Why Settlements Can Be High in Traumatic Brain Injury Accidents
Traumatic brain injury accidents can be devastating, creating life-long disabilities. When another person’s negligence causes an accident that results in traumatic brain injury, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for damages.
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
According to the Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. It can also happen when an object pierces brain tissue, such as a shattered piece of skull or bullet.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Some brain injuries are mild, yet others are severe. In addition, symptoms can appear immediately. Or, they may take days or weeks before manifesting.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Mild traumatic brain injuries often occur with the following cognitive symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- No loss of consciousness but a dazed or confused mental state
- Problems with memory or focus
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
- Excessive sleeping
Physical symptoms may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes in taste and smell
- Extra sensitivity to light or sound
Moderate/Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
When brain damage is moderate to severe it can result in:
- Loss of consciousness that lasts minutes or hours
- Worsening or persisting headache
- Long lasting vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizure
- Dilated pupil or pupils
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Coma or other consciousness disorders
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Loss of coordination
- Numbness in fingers and toes
A person with severe TBI typically is not able to live a normal life. They often need continuous care due to problems that last a lifetime. The condition can affect all facets of the person’s life along with the lives of their family members. Day-to-day caregiving and medical treatment are costly.
Rely on an Experienced Attorney
Having an experienced lawyer at your side is crucial when pursuing a traumatic brain injury case. The Office of Michael R. De La Paz has decades of experience and helps clients throughout the state whether you live in Tyler or Lubbock or some other Texas location.