Injury can leave you unable to hold a job. You may lose your health insurance and become overwhelmed by debt. You are fully entitled to seek justice for the injury that occurred especially if it has affected you or your loved one’s everyday life.
Are You Entitled To File A Lawsuit For Your TBI? The Abbott Law Firm Can Help!
Selecting the right attorney for your case is important to the outcome. A Personal Injury Attorney with experience in handling TBI lawsuits would be the best person to contact. With decades of combined experience in personal injury and as one of the most respected law groups in Florida, the Abbott Law Group is an excellent choice to help with your Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit. We are selective about the cases we take on, but this is because we only take cases we believe in. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to answer your questions and for a free case review.