If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you’re likely to feel unsure about how best to move forward. Because these injuries affect your brain, they’re extremely unpredictable and difficult to overcome. In fact, TBIs are closely associated with substantial financial, physical, and emotional consequences. If someone else’s negligence has left you with a TBI, you need experienced legal counsel.
Cause and Effect
Traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by a blunt force to the head or by the whipping back and forth of the head. The Mayo Clinic identifies the kinds of accidents that are closely related to TBIs:
- Slip and falls. Slip and fall accidents often lead to TBIs, and this is especially true for the very young and the elderly.
- Car accidents. TBIs are often the result of vehicular crashes, including car, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents.
- School sporting accidents. High-impact school sports can lead to TBIs, including concussions (which are a milder form of TBI). In fact, school sports like football have garnered a significant amount of press recently for their close association with concussions and other brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries are common to personal injury claims, and they’re serious injuries that should never be discounted.
If someone else’s negligence has left you with a TBI, you know how difficult that is—and you need an experienced personal injury attorney. TBI claims are especially complicated, and the repercussions of such injuries are often comprehensive and long-lasting. The best path forward includes just compensation for your total damages, which will allow you to more easily navigate toward a full recovery. At The Hughey Law Firm in Charleston, our dedicated personal injury attorneys have the experience, drive, and compassion to fight for your claim’s just resolution.
The costs related to traumatic brain injuries are often extensive. Because they affect your brain—your body’s command center—TBIs are nothing if not unpredictable. Every TBI is as unique as the individual who suffers from it, and many who experience such injuries describe them as altering their very sense of self. The financial, physical, and emotional consequences of such a dramatic effect are difficult to adequately calculate. Further, TBIs are often referred to as “silent injuries” because they typically aren’t visible to observation. This means that traumatic brain injuries often go undetected until they’ve become more serious and even more complicated to treat. All told, the damages associated with a TBI are difficult to overstate.
Nevertheless, it’s critical to your future health and well-being that your TBI claim adequately reflects the totality of your damages. While no settlement amount can return you to your pre-injury self, just compensation will allow you to pursue the fullest recovery possible.
Traumatic brain injuries are serious injuries that often necessitate extensive medical expenses:
- Emergency transportation from the accident scene;
- Emergency treatment;
- Treatment from doctors, specialists, and therapists;
- Ongoing treatment and care;
- Physical therapy; and
- Prescription medications.
The medical expenses alone can be immense, but that is far from the end of the story when it comes to the costs associated with TBIs. Further, TBIs sometimes lead to seizures that can become chronic and thus necessitate long-term medical care and attendant expenses.
Along with the medical expenses associated with TBIs, come psychological costs. Even a relatively minor TBI can lead to significant emotional consequences. The changes effected in your brain by a traumatic brain injury can cause altered mental functioning, diminished sensory perception (including your sense of smell and your hearing), and to altered language abilities. All these are components of what it is that makes you uniquely yourself. Such changes often elicit a strong psychological response that can be extremely difficult to overcome.
Many TBI victims find that the psychological and emotional consequences are the most difficult aspects of these injuries. Sufferers often find that they can no longer control their emotions in the old familiar ways. This can lead to self-isolation, depression, and increased anxiety. This level of emotional distress typically not only affects the victim but also the victim’s very support system of family and friends.
In additions to medical and emotional consequences, traumatic brain injury victims often face work-related losses. Such damages usually include decreased wages due to lost hours on the job, but they can also include a diminished earning potential into the future. Some TBI sufferers are unable to return to their former positions and face not only financial setbacks but also the emotional devastation of a dashed career path. These work-related losses are not only financial but are also closely tied to the emotional component inherent to traumatic brain injuries.
TBIs Are Serious Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to life-threatening, but even a mild TBI can lead to significant challenges. Because these injuries don’t always present with symptoms at the outset, they can go undetected and become more serious before they’re diagnosed and treated. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to an improved prognosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports significant statistics related to TBIs:
- Nearly one-third of injury-related fatalities involve TBIs.
- About 1.7 million Americans are afflicted with TBIs each year, and of these, approximately 52,000 die.
If Someone Else’s Negligence Has Left You with a TBI, You Need a Charleston Personal Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries are difficult and unpredictable injuries that can permanently alter your life in the blink of an eye. If someone else’s negligence has caused you to suffer a TBI, it can be more difficult still. Because these injuries have overarching negative consequences, it’s imperative that your damages be fully accounted for. The dedicated legal team at the Hughey Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina, is here to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and compassion to aggressively advocate for your just compensation. Your claim matters, so please contact or call us at (843) 881-8644 today.