Have you or a loved one suffered injuries in a workplace or motor vehicle accident which resulted in Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI? Traumatic Brain Injury is an acute event resulting from trauma to the head from the forces of an accident. TBI is a particularly serious injury as our brain not only controls our body and our physical processes, it defines our personality and who we are as an individual.
TBI and other brain injuries are not like other physical injuries one would suffer in a motorcycle, truck or car accident. The recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury relates to functionality and personality. Medical science is still learning at a geometric rate regarding the human brain, how it functions and how it recovers from injury. If you or a loved one have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in an accident due to another’s negligence you need the expert, proven injury attorneys at Hargadon, Lenihan & Herrington (HLH).
Brain injuries are usually classified as mild if a loss of consciousness, confusion or disorientation lasts less than 30 minutes. MRI and CAT scans in these patients may appear normal, but the accident victim may continue to suffer headaches, difficulty processing details, mood swings, and the inability to concentrate at times.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury usually involves a loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes and memory loss for more than 24 hours after the accident occurs. In the immediate aftermath of a severe Traumatic Brain Injury the victim may experience impairment in cognitive brain functions and may even experience or be placed in a medically induced coma. Severe TBI patients may experience a loss of some functionality, speech and language issues and physical control of their limbs.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury may occur immediately or may take days or even weeks to fully present. The injured party may be aware they have suffered a brain injury, but in many cases they are not. Changes in personality are subtle and reveal themselves to spouses, family member, friends and co-workers over time. Common symptoms include a persistent headache, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and vomiting.
You may notice a change in a TBI victim’s personality over time including introversion in those who used to be quite outgoing and joyful. At first you may notice difficulty concentrating or moments of confusion. Issues of anger, impulsivity, irritability, anxiety, withdrawal and apathy or the ability to manage complex tasks or multiple tasks simultaneously may take a period of time to recognize. In some cases, normal chores such as going to the grocery store or running errands may become confusing or unmanageable.
Severe cases may result in abnormal crying or laughing, seizures, balance disorders, persistent repetition of words or actions or the inability to create new memories or recognize common possessions or the faces of family members or friends.
One of our HLH partners is a member of the Brain Injury Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and aid to the victims of brain injuries. This organization of doctors, lawyers and other professionals aims to improve the lives of people who have suffered brain injuries. When you or someone you love faces the difficulty of a life-altering brain injury, you need immediate legal assistance. Our team can provide the accomplished legal services you need to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.
It is so important to see your primary physician or visit an urgent care within 24 hours of any car accident to be thoroughly examined and to establish a baseline of any known or unknown injuries. You may not think you ever lost consciousness or may think you are “ok” but many symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury take weeks or months to fully present. It is in the best interest of your personal health, as well as your ability to recover any future medical costs relating to injuries you suffer in a motor vehicle accident to see a doctor.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Kentucky motor vehicle accident we invite you to contact us or call for a FREE initial consultation with one of our lawyers, at (502) 583-9701. If you are too injured or unable to come to our offices we will come to you.
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