Many accidents result in serious injury or even death. Depending on the type, there is a good chance the victim will suffer a traumatic brain injury. This holds true with everything from a slip and fall to a car accident.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a closed head injury. It occurs when the head suddenly impacts with another item, such as the ground or the dashboard. TBIs can be temporary and heal quickly, or they can affect how the body moves, requiring ongoing medical care and rehabilitation. The treatment for a TBI can be expensive and lengthy.
How Do I Know if I Have a TBI?
A head injury can be a challenge to diagnose since the true extent of the injury does not always reveal itself immediately. In this case, normal testing – such as CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays – could come back negative.
If you believe you have any type of head injury, regardless of the seriousness, it is important to receive immediate medical attention. You may suffer from some or all of these symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Speech difficulties
- Memory impairments
This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to receive immediate medical care following an accident. Even if you feel fine, it is possible that the symptoms of an injury will not show up until later. If you notify the medical professionals that you hit your head during the accident, they can monitor you for brain changes, as well as a TBI.
Immediate medical care helps you connect the injury to the accident too. Otherwise, if you try to pursue legal action later on, they could claim that you experienced the injury elsewhere.
Who is Responsible for My Costs Following a TBI?
It is not always easy to determine who is responsible when someone experiences an injury, leading to a TBI. A TBI can occur from any type of an accident including a slip and fall, car accident, truck accident, or pedestrian accident. The details of the accident, and whether anyone was negligent, can help determine who is at fault.
Negligent behaviors might include distracted driving, driving under the influence, driving without a legal license, or even speeding. If you believe that your TBI is due to negligence, then you may want to reach out to a lawyer. A lawyer can evaluate the details of your case and determine whether you should pursue compensation through a personal injury claim.
Reach Out to a TBI Lawyer Today
If you find yourself in this position, dealing with a TBI, you should contact an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer who is familiar with the complex laws surrounding this type of injury. Over the years, we have handled cases related to every type of head injury. Contact us if you have been injured and are in need of assistance.