Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), whether “mild” or severe, can have far-reaching and long-lasting ramifications for victims.
Causes and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls and vehicular accidents account for most TBI hospitalizations. Injuries can be physical, ranging from headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, to vision impairment, chronic pain, and paralysis; cognitive, including memory issues, inability to concentrate, disorientation, and impaired decision-making and judgment; and emotional, which may manifest as depression, irritability, and significant personality and behavioral changes.
Per the CDC, severe TBIs also render a victim more vulnerable to epileptic seizures, future Alzheimer’s disease or other brain disorders, and a shortened life span.
Some brain injuries are immediately obvious. The victim is in a coma, their skull is fractured, or swelling or bleeding on the brain shows up on imaging tests. But many TBIs occur at a near-microscopic level, frequently evading initial detection. In addition, symptoms sometimes take days or weeks to appear.
Additionally, not every TBI requires a blow to the head. For instance, whiplash can cause the brain to bounce off the inside of the skull, but no external blow was delivered. To dispel another myth, a person does not have to lose consciousness to suffer a TBI.
Many people fully recover from “mild” TBIs. However, various studies indicate that 10 to 20 percent will have lasting effects after one year — some for the rest of their lives.
Claims adjusters and insurance defense attorneys frequently attempt to minimize the extent of brain injuries. If you are a victim of negligence, seek prompt medical attention and contact a personal injury attorney to safeguard your interests.
Contact An Attorney If You Suspect You've Suffered A TBI
If you suffered injuries, you might be entitled to damages. An experienced vehicle accident attorney can provide the guidance you need to build a successful claim. It’s important for people to remember that dealing with an insurance adjuster without the help of an attorney might cost you. It is the goal of insurance companies to pay out as little as possible. Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden knows how insurance adjusters work, and he will fight to get you what you deserve.