Traumatic Brain Injury Causes and Symptoms
Contact Our Seattle Brain Injury Lawyer for Help Filing a Case
There are many injuries that can be brought forward in a personal injury lawsuit. One of the most serious is a traumatic brain injury — which is often impossible to recover from. Although many brain injury survivors may recover some functionality with rehabilitation and other expensive medical services, they may still be unable to work or return to their old way of life. Brain injuries are financially and emotionally costly for accident survivors and their family members for these reasons.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, then it is crucial to get in touch with a Seattle brain injury lawyer for assistance as soon as possible. Attorney Zach Herschensohn has experience with serious injury cases involving car accidents, slips and falls, work accidents and maritime injuries. As an experienced attorney, he has also successfully pursued claims against municipal entities. You can read more about his successful cases on our website.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Unlike other personal injuries, a traumatic brain injury, also called a TBI, is measured more by the severity of the injury than the cause. Still, the cause remains important for determining fault.
Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car and commercial truck accidents
- Slips and falls that result in a head wound
- Violence, such as blunt force trauma
- A gunshot wound to the head
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and more commonly scooter accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Workplace Injuries
- Maritime Injuries
It’s important to note that a traumatic brain injury does not always occur with an open head wound or skull fracture. Because of this, it can be difficult to diagnose a brain injury until it’s already too late to treat.
Understanding the Severity of a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are many levels of severity when it comes to traumatic brain injuries — but they are mainly sorted into mild and severe.
A case is considered mild if the loss of consciousness lasts for less than half an hour. The majority of traumatic brain injuries are mild, though victims could experience symptoms for more than a year.
Signs of a mild traumatic brain injury include:
- Excessive sleep
- Drastic changes in mood
- Problems with coordination
- Problems with sensory inputs like smell or taste
- Difficulty formulating thoughts
Signs of a severe traumatic brain injury include:
- Fluid draining from the ears
- Dilated pupils
- Severe depression
- Irritability or combative behavior
- Bouts of nausea and vomiting
- Extreme loss of consciousness
Brain injury complications may persist for many years after the initial injury occurred. For instance, some brain injury survivors suffer from aphasia, a condition that affects the ability to speak and understand language. Additional complications include impaired executive function, issues with short and long-term memory, and problems with coordination or movement.
Building Your Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
The long and short-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be severe. Even though the physical ramifications can’t be seen, they can affect every portion of your life, from where you work to how you move around.
In order to win a traumatic brain injury lawsuit, you’ll need to prove that someone else’s negligence caused your damages. First, you must show they owed you a duty of care. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, you can rest assured that all drivers have a duty of care to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the roadway.
Next, you must show that the defendant in question failed to provide that care. Finally, you must prove that your injury was a direct result of the defendant’s negligence.
If you win your case, you could be eligible for compensation for lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, shock and mental anguish, loss of reputation and emotional distress.
Contact an Experienced Seattle Brain Injury Lawyer for Representation
Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence? It’s time to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced Seattle brain injury lawyer for assistance and representation at Herschensohn Law PLLC by calling (206) 588-4344.