The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) designates March as a month to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), a significant cause of death and impairment in the United States. This blog discusses TBIs, their effects, and how hiring a skilled attorney can help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury Facts
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect millions of lives every year, resulting from various accidents. In 2020, there were over 64,000 TBI-related deaths in the United States, averaging about 176 TBI-related deaths daily. Research indicates that common causes of TBIs include falls, firearm-related injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and assaults.
Here is the CDC research on these specifics:
- Falls account for nearly half of TBI-related hospitalizations
- Firearm-related suicide is the leading cause of TBI-related deaths in the United States
- Motor vehicle crashes and assaults are other common ways a person may sustain a TBI
TBIs often require intensive medical treatment and long-term care. Treatment costs can be financially devastating, draining savings or even leading to bankruptcy. If someone else caused your injury, you could file a personal injury lawsuit to seek monetary compensation for your losses.
These cases help you get monetary compensation for traumatic brain injuries caused by someone else. If this is your chosen path, the attorney you hire must have the experience to handle your case correctly.
Hiring An Experienced TBI Attorney
In previous blog posts, we have provided tips on choosing the best personal injury attorney for your needs. The advice in that post is relevant when shopping for a TBI attorney, with these additional questions:
- How long have they been practicing law, and how many brain injury cases have they handled similar to yours?
- Have they taken TBI cases to trial?
- How much time is left to file your brain injury case?
- What is the estimated worth of your TBI case?
- What if you’re partially responsible for the accident?
- What are the requirements for proving the defendant’s negligence?
- What is the lawyer’s win rate for brain injury cases?
- Will your case be a priority for the lawyer or law firm?
Evidence You Can Use in TBI Cases
Traumatic brain injuries aren’t as evident as cuts or broken bones, so they can go undetected for years. To make matters worse, even the medical establishment still has much to learn about how head injuries, concussions, and TBIs affect health. With that being said, evidence in a traumatic brain injury case could:
- Medical images (CT scans, MRI scans, or X-rays)
- Brain mapping, diagrams, or computer simulations
- Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring to determine brain swelling
- Diagnostic tests evaluating mental, physical, and cognitive functions
- Witness testimonies from eyewitnesses and TBI experts
- Medical experts’ opinions
- “Before and after” witnesses who can testify about how the injury has affected your life
- Testimony from mental health experts, such as psychologists and psychiatrists
A traumatic brain injury can affect cognitive and physical functions, personality, and memories. Such changes can be devastating for you and your family, not just financially but emotionally, as well.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury and need help seeking compensation, contact our office today for a free consultation. We are dedicated to supporting you in your pursuit of justice and we don’t get paid to lose. Visit our website or call 863-709-8500 to contact us today.