Fighting For Justice For Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
Scientists do not fully understand brain injuries because they can be very serious but in different ways. Many things about them remain unknown. But one thing is certain: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can change your life. At Bowen Ten Long & Bal, PC, our lawyers understand the complexities of brain injury claims, and they are experienced in helping clients in Virginia get financial resources when someone else is at fault.
How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen?
A TBI is what happens when something damages your brain. TBIs are very serious injuries, even fatal at times. Some people refer to brain injuries as concussions, which can be quite serious as well. You could get a TBI if you hit your head, if an object pierces your skill or even if your body gets a strong jolt without actually hitting your head.
TBIs are common in these kinds of accidents:
- Car crashes, even at low speeds
- Accidental falls or near-falls
- Sporting events, especially high-impact or extreme sports
If you get a TBI because another person was being irresponsible or because they hit you on purpose, you might be able to file a personal injury claim. A successful personal injury claim can hold the person who hurt you responsible for their actions. You may be able to recover money to help you pay your medical bills and cover other costs that you accrued as you recover. You may even be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you went through because of your injury.
Brain Injury Symptoms Don’t Always Appear Right Away
Symptoms of a TBI can affect your body, your senses and how your brain works. Symptoms that you might notice after an accident can include:
- Body: Headaches and nausea, passing out, dizziness and sleepiness, difficulty speaking and balance issues
- Senses: Sensitivity to light and sound, vision problems, ringing in your ears, and smell and taste issues
- Brain: Confusions, foggy brain, difficulty with focusing and memory, and uncommon mood swings
The dangerous thing about TBIs is that you can feel fine for a while after getting one. But even though you feel fine, there may be damage in your brain that could be getting worse. That’s why it’s so important to go to the hospital any time you hurt your head or think you could have hurt your head, like after a car accident. The sooner a doctor can start treating your injury, the smaller your chances of having lasting damage to your brain.
The Effects Of A Traumatic Brain Injury Can Last A Long Time
No matter how bad a TBI is, the effects of one can stick around for a while – maybe even for the rest of a person’s life. Researchers have found out that people who get TBIs can experience the following things long after getting hurt:
- Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Permanent changes to their personalities or moods
- Being more impulsive than they were before their injuries
- Having problems in their relationships with their significant others, family members and friends
Brain injuries have always existed, but professionals are only beginning to understand how they affect people long-term.
Talk To A Personal Injury Attorney Today
The Virginia law firm of Bowen Ten Long & Bal, PC, has a proven track record of success handling TBI claims. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or TBI, our team can help you find out what your legal options are and give you support while you recover. To schedule an appointment to meet with one of our experienced attorneys, call our office at 804-767-6850 or fill out an appointment request form online.