Few events impact lives like a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The recovery process is long, and many TBI victims never regain the cognitive skills they possessed before the accident. They often prove fatal. In a worst-case scenario for a TBI survivor, victims require constant care in a nursing home or similar facility.
If a TBI is caused by someone else’s negligence, a Newport News brain injury lawyer at Rutter Mills will protect your interests and hold those responsible for the TBI accountable.
Common TBI Causes
Any situation in which the head strikes another object violently can cause a TBI. While motor vehicle accidents are a primary cause of TBIs, they are far from the sole culprit. TBIs frequently result from:
- Firearms injuries
- Sports injuries
While ordinary bad luck accounts for many head injuries, an affected individual may file a personal injury lawsuit against a party whose negligent behavior caused the TBI. For example, a person may slip and fall in a supermarket because no signs indicating a wet floor were posted.
The effect of a TBI depends on the severity of the injury. Concussions are a mild form of TBI and can result in symptoms including:
- Memory issues
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Personality changes
Most people recover from a concussion within a few weeks, but for some, the effects remain much longer. This interferes with their ability to work, care for their families, and participate in normal activities. Unfortunately, if another concussion occurs before the initial concussion heals, death may occur in what is known as second impact syndrome.
Those with moderate TBI suffer similar symptoms, but the headache does not dissipate. They may also experience:
- Pupil dilation
- Difficulty awakening
- Coordination problems
- Fluid draining from the nose
- Slurred speech
- Other neurological issues
The long-term effects of a serious TBI include aphasia, the inability to communicate. They may not prove able to follow conversations or recognize loved ones. Some serious TBI victims may remain in a coma for a while, or permanently.
What to Do After a TBI
After a blow to the head, it is critical to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Obviously, an unconscious person needs emergency care, but those with lesser injuries may not even realize they are behaving in an abnormal manner.
Besides a physical examination, a TBI diagnosis involves tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans.
Contact a Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered a TBI because of another party’s negligence, your life changes forever. Schedule a free consultation with a Newport News brain injury lawyer at Rutter Mills by completing our online form or calling or texting today. For over 50 years, we have helped clients coping with TBIs receive the compensation they deserve for their injury. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win.