- Traumatic brain injuries can result from blunt-force trauma during a personal injury accident
- TBIs can cause physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, neck pain, and tinnitus
- They can cause long-term health consequences affecting someone’s memory, balance, language skills, and muscle coordination
- Victims of TBIs can experience negative mental health effects, leading to depression, anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Those who suffer TBIs can pursue compensation for damages through a personal injury claim
Personal injury accidents, such as car, motorcycle, pedestrian, and slip and fall accidents, can expose victims to severe injuries. One of the most serious injuries a personal injury victim could suffer is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This involves a personal injury victim suffering a blow to the head that can damage the brain.
A TBI can dramatically affect a person’s health long-term, leading to issues with memory, speech, mood, vision, and mental health. Severe brain injuries can take weeks, months, or years to recover from, leading to health consequences affecting their quality of life. Personal injury victims can file claims to pursue compensation for damages resulting from their TBI.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most severe injuries someone can suffer from a personal injury accident. During the impact of the accident, a victim’s head can suffer a direct blow that damages the brain and causes this severe injury.
TBIs are a common occurrence in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 214,110 TBI-related hospitalizations in 2020 and 69,473 fatalities related to TBIs in 2021.
Blunt-force trauma from a personal injury accident can expose someone’s brain to significant harm. Personal injury victims can suffer TBIs that can expose them to life-altering health consequences that can affect them long-term.
How Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Affect Your Health?
In the aftermath of a personal injury accident, a TBI can majorly affect a victim’s health. This type of injury can lead to severe physical symptoms, such as intense headaches, neck pain, tinnitus, seizures, vomiting, nauseous feelings, and sensitivity to light and sound.
When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, they can have difficulty operating like they had before. A severe TBI can cause negative effects on someone’s health, as they can experience physical pain, reduced cognitive functioning, issues with their sense, and general unease that can negatively affect their quality of life.
The Long-Term Negative Effects on Your Brain from a TBI
Victims of TBIs can also experience long-term health consequences that affect their brains. They can experience reduced cognitive functioning, leading to health consequences that can be overwhelming. Blunt-force trauma from a personal injury accident can cause severe TBIs with symptoms that cause issues with daily activities and work tasks.
The following are some long-term effects TBIs can have on a person’s health:
- Memory problems
- Issues with balance
- Lack of concentration
- Mood swings
- Muscles coordination problems
- Visual changes
- Confusion and lack of mental clarity
Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Affect Someone’s Mental Health
TBIs can also affect a person’s mental health. Such a severe injury can cause physical and emotional pain and suffering, which reflects how they struggle with the impact of the injury. Their daily life can be affected due to the physical pain caused by the injury and the emotional trauma of the personal injury accident.
Those living with TBIs can experience negative feelings because of the injury and the trauma of their accident. Their mental health can decline due to depression, anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These effects on their mental health can add to the long-term health consequences of a severe TBI, which a victim can pursue compensation for.
Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Traumatic Brain Injury Claim
At The Russo Firm, our personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensatory damages for your traumatic brain injury. They can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our personal injury lawyers understand how a TBI can affect your physical and mental health and wish to help you hold the at-fault party accountable. We offer free consultations to allow potential clients to see how our lawyers can use their experience to help with their claims. Contact us today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.
Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Brain Injuries
What are some common types of TBIs?
TBIs can manifest as many different types of injuries, with what TBI you suffer depending on its severity. The type of TBI can also depend on where your head receives a blow and how that hit damages the brain. Following a personal injury accident that causes head trauma, you should see a doctor to determine what TBI you suffered and what medical treatment you should get.
The following are some types of TBIs:
- Cerebral laceration
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Diffuse axonal injury
- Coup-contrecoup brain injury
What personal injury accidents can cause TBIs?
A traumatic brain injury can result from a personal injury accident that leads to a direct blow to the head. The blunt-force trauma caused by the accident can expose the brain to harm that can lead to brain damage. These accidents can cause TBIs through impact with a heavy object, whiplash, impact with the ground, or other forms of blunt-force trauma.
The following are the personal injury accidents that can cause a TBI:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Slip and fall accident
- Bus accident
- Boat accident
How much compensation can you recover from a TBI?
How much a TBI victim can recover for their injury depends on its severity. TBIs can range from mild to severe, and the more serious the injury is will lead to a higher settlement. What damages they suffer will also affect the value of their settlement. Personal injury victims can suffer economic and non-economic damages from their accident.
The value of their damages will determine how much a TBI victim can recover from a settlement or court award. TBI victims can recover anywhere from low five figures to seven figures depending on how seriously their TBI affects their life, health, and finances.