What is a TBI?
According to the National Institute of Health, a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) is any injury that affects how the brain functions. A TBI after an accident is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life.
TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The short-term and long-term effects of a TBI can range from mild to severe, and the treatment options available will depend on the specific type and severity of the injury.
Short-term effects of TBI can include a loss of consciousness, confusion, headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. In more severe cases, short-term effects may include seizures, coma, or even death. These symptoms may be immediately apparent, or they may not appear until hours or days after the injury.
Long-term effects of TBI after an accident can be even more devastating. These can include cognitive difficulties, such as memory loss, difficulty with concentration and attention, and problems with language and communication. TBI can also lead to emotional and behavioral changes, such as depression, anxiety, and irritability. People with TBI may also experience physical problems, such as weakness, fatigue, and problems with coordination and balance.
The treatment of TBI will depend on the specific type and severity of the injury. In the immediate aftermath of an injury, treatment may include emergency care, such as stabilizing the person’s condition and preventing further injury. This may include administering oxygen, controlling bleeding, and preventing further damage to the brain by reducing swelling.
Once the person is stable, further treatment will depend on the specific symptoms and complications that have arisen. For example, if the person is experiencing seizures, they may be given anti-seizure medication. If the person is in a coma, they may be placed on a ventilator to help them breathe.
Rehabilitation is an important aspect of TBI treatment, and it may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. These therapies can help the person regain the ability to move and speak, and they can also help the person learn new skills and ways of coping with their injury.
Medications may also be used to treat the symptoms of TBI. Painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, and antidepressants may be prescribed to help the person manage the physical and emotional effects of the injury.
Surgery may be an option for some people with TBI, particularly if there is a skull fracture or bleeding on the brain. Surgery can help to remove any pressure on the brain and reduce the risk of further injury.
While TBI is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life, it is important to remember that everyone’s experience with TBI is unique. With the right treatment and support, many people with TBI are able to recover and go on to lead fulfilling lives.
Types of Accidents That Can Cause a TBI
Our firm has handled numerous cases on behalf of TBI victims. These cases have included TBIs from car accidents, trucking accidents, construction site accidents, falls at nursing homes, and assaults. Any incident with direct force to the head can lead to a TBI.
In most instances, in order to recover compensation for a TBI, you must prove another individual or company acted negligently in causing the TBI. The exception to this is workers’ compensation. If you suffer a TBI on the job while performing your work duties, you are almost certainly entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If you suffer a TBI while not on the job, then to recover compensation, you generally must prove someone acted negligently (i.e. failed to use reasonable care) and caused the TBI.
Types of Compensation for TBI After an Accident
If you can prove someone negligently caused the TBI, the injured person is entitled to compensation. The different types of compensation are called “damages.”
In Alabama, you may be entitled to the damages of pain, future pain, mental anguish, future mental anguish, medical costs, future medical costs, permanent injury, disfigurement, loss of income, and loss of earning capacity. Whether you are entitled to all or some of these damages depends on the particular details of your case and your TBI.
We Help Victims of TBI After an Accident
At Siniard Law, we have handled numerous cases involving TBIs from injuries such as intracranial hemorrhages, subdural hematomas, subarachnoid hemorrhages, and severe concussions. We know how the difficult the recovery process can be. We are here to help TBI victims get the compensation they deserve.