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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often the result of car, pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents. Other things that commonly result in TBI include slip and fall accidents, roller coasters, collisions, sports-related injury, violence, or explosive blasts. If you have sustained a TBI or other brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you can sue for financial compensation for medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, and more.
Types of Brain Injuries
While many TBIs are severe, there are minor forms of brain injury as well. An accident victim may not notice mild brain injuries right away, but they will surface over time. For example, children can be susceptible to mild brain injuries from roller coasters with severe motion. These motions can make the brain hit the sides of the skull, resulting in mild traumatic brain injury.
At first, a child may complain of a simple headache or slight nausea. Over time, however, parents may see behavioral changes in their child, such as mood swings or trouble concentrating. Often, the parents can trace these changes back to the roller coaster. Symptoms to look for in mild brain injuries include blurred vision, confusion, a few seconds’ lost consciousness, sensitivity to light and sound, and trouble sleeping.
Moderate to severe TBI can result in a few minutes to hours of lost consciousness, persistent nausea, strong headaches, seizures, body numbness, clear liquid leaking from nose and ears, profound confusion, comatose, and death. The long-lasting effects of TBI can range from paralysis to cognitive degeneration. Common long-term effects include permanently slurred speech, developmental issues, difficulty reading and writing, and social issues.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
The most common cause of traumatic brain injury is falling. Falling out of bed, down stairs, in the bathtub, off of ladders, and other situations can easily result in a brain injury if the skull strikes the ground or other objects on the way down. Fall-related TBI is especially common in older adults who have difficulty moving around as well as in young children.
The other common cause of TBI is vehicle collision. The human body cannot withstand the gravitational forces involved in a high-speed vehicle collision, often resulting in internal problems and TBI. Severe rotational forces can cause cellular structures within the brain to tear, while a severe blow can cause the brain to move within the skull. When the head collides with the interior of a vehicle or some other object, the brain can suffer severe blunt force trauma and other damages.
Violence causes a relatively large number of TBIs, such as shaken baby syndrome, gunshot wounds, objects penetrating the skull, domestic violence, or child abuse. Other causes of TBIs can include sports-related impact injuries, in which high impact jars the brain inside of the skull and causes injury. Finally, explosive blasts in combat cause many TBIs within active duty members of the military. Extreme pressure waves passing through the brain may significantly disrupt brain function.
Have You Suffered a Brain Injury?
If you or a loved one has suffered a temporary or permanent brain injury due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, you may be able to seek financial compensation. The courts may find the defendant guilty in a TBI case if he or she drove recklessly, failed to provide safe premises, created a defective product, incorrectly trained employees, or any number of other circumstances that resulted in the accident.
To speak with a Harker Heights personal injury attorney with brain injury experience, contact Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation. We’re dedicated to serving TBI victims throughout central Texas, and we will help you file a claim and maneuver the lawsuit process step by step.