Head and Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an outside force either causes the brain to move within the skull, or when a direct blow to the head causes the skull to break and injure the brain. Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head, such as a whiplash force, can also cause the brain to move back and forth inside the skull, pulling nerve fibers apart and damaging brain tissue.

Head and Brain InjuriesAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States are caused by falls and traffic related crashes. The largest percentage of TBI related deaths are caused by motor vehicle and traffic incidents.

Traumatic brain injury is a broad term that encompasses different types of head trauma such as concussion, contusion, diffuse axonal injury, and closed or open head injury. TBI is classified as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of damage to the brain. Anyone with signs of TBI should receive immediate medical attention.

 

A person who has suffered a TBI may or may not experience a loss of consciousness, coma, or semicomatose state. Symptoms can include headache; confusion; lightheadedness, dizziness or problems with balance; visual problems such as blurred or double vision, intolerance to bright lights, or tired eyes; ringing in the ears or hearing difficulties; lethargy, fatigue, or sluggishness; changes in sleep patterns; behavioral or mood changes such as irritability, frustration, or inappropriate crying or laughing; slurred speech or difficulty with speaking or swallowing; loss of coordination; weakness or numbness of the extremities; restlessness or agitation; and cognitive difficulties such as problems with memory, concentration, judgment, attention, or a slowed thought processing speed. TBI can result in functional long term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language and emotion.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should be fully compensated for your losses. These can include the medical expenses that you incur for treatment and rehabilitation, your lost wages, pain and suffering, the diminution of your future earning capacity, future medical monitoring and treatment, and a life care plan for long term assistance.

At the Law Offices of Catharine Kroger-Diamond, we are experienced in representing victims of TBI. We understand the difficulties you are facing, and we recognize the effects that changes in your personality and ability to function will have on your education, job performance, and relationship with your family and friends. We have the skills and resources to make sure that every aspect of your injury, treatment, rehabilitation, lifestyle changes, and long term residuals are conveyed to the insurance company and/or the jury to ensure that you receive maximum compensation.