Dealing With Traumatic Brain Injuries
The human brain is a much more fragile organ than the average person realizes. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are all too common, and most people are not aware of just how significant they can be in terms of affecting one’s quality of life. If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI due to the negligence of another person, it can even feel more unfair. You may be able to seek compensation for the medical bills that the injured person is no doubt accumulating quickly.
Statistics & Symptoms
A traumatic brain injury occurs after a jolt or sudden blow to the head causes damage to the brain. They can be as mild as a slight concussion, or they can be so severe that they affect personality or mobility or put someone directly into a coma. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) states that approximately 1.7 million TBIs occur in the United States each year, with over 5 million people living with disability or injury caused by a TBI. The AANS also reports that while estimates vary, at least 50 percent of TBIs annually can be traced back to a motor vehicle accident as the cause.
TBIs, even so-called “mild” ones, may require a period of rest and recuperation, which can lead to problems with employers and family members who may have to adjust their routines to care for an injured family members. You or your family member will also be accumulating medical bills that will need payment. If you sustain a TBI in a motor vehicle accident, your personal injury protection insurance (PIP) may cover up to 80 percent of your bills, but if your injury comes via other means, you may have no recourse except to bring suit against the person who allegedly caused your injury.
The majority of those who sustain TBIs are male, but but anyone may possibly sustain one, and they are particularly lethal to very young children and the elderly. If you or a loved one has experienced a TBI, it can be difficult to detect because many of its symptoms mirror other conditions, especially in older people – for example, breathing problems, lethargy and nausea/vomiting are very common in a host of conditions, but all three together can point to a serious TBI.
Be advised that in order to establish that your loved one has actually suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may require the testimony of a medical expert witness, usually a healthcare professional, specifically because TBIs are quite difficult to diagnose. This can be costly, and it can sometimes be difficult to find an expert who is able to specifically establish not only the nature of the injury, but also the changes to quality of life that the victim may experience.
Can A Tampa TBI Attorney Help You?
Because traumatic brain injuries can be so life-changing, it is crucial to enlist an experienced Tampa brain injury attorney to help guide your case through the courts. The legal process can be intimidating, especially if you have never gone through it before, and the Rinaldo Law Group can put their experiences to work for you. Contact our office today for a free consultation.