Traumatic brain injuries (hereinafter “TBIs”) have significant
and long term effects for people recovering from accidents involving head
injuries; their families often suffer as well. Some families even have
to endure the death of a loved one who has suffered from a catastrophic
head injury. This too presents unique burdens on families.
Experienced Newburgh personal injury attorneys empathize with victims and
families of victims who have suffered from TBIs. Our attorneys are fully
aware of the types of problems that occur as a result of TBIs. We also
know that the incident leading to the injury could have been prevented
had the offending party not acted negligently.
TBIs are caused when an external force comes into sudden and violent contact
with the head or body of an individual. A motorist’s head colliding
with a dash board, for example, can cause a TBI. In this example, there
will be two collisions; the initial collision between the body and the
interior cabin of the vehicle, and secondly, there is a collision between
the brain and the interior of the motorist’s skull. Additionally,
TBIs can occur even if there was not direct contact with a person’s
head; a victim’s head can be rocked back and forth violently enough
so that the only collision was that which occurred inside the victim’s head.
In addition to the ways in which blunt force trauma cause TBIs, sharp force
trauma causes brain injuries as well. Sharp force trauma occurs when a
sharp object penetrates the brain. Examples include knife injuries, glass
injuries, and injuries resulting from explosions that send debris projectiles
through the air.
Whether the injury was due to blunt force trauma or sharp force trauma,
the severity of a victims injuries fall within one of three basic categories;
mild, moderate, or severe. You should know that even short periods of
unconsciousness, dizziness, or disorder that may be medically considered
as “mild” can have significant long term effects; so just
because your harm is “mild” it does not mean that you are
not injured or that you do not deserve compensation.
As mentioned above,
motor vehicle accidents can and do lead to TBIs. Additionally, slipping and falling can cause
a TBI, even if your head did not make contact with the ground, so long
as the impact was strong enough to cause your brain to come into contact
with the interior of your skull. Being assaulted by another person can
cause a TBI, as can blows to the head while working at a construction
site. Any number of injuries can result.
Victims of TBIs experience the physical pain of the impact, whether it
is from the blow itself, of the after effects of the injury which can
be chronic migraines. On the extreme end, death can occur, one step lesser
is permanent paralysis, or temporary paralysis. Lost sight, memory, and
hearing may occur. The victim may end up suffering from depression, mood
changes, anxiety, or thoughts of suicide. Cognitive impairment may occur as well.
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