Do I Have a Brain Injury Case?
A mild concussion, while still a serious brain injury, may not warrant significant legal action on behalf of an accident victim except, perhaps, an insurance claim to recover treatment costs and other damages after your accident.
On the other hand, a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) – whether caused by a closed-head injury or a penetrating injury – may give rise to significant legal action. You may be entitled to seek compensation for long-term care, significant medical costs, and other serious damages.
Damages may be available in cases where someone else’s reckless or careless behavior caused you or your loved one’s traumatic brain injury. This includes motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, and other types of accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A severe TBI can affect multiple functions you rely on every day.”
The following functions can be affected by serious brain injuries:
- Cognitive Function – attention, memory, and related functions.
- Motor Function – coordination, balance, strength.
- Sensory Function – senses like hearing, sight, touch.
- Emotional Function – anxiety, changes in personality, aggression, depression.
As a result of the loss of function in one or more of the above areas, a victim’s quality of life can change drastically due to a brain injury. It might become difficult to maintain steady employment or pursue other interests. It can even become impossible to perform normal daily tasks as a TBI survivor. The extremely high costs associated with treating a brain injury can cause further devastation for you and your family.