A serious accident of any kind may result in a head injury, which can often produce a traumatic brain injury or TBI. This type of serious condition can lead to life-long or even fatal consequences that can have a dramatic impact on your future as well as your family’s future. To help with the recovery and coping with this life-altering condition a personal injury claim may be necessary.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The signs of a traumatic brain injury may include:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Confusion or disorientation.
- Blurred vision.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Trouble with memory or concentration.
- Behavioral or mood changes.
- Sleep problems.
- Dilated pupils.
- Slurred speech.
- Loss of motor control.
Symptoms vary significantly from person to person and any physical or emotional change should be promptly reported to your doctor after an accident.
Three Degrees of Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury is typically classified as mild, moderate, or severe depending on the extent of the head injury. A mild traumatic brain injury is often known as a concussion. These types of head injuries are common in sports accidents, slip and falls, and minor car accidents.
Moderate traumatic brain injury often requires more extensive treatment and recovery than a concussion. Treatment may be more costly and time-consuming and require multiple types of therapy.
Severe traumatic brain injury can be life-threatening due to the risk of convulsions, seizures, or coma. Patients with severe head injury may also be at a higher risk of developing degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Treatment and Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury
For a mild head injury such as a concussion, the treatment normally involves plenty of rest and time to make sure your condition is not worse than it appears. You may have a head or neck X-ray to make sure there are no bone fractures or spinal instability.
Moderate cases of traumatic brain injury will almost always require some sort of imaging scan to determine the extent of the damage. CT scans are common along with the X-rays. Rehabilitation methods such as speech, physical and occupational therapy may be necessary to regain lost skills.
Serious cases of traumatic brain injury may require oxygen therapy to help stabilize the brain and prevent additional damage. Maintaining good blood flow immediately after the head injury is also important to minimize the damage suffered to the brain. Recovering from a serious traumatic brain injury can a long time and permanent complications are possible.
Filing a Kentucky Personal Injury Claim
The treatment and recovery from a traumatic brain injury can be a long and costly process. When your head injury was caused by the negligence of another you should not have to pay for it yourself.
By filing a Kentucky personal injury claim you can seek damages including past, current and future…
- Medical expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Pain and suffering.
- Out-of-pocket costs.
- Permanent disability.
Depending on the circumstances of your head injury and the extent of your traumatic brain injury, you may be able to pursue a settlement to help you manage your financial and emotional losses. Filing a Kentucky personal injury claim with the assistance of a brain injury attorney may help you and your family to cope with life after a traumatic brain injury.
Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation. Please contact us at 888-450-4456 at any time for more information.