Traumatic Brain Injuries
Twenty years ago, medical researchers knew far less about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) than they know now. “Getting your bell rung” was not seen as a major concern, and adults and children alike were told to shake it off and move on. Today, however, the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries are well-known. Even concussions—which are considered a “mild” form of TBI—are known to present long-term risks, particularly when multiple brain injuries are suffered in short succession. Rest and recovery are essential, and returning to work or play too soon can potentially result in permanent damage. Even if the effects of your accident aren't fully known, it's best to consult with a traumatic brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries. In the broadest sense, TBI can be divided into two categories:
As you might expect, non-penetrating TBI are by far the most common of the two categories. However, what you might not expect is just how common these dangerous injuries truly are. Each year, an estimated 2.8 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, far too many of these injuries go undiagnosed, which means that far too many accident victims fail to receive both the treatment they need and the financial compensation they deserve.
With regard to recovering financial compensation for a traumatic brain injury, the specific nature of your injury is irrelevant. If you or your child has suffered a TBI and someone else is to blame, you are entitled to compensation for your family’s medical expenses and other losses.
That said, from a treatment perspective, knowing the nature of your or your child’s injury is extremely important. As a result, you should not assume that a headache and sensitivity to light are symptomatic of a concussion. You need to seek a medical diagnosis promptly, and you should either closely follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations or seek a second opinion if you believe one is necessary.
By way of example, the following are all types of non-penetrating TBI that can have different symptoms, prognoses, and treatment needs:
If you or your child is experiencing traumatic brain injury symptoms, we urge you to seek medical attention immediately. If you would like to speak with a brain injury lawyer about your family’s legal rights, we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation.
To speak with one of our traumatic brain injury lawyers about your family’s legal rights, please call 800-789-8840 or contact us online. You can reach us 24/7, and you pay nothing unless we help you recover just compensation.
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