Physical Effects of Brain Injury
Effects of a Brain Injury and Legal Options for Victims
Every year, about 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the majority of which are the result of falls and motor vehicle accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Brain injuries are extremely complex in nature, range from mild to severe, and cause a host of short-term and long-term symptoms.
The Physical Effects of TBI
A relatively small impact to the head may not cause a serious traumatic brain injury and may just result in temporary and mild symptoms, like a slight concussion. Severe injuries, on the other hand, can cause:
- major brain dysfunction;
- unconsciousness and coma;
- long-term memory and behavioral complications; and
- increased risk of disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The location of the injury on the brain factors into what types of symptoms a victim may have. For instance:
- if the injury occurred on parietal lobe, the person’s sense of touch and vision may be affected;
- if the injury occurred on the temporal lobe, language problems might occur; and
- if the injury occurred on the frontal lobe, it may affect concentration, organization and more.
Understanding the Ripple Effect of a TBI
Brain injuries don’t just affect sufferers physically and mentally; they affect their entire lives, including relationships, finances and the future. People who suffer TBIs sometimes sustain changes in their personalities, suffer from anger and depression, and may find it difficult to cope. Family members of victims with TBI may report that their loved one “just isn’t the same” and may have to seek counseling of their own to learn how to deal with the changes in their loved one.
A person who suffers a TBI may be permanently disabled or no longer able to work in the same capacity as they once did. And unfortunately, disability combined with exorbitant medical bills cause way more than a ripple in the financial well-being of family dealing with a TBI injury.
Seeking Compensation for TBI Injuries
TBI victims who suffered an injury due to another party’s negligence can seek financial recompense for their damages via personal injury claims. If you or your family member suffered such an injury in an auto accident, slip and fall, or any other type of negligence-related incident, consult a local attorney to help you with the next stage of your claim.
Your attorney will help you collect evidence, demonstrate the severity of your injuries as well as the other party’s fault, and push for a fair amount of compensation under Florida law.
Our Attorneys Can Help Victims
If you or a loved one were recently in an accident and sustained a brain injury, we invite you to call our injury firm to discuss your case. Let’s see how we may be of service to you and how we can help secure the settlement that you and your family need.