Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be caused by many things such as accidents, a stroke or exposure to chemicals. Technically, a TBI is any type of trauma that injures brain cells, and unlike other physical injuries, damage to the brain is sometimes not easy to see. Symptoms may take weeks to months to appear and they are often difficult to diagnose.
TBI is divided into two main categories, mild and severe. Mild TBI symptoms may include:
- Headaches (ranging from mild to debilitating)
- Memory retention issues
- Mood swings
- Sudden attention deficits
Severe TBI symptoms include many of the mild TBI symptoms as well as:
- Severe emotional problems
- Physical disability
- Speech loss
- Comatose states
Brain injuries are extremely serious and will always require immediate medical attention. It is important to understand that even a minor concussion can lead to permanent cognitive and behavioral issues. Unlike most body organs, the brain cannot heal itself by regenerating new cells.
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases Need Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
The causes of a TBI are many, such as a road or workplace accident, medical mishap, exposure to toxic chemicals and many others. While the number is hard to assess accurately, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there could be as many as five million Americans living with disabilities caused by a TBI. Nearly 50,000 people die from these injuries every year.
Traumatic brain injuries are considered so potentially devastating that in 1993, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 654 in order to better protect its citizens by forming the Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Advisory Board. With this act, the state recognized how life-altering such an injury can be.
Traumatic Brain Injuries are as abrupt as they are debilitating. These injuries often cost people their livelihoods and overall quality of life. Any change in brain function can dramatically hurt someone’s job, their family and their ability to take part in their community. In addition, recovery can be a monumental challenge for the individual and the people that love them. The potential loss of income and the inability to pay medical bills is another trauma no family deserves.
Unlike a broken leg or arm, the brain impacts personality so changes in an individual may be striking and permanent. It is important that if you have suffered some sort of brain injury, no matter how minor, you or your loved one is evaluated by a health care provider as soon as possible.
Contact Us For Help
Many victims of brain injuries will never be the same, and even brain death is a possibility. It goes without saying that a brain injury is physically, emotionally and financially devastating.
Complex injury cases like TBI deserve the best possible legal support, and the Palmintier Law Group can help. We have successfully resolved many cases for people who continue to suffer from the lifelong, life-changing effects of such an injury. Call us today at 225-325-0275 to discuss how we can help.