Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI – St. Louis Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Almost half of all reported TBI’s, Traumatic Brain Injuries, are the result of a car accident. The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., will fight to get the compensation you need and deserve.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are responsible for a number of deaths and permanent disability cases each year. Over half of these traumatic brain injury cases are attributed to car accidents. Many TBI’s are mild, causing concussions. While other TBI survivors face life-changing effects that leave them disabled.
What is a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury is a head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI are caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head and can also be the result of a penetrating head injury.
In a car accident, trauma to the brain can occur if the skull hits something inside the car, such as a windshield or steering wheel. There may or may not be an open wound to the skull. In other auto accident cases, the sheer force of the vehicle being hit can cause the brain to strike the inside of the skull. This can happen if a head that is moving stops too quickly. This type of car accident injury can cause a contusion, or bruising of the brain, and brain hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain. When injuries like this occur, there may or may not be visible signs at the time of injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a wide range of physical and psychological effects of a traumatic brain injury. There may be immediate signs and symptoms, while others may take days or weeks to appear. TBI’s can be placed into two categories, mild traumatic brain injuries and moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness up to a few minutes
- Dazed, confused, disoriented
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling of drowsiness or fatigue
- A difficult time sleeping
- Sleeping more than normal
- Loss of balance or dizziness
In addition, a person may experience sensory symptoms such as ringing in the ears, blurred vision, bad taste in the mouth, or changes in smell. Mental or cognitive symptoms can include problems with memory or concentration. Changes in mood and depression or anxiety.
If a car accident victim suffers a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, they may have have any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, as well as the following. Again, it may take a few hours or even days for some of these to appear.
Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness up to many hours
- Serious headache or one that worsens
- Definite vomiting and nausea
- Seizures or Convulsions
- One or both pupils dilated
- Clear fluid draining from ears or nose
- Numbness or weakness in fingers and toes
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
If you are involved in an auto accident and suffer any type of head injury, seek immediate medical care. Even a mild traumatic brain injury needs prompt medical attention. Additionally, if you wait to have a head injury looked at, the injury to the brain can become worse.
Traumatic Brain Injury Car Accident
It is estimated that 50,000 people die each year from traumatic brain injuries, while an additional 230,000 are hospitalized for TBI’s. Of those that survive, an estimated 90,000 suffer long-term disabilities from their injury. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries.
While not all TBI’s are equally as serious, a head injury should be examined by a doctor. However, it is important to note that TBI’s are not always initially diagnosed as such. So if you or a loved one are in a car accident but begin to experience any TBI symptoms later on, contact your health care professional.
Contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI in a car accident due to another’s reckless or negligent behavior, this may result in medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and long-term medical treatment. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we will help you understand your legal options and the best strategies for full and fair compensation from an auto accident or truck accident claim.
St. Louis Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love have been involved in a car accident, you no doubt have questions and concerns. Call us today at (314) 361-4242 to schedule your free initial consultation. You will speak with an experienced car injury attorney, and you will not pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.