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The Basics of Pursuing Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when a person receives a sudden and violent blow to the head or when an object pierces the skull and damages brain tissue. TBIs can result from car crashes, slip and fall accidents, assaults, and other incidents. Severe TBIs can cause long-term, debilitating symptoms. Victims of TBI are often burdened by overwhelming medical expenses and left unable to work. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, a personal injury claim may help you recover compensation for your damages if another party’s negligent actions led to your accident.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury

The brain is responsible for a wide range of crucial body functions, including sensory information processing, memory, thought, muscle movement, and the regulation of breathing and blood pressure. When the brain is damaged, the results can be catastrophic. TBI sufferers may experience headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, inability to concentrate, memory problems, changes in mood, and more. In severe TBI cases, the sufferer may experience these symptoms as well as vomiting, seizures, slurred speech, numbness, inability to awaken from sleep, loss of coordination, and cognitive impairment. A concussion is a common form of TBI that can vary significantly in severity. Some people suffer a concussion and do not even realize it. Others, especially those who develop post-concussion syndrome, may experience incapacitating symptoms for weeks or months after the injury-causing incident.  

Damages Available in a TBI Case

If your traumatic brain injury was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Through a personal injury claim, you may receive reimbursement for medical expenses related to the injury such as prescription medication, diagnostic tests, surgery, and hospitalization. Compensation for future medical costs, lost income due to missed work, and reduced earning capacity may also be available. You may also be reimbursed for non-economic damages such as your pain and suffering.
Determining who is liable for expenses incurred by a TBI is not always as straight forward as you may imagine. A personal injury attorney experienced in handling complex TBI cases can help investigate the circumstances that led to your injury, examine the evidence, and consult with experts in order to determine the at-fault party. In some cases, a distracted or drunk driver may have caused a collision that resulted in your head trauma. In other situations, a negligent property owner who did not clear a sidewalk caused you to slip, fall, and hit your head. 

Contact a Greenwich, CT Personal Injury Lawyer

A traumatic brain injury can leave a person with debilitating symptoms that leave him or her unable to work, perform daily living tasks, or even enjoy life the way he or she could before the injury. At Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC, we help traumatic brain injury sufferers pursue compensation for the economic and non-economic harm caused by their accident. To learn more about how we can help you, call our office today at 203-661-6000. Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a diligent Metro New York traumatic brain injury attorney at our firm today.



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