Lawsuits for Brain Injury (TBI) Accidents Victims
Traumatic Brain Injuries: Severe to Mild
Have you ever been exposed to a friend or family member who has suffered from a minor concussion? If so, they probably had what’s also known as a mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. There are different severities of traumatic brain injuries, but before classifying them it is important to understand what defines a traumatic brain injury. TBI is referred to as a sudden injury to the brain. They are most commonly caused by falls, car wrecks, and assaults. If the brain inside the skull moves around as a result of the head experiencing outside forces, then the potential for damage is there. TBI’s are distinguished as mild to moderate to severe. The higher the severity of the brain injury, the more symptoms there are. What may seem like a mild injury can potentially be lethal if there is any internal bleeding that has not been detected, so it would be in everyone’s best interest to play it safe.
It is not always possible to predict someone’s long term future at the scene of an injury, or even for some time after that. The initial severity rating of a traumatic brain injury does not provide sufficient evidence necessary to try and predict the victim’s overall recovery potential. The many factors implicated in each injury make every person’s prognosis unlike the other. It takes time to evaluate and determine the full impact of a brain injury.
There are several explanations for this. An injured brain could be swollen or bleeding, and in need of surgery. The person may be unconscious, and there may be no way to measure the degree of the injury’s impact. Some TBI side effects may not be immediately transparent, like memory or language difficulties, or shifts in personality.
Even if there is no loss of consciousness, a mild traumatic brain injury is diagnosed once the victim starts showing any loss of memory for events right before or after the injury. According to Pate Rehab, “Persons who have mild TBI usually have a good recovery, but some individuals may take weeks or even months of treatment to reach their maximum potential. About 75% of traumatic brain injuries are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.”
Moderate TBI Injury
A moderate traumatic brain injury is when the loss of consciousness lasts anywhere from a couple minutes to a couple hours. Typically, by that point most people need a brain CT or MRI scan, but often times the damage is not visible. Those who experience a moderate TBI are left feeling confused from a matter of days to weeks whereas their physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral factors could be impaired, lasting for months or ending up permanent. Patients normally recover well with rehabilitation or after learning how to compensate for their limitations.
When a person has a severe traumatic brain injury, they go through a prolonged unconscious state or coma that ends up lasting for days, weeks, or months. Symptoms of severe traumatic brain injury can consist of loss of consciousness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, trouble with balance, dilation of one or both pupils, slurred speech, behavioral or mood changes, loss of coordination, restlessness, and agitation.
Patients with severe TBI have still the potential to recover significantly to the extent where they could go back to a life very close to what they had before the injury. However, some are stuck dealing with permanent physical, cognitive, or behavioral issues. With severe traumatic brain injury, rehabilitation is almost always necessary, if not recommended.
How much time a person needs to spend in brain rehab is based on their specific injury and its effects. A typical length of time is around three months, though it may be shorter or longer, depending on the person’s condition and a rate at which they recover.
Victims may also find themselves being placed in a tricky position where they have to try to prove their injury to health care workers. These companies sometimes accuse those who have been affected of attempting to fake the injury, whether it is for attention or financial gain.
So, with this being said, what do you do when you or someone you know shows symptoms of a mild to severe traumatic brain injury? The sooner someone is diagnosed, the better shot they have to get the full recovery they need.
Traumatic brain injuries can interfere with everything and everyone in your life, whether you personally are affected or helping a loved one who is affected. It can strain relationships with family and friends, and it can seriously decrease your ability to work. It can even make it more of a challenge to socialize and develop new friendships.
In the United States, TBI is a silent crisis. According to Brainline, “As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with a permanent disability resulting from a brain injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 2.8 million brain injuries Americans report a traumatic brain injury each year. Fifty-six thousand people die from it. Over two hundred eighty-two thousand people are hospitalized. Some of them go home only to discover they no longer have a sense of smell or taste, or that their sleeping habits have changed, or that they can’t seem to do their job anymore.”
Whether the traumatic brain injury is severe or mild, it is important to find the right personal injury lawyer who specializes in your unique case and has a concise understanding of the challenges that come with being a victim along with the complexities of a legal case focusing on TBIs. The proper amount of experience your personal injury attorney has with these types of cases creates a higher probability for yours to work out in your favor.
At Wolf & Pravato, you can expect to receive the help you need from our team at our offices in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Our legal team has led their clients to justice while also helping them acquire the resources towards the full recovery they are looking for. If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, one of Wolf & Pravato’s traumatic brain injury attorneys will offer you a free confidential consultation.
As you focus on trying to recover from your brain injury (or the recovery of someone you care about), our attorneys can look through all of the brain medical charts, that may seem overwhelming to you, to help pinpoint what caused the brain injury as well as helping to determine whether your health care professionals took action in a timely manner to diagnose the condition.
We are here to help assess your case and fight for your rights and options. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.