“What Can I Expect After a Traumatic Brain Injury?”
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it could be hard to predict what to expect. TBIs range widely in severity, and can impact people in different ways. These injuries can be debilitating, though for many a full recovery is possible. Others may require assistance with day-to-day tasks for the rest of their life. In the immediate aftermath of a TBI, you may expect to experience:
- Blacking out
- Blurred vision
- Loss of smell
- Ringing in the ears or painful sensitivity to sound
- Loss of memory
- Difficulty concentrating
Depending on the seriousness of your injury, persistent and/or long-term symptoms of traumatic brain injury may include:
- Cognitive issues including trouble speaking and understanding language, as well as difficulty recognizing people, places, and things
- Loss of motor coordination
- Amnesia and other long-term memory problems
- Irritability, aggression, or impulsive behavior
- Mood changes, including excessive anger, anxiety, loneliness, or depression
- Chronic migraine headaches
If you have sustained a head injury and experienced any of the above symptoms, please contact a qualified medical practitioner right away.
If you or someone you love is living with the effects of a traumatic brain injury, our experienced attorneys may be able to help. Taking time to discuss your options with a North Carolina personal injury lawyer could make all the difference in your case. Call 1-800-525-7111 for a free consultation with Riddle & Brantley today.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are different types of traumatic brain injuries, each with its own range of possible medical outcomes. Understanding each of these injuries could be helpful to anyone suffering from a TBI. They include:
- Concussions. Concussions are typically considered the least severe of all brain injuries. In some cases, they are referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries. However, a concussion could have lasting consequences, especially for anyone who has suffered more than one.
- Penetrating Brain Injuries. A penetrating brain injury occurs when a solid object penetrates the brain. The most common cause of a penetrating brain injury is a gunshot wound.
- Coup-Contrecoup Injuries. A coup-contrecoup injury occurs when an impact to the head causes the brain to accelerate and strike the far side of the skull. This results in two different wounds on the brain.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries. A diffuse axonal injury, or DAI, involves a jolt to the brain so severe that it strains or tears the nerves attaching it to the spinal cord.
- Contusions. Brain contusions are also known as bleeding on the brain. When left untreated, this condition could be deadly.
Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury
The first step in treating a traumatic brain injury is to limit any further damage. This begins with efforts to stabilize the patient, reduce pressure on the brain, and limit bleeding. These efforts will also focus on supporting both breathing and circulation. In very serious cases, it may be necessary to remove portions of the skull as the brain swells to prevent further damage. Treatment for traumatic brain injuries could be substantial and ongoing.
TBI treatments can be expensive, and these costs could continue to grow for the rest of your life. Given the potential for lifelong health consequences, our attorneys will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need. The guidance of a personal injury attorney with experience handling these kinds of cases can be a crucial factor in getting you the full compensation you deserve to cover all of your past, present, and future expenses connected to your accident.
Our team has extensive experience with traumatic brain injury claims. In 2020, for example, we recovered $1.6 million for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car while crossing a road as a pedestrian (see disclaimer below).
We will aggressively pursue head trauma claims in order to secure the compensation our clients need.
Talk to Riddle & Brantley About Your TBI Claim
At Riddle & Brantley, our attorneys have more than 220+ years of combined experience fighting for the injured in North Carolina. We are ready to put that experience to work for you and secure the compensation you need to live your best life with a traumatic brain injury.
Do you have questions about the claims process? We have answers. To discuss your options with a traumatic brain injury lawyer, call us today at 1-800-525-7111 for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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*Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.