What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
The Mayo Clinic defines traumatic brain injury (TBI) as, “Damage to the brain as a result of an injury.”
TBI is the result of the brain colliding with the skull and results in approximately 52,000 deaths and 275,000 hospital stays annually. This can occur during many different types of impact such as car accidents, playing sports, or as a victim of violence. The brain is not tightly contained in the skull; rather there is space around the brain. Thus, when a person is involved in a car accident, for example, it is not just the neck that can snap back and forth, but the brain that can move in the skull causing injury, too.
When the brain is shaken in the skull it can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, and tissues to tear. TBI is a serious condition but difficult to identify because the injuries are often not visible. From the more common and recognizable brain injuries such as concussions to the not-so-recognizable: Diffuse Axonal Injury, Anoxic Brain Injury, and Hypoxic Brain Injury. Whatever the type, dealing with a brain injury is no simple task and complete recovery is never a guarantee.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can range from mild to very severe, depending largely on the type of injury suffered and the part of the brain that has been injured. And, while some symptoms are evident immediately, others may not present for several days or even weeks following an accident or injury.
There are many signs of TBI to watch for, with some of the most common being:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Ringing sound in the ears
- Behavioral changes
- Lingering bad taste in the mouth
Individuals suffering from any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately as they could be signs of TBI. It is also in your best interest to consult with a law firm experienced in dealing with brain injuries, as unemployment and extensive medical costs due to an injury could result in significant financial harm to you and your family. Feroleto Law is ready to fight for your rights as an injured individual.
Common Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Causes and Prevention
Causes of TBI
Traumatic brain injury has a wide variety of causes, but approximately 50 percent of all cases are vehicle-related accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. Among individuals 75 years and older, falls are the most common cause of TBI.
You can reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by taking precautions while going about your daily routine, such as:
- Always wear a seatbelt when traveling in a vehicle.
- Make sure children are utilizing age- and weight-appropriate safety and/or booster seats when riding in a vehicle.
- Always wear a helmet when riding on a motorcycle or bicycle.
- Protective helmets should also be worn when playing sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse, and baseball; skating or skateboarding; skiing, snowmobiling or snowboarding; or riding a horse.
Around the house, you can prevent falls by:
- Using a sturdy step-stool to reach objects on shelves.
- Using handrails when walking up or downstairs.
- Keeping children off stairs by installing safety gates.
If you or a loved one are the victims of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as the result of someone else’s carelessness, please call Feroleto Law today.
Did You Know…
- The most common type of traumatic brain injury is a concussion.
- Approximately half of all TBI patients will require surgery to remove or repair a hematoma or contusion.
- Many patients with penetrating head injuries are likely to experience seizures within 24 hours of their injury.
- Pain is often a medical complication of TBI, with headaches mentioned as the most common form of pain.
- TBI patients frequently experience difficulties with language and speech as a result of their injury.
- Most TBI patients will require rehabilitation to assist them as they recover from their injury.
- Oftentimes, recovery from a brain injury may take months, even years, which can result in loss of employment, extensive medical costs, and significant financial harm.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Lawsuits
If you or a family member in the Niagara or Buffalo, or New York State area has suffered a devastating brain injury, your life has probably been turned upside-down. The stress and financial burden can be overwhelming and it’s hard to know where to turn for help. Our experienced brain injury attorneys can examine the details of your case and tell you if a lawsuit is a viable option. If a lawsuit is recommended and our brain injury attorneys can prove negligence in court, you will be entitled to sue for damages that reimburse you for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future lost wages including pain and residual difficulties, such as permanent injury
- Losses, including pain and residual difficulties, such as permanent injury
Please don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation with Feroleto Law’s experienced brain injury attorneys today. We are focused on bringing you or your loved one the results that you need along with the justice that you deserve.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a devastating impact, not just on the injured person, but on family and friends as well. Dozens, if not hundreds, of questions, will likely arise, some best answered by a medical professional and others by an experienced TBI attorney who has successfully handled traumatic brain injury lawsuits.
Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs
The Brain Injury Association of America (www.biausa.org) is an outstanding resource for answers to many of your questions. They are often asked questions such as:
- “What is happening with stem cells and brain injury?”
- “What is the difference between acquired brain injury and a traumatic brain injury?” and
- “Where is the best brain injury rehabilitation program in the country?”
If you suspect brain injury was caused due to the recklessness or negligence of another such as a car crash, truck accident, workplace accident, defective or unreasonably dangerous premise you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and disability.
You likely have questions such as: “How will I pay my rent or mortgage?” “How will I take care of my family? “How can I get back to work and normal life?” “Should I bring a lawsuit to protect myself and my family if the corporation or person who caused the injury refuses to take responsibility?”
At Feroleto Law, our experience handling TBI cases — coupled with our personal attention and dedication — produces results for our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the fault or carelessness of another you can turn to the TBI lawyers at Feroleto Law for professional advice and legal guidance.
For more information on the Feroleto Law Injury Attorneys, serving Western and Upstate New York and Ontario residents for nearly 30 years, call (716) 854-0700, or send us a message.