Have you suffered a brain injury (TBI) in an accident? Speak with our brain injury lawyers today to find out if you have a claim for your injuries. Some accident injuries affect individuals for a short while. Broken bones, road rashes, and muscle tears often heal over time. Traumatic brain injuries (or TBIs for short), on the other hand, can affect accident victims permanently.
What is TBI?
The definition of a TBI, according to the Brain Injury Association of America is “An alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force.” They can change someone’s cognitive abilities, personality, and physical capabilities forever.
TBI’s are a serious concern after an accident, and could potentially result in high medical bills, not to mention pain & suffering. That’s why if you suspect that your injuries were due to someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney to help you secure compensation.
The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries on Daily Life
After a TBI, an individual and his or her family may experience several consequences in addition to cognitive and physical changes. A TBI can lead to short and long-term effects, including:
- Loss of Independence. Many who suffer from TBIs may need assistance with daily activities for the rest of their lives. Even those who regain some or most of their abilities may endure years of rehabilitative services that can dictate when, where, and how they live their lives.
- Change in Personality. Brain injuries have the potential to affect the chemical makeup of the person and can result in a completely altered state of mind. As explained on Brainline.org: “Personality can be substantially or subtly modified following injury. The person who was once an optimist may now be depressed. The previously tactful and socially skilled negotiator may now be blurting comments that embarrass those around him/her. The person may also be characterized by a variety of other behaviors: dependent behaviors, emotional swings, lack of motivation, irritability, aggression, lethargy, being very uninhibited, and/or being unable to modify behavior to fit varying situations.”
- Financial Struggles. TBIs often require ongoing care. Individuals must remain hospitalized or in and out of treatment facilities for months or years. Over time, the costs associated with ongoing care add up, and everyday expenses do not stop after an injury.
- Lost Income and Future Wages. Juveniles who have not yet entered the workforce and adults injured in the middle of a career may lose temporary income and their income earning capacity after a TBI.
- Deterioration of Personal Relationships. One of the hardest struggles after a TBI involves personal relationships. Romantic relationships, familial relationships, and friendships may all suffer and affect an injured person’s quality of life after an accident.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The brain is at the center of what makes you work and function. It controls everything from balance and motor function to personality and thought processing. Types of TBIs can affect different parts of the brain, making symptoms difficult to identify and interpret. Two people who endure serious concussions in the same type of accident could experience completely different outcomes. Common types of TBIs include:
- Concussions. These injuries range from mild to severe and occur when the brain moves very quickly inside the skull (usually from blunt force trauma).
- Contusions. A contusion (bruise) on the brain means the brain is bleeding. Minor brain bleeds may resolve on their own, but serious contusions often require surgical interference.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries. Associated with rotational and shaking incidents, this injury creates movement in the skull, but the brain lags behind. As a result, nerve tissue within the brain may tear and interrupt signaling pathways and chemical releases.
Other types of TBIs occur when the brain experiences physical piercing with an object or if an individual loses oxygen for a prolonged period of time. Each type of broad injury classification results in specific and personal symptoms and injury outcomes.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Causes of TBIs vary as much as the symptoms of each injury. You may not associate serious brain damage with a minor rear-ending accident or a fall in a store, but many accidents can produce injurious results. Some of the most common causes of TBIs include:
- Motor vehicle or car accidents
- Slip and fall incidents
- Sports-related incidents
- Workplace or construction accidents, including falls, being struck, and electrocution
- Medical malpractice incidents, including birth injuries, surgical mismanagement, and pharmaceutical mismanagement
- Faulty and dangerous defective product incidents
If someone else’s negligence or intentional actions caused a serious brain injury, you have the right to pursue action against those responsible. Rice, Murtha & Psoras specialize in serving those who experience TBIs at the hands of reckless and malicious individuals.
Find an Experienced Baltimore TBI Injury Attorney
We encourage all TBI victims and/or their families to reach out for a free case evaluation. Filing a lawsuit will not undo a TBI, but it can help you and your loved ones cope with the long-term effects of a serious diagnosis and provide a sense of justice after a preventable incident.
For more information about what makes our dedication and case approach different, contact our Baltimore Brain Injury Lawyer team at Rice, Murtha & Psoras in Baltimore or Lutherville, MD today! (410) 694-7291