Anytime you take a blow to the head, there is a chance that you suffered a brain jury. Brain injuries can be dangerous and must be examined by a doctor. There are two types of brain injuries: traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and non-traumatic brain injuries (NTBI). Both head injuries can range from mild to severe; or from a headache to a high-level concussion or a coma.
TBI incidents have become increasingly common over the past decade or so. From 2007-2013, emergency room from TBI visits doubled, hospitalizations from TBI increased by half and deaths from TBI increased by a third. A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that in 2013 there was 2.5 million TBI-related emergency visits, 282,000 TBI-related hospitalizations, and 56,000 TBI-related deaths. The top three ways TBI occurred were falls, being struck by or against an object, and motor crashes.
Types of Brain Injuries
The two types of head injuries you can suffer are traumatic brain injuries and nontraumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are considered any head injury suffered from accidents or assault or any blow that damages the head. The injury can range from minor to severe.
Nontraumatic brain injuries are injuries to the brain that are not caused by a blow to the head. Many of these cases deal with a child that’s learning development has been slowed due to the paint on a toy. The child consumes the illegal paint in some way, which affects their brain development.
Most Common Ways To Suffer TBI
Anytime you suffer a blow to the head, there is a chance you suffered a TBI. While these injuries might be common for a football player or boxer who repeatedly takes blows to the head, they might not be common for the average person. If you are involved in an incident where you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, you should seek medical attention immediately. The following is a list of common scenarios during which the average joe might suffer from a TBI.
- Car accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
Even if you were not involved in any of the mentioned accidents, any blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury. If you have taken a blow to the head due to someone else’s reckless behavior, contact one of our attorneys.
Most Common Symptoms of TBI
If you have hit your head before, you are familiar with the fog that can come over you for a few minutes. Your vision may become blurred, you might feel light-headed, and sometimes you might have a headache. Below are some symptoms you should look out for if you have injured your head in an accident.
- Sleep Issues
- Balance Issues
- Mood Damages
- Blurred Vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Memory Loss
There are two different ways to prove liability for brain injury case; negligence and product liability. There are a few different factors that go into proving negligence and product liability.
In order to prove negligence in a brain injury case the following must happen.
- The law must require the defending party to be reasonably careful
- The defendant must fail to act with reasonable care
- The defendant’s action was the cause of injury
- The plaintiff suffers injuries and/or losses that are measurable under the law
Some steps our team of experts would take when proving a TBI was caused by an accident are:
- Distracted Driving – Our team of attorneys will try to prove that the defendant was distracted while they were driving. For example, is the defendant was using their cell phone while driving, they will be held liable for any injuries that the plaintiff incurred.
- Impaired Driving – Impaired driving is when the accident is caused as a result of the defendant being impaired in any way; most commonly as a result of drugs or alcohol. In order to show evidence of this our team will request intoxication reports to show the defendant’s level of impairment.
- Defective Product – The defective product sector covers any TBI caused by a product that has a defective design, manufacture, or marketing to support their claim.
Proving product liability requires fewer steps, but can be more difficult to prove. When proving that product liability caused a brain injury, you must be able to prove that the defective product caused the injury. For example, a led paint toy causing a child’s brain development to be slowed. A doctor can assist in proving this by evaluating the child’s progress and determining that there are no other factors that could be a factor in the child’s slow development.
If you have been involved in an accident that caused a TBI or NTBI, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of expert attorneys, former doctors, and former insurance agents can help get you the highest possible reward for your injury. A brain injury can cause lifelong damage and sometimes death. Contact us today and we will get you the compensation you deserve.
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