Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is commonly sustained in a catastrophic accident but not all the time. Even a minor car crash or slip and fall hitting your head on a hard surface can cause a life-long traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury is also known as brain damage, head trauma, or concussion. If you or a loved has sustained a traumatic brain injury, the expenses involved for medical care and treatment alone can be highly costly. Not only is this type of injury a physical and financial burden on the victim and their families, but it also brings an immense emotional toll due to the severity and complexity of the injury. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you will need experienced and personalized help from a personal injury attorney in order to get adequately compensated for your losses. Your attorneys at Borkovic Law Group have vast experience in representing clients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, and have effectively recovered favorable compensation for their losses. You do not have to go through these difficult times alone. Call us today for a free consultation at (727)798-5291.

Causes of TBI

Brain injuries can result from various incidents such as vehicular accidents, slip and falls, getting hurt on the job, and more. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following incidents are the top causes of traumatic brain injuries:

  • Slip and falls
  • Unintentional blunt trauma – for example, you get hit on the head by a falling item from a construction site.
  • Motor vehicle accidents – they account for 14% of brain injuries, and they are also responsible for 26% of all deaths related to traumatic brain injury.
  • Physical assault – about 10% of all brain injuries were caused by violence.

Medical malpractice – failure to properly monitor a patient, or accidental oxygen deprivation during a medical procedure may result in serious brain damage.

Types of TBI

Blast Injury – A blast injury is a head injury that results from an explosion.

Closed Head Injury – A closed head injury is a traumatic brain injury in which the skull remains intact. These injuries can be extremely serious and result in a concussion, brain bleed, pressure on the brain, or other trauma. Common causes include slip and falls, blunt force, and car accidents in which the impact causes the head and neck to jolt forward or backward, causing the brain to strike against the skull. Closed head injuries are the most common type of traumatic brain injuries.

Penetrating Head Injury – A penetrating head trauma involves a fracture or break in the skull, often against the ground or by a foreign object.

TBI Symptoms

Brain injuries are quite more common than many people realize, and the real danger is that they often go undiagnosed. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.5 million people suffer a brain injury each year. Of those, 85,000 suffer a long term disability, and 50,000 result in death. Severe brain and head trauma can impair physical and cognitive functions or even place the victim in a coma. Even minor accidents or “low impact” accidents can cause serious brain injuries, and that is why it is very important to recognize the following signs and symptoms in order to diagnose a traumatic brain injury as quickly as possible:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of balance
  • Headaches
  • Changes in vision
  • Changes in hearing
  • Changes in smell
  • Changes in taste
  • Slurred speech
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sleep issues
  • Emotional changes such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, etc.

Serious clinical study conducted at Boston University has shown People who suffer repetitive head injuries experience increased symptoms of depression and a greater risk of cognitive decline as they age. Those with a history of repetitive head injuries and TBI that resulted in a loss of consciousness reported higher levels of mental health problems, including depressive symptoms.

If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury or is experiencing any of the above symptoms after being involved in some type of accident due to the negligence of another, call one of your attorneys at Borkovic Law Group to help guide you through this process and fight for you. We can be reached at (727)798-5291.