Not all head injuries lead to brain trauma, but those that do can lead to a lifetime of consequences. Mild traumatic brain injuries can cause memory loss and depression. A moderate injury can profoundly alter your ability to work and live independently. Severe injuries can result in coma and death. Medical treatment, rehabilitation, specialized equipment, and continued care may cost millions. At Huber Thomas & Marcelle, we stand up for your rights after a traumatic brain injury. We can help you get the compensation and security you deserve.
What are the causes?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from a violent blow or jolt to the head, oftentimes leading to skull fractures. It's a serious public health issue in the U.S. We know that at least two million people suffer from these traumas each year. This number is probably higher, though, since so many TBIs go unreported.
The most common causes include:
- Falls, which mostly affect people under four and over 65 (young children and older adults)
- Motor vehicle crashes, representing over 25% of TBIs in people ages 15-44
- Assault, affecting about 10% of people ages 15-44
What are the characteristics?
Symptoms of the different types of traumatic brain injury vary, but all of them are life-changing and can be catastrophic.
From a mild brain injury, you may experience:
- Increased risk of cognitive issues, such as depression
- Loss of memory
- Mood changes
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Blurred vision
- Sleeping issues
- Problems with speech
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Changes in blood pressure
Moderate to severe TBI can also lead to:
- Loss of consciousness
- Damage to the brain
- Persistent, unremitting headaches
- Convulsions and seizures
- Loss of coordination
- Cognitive impairments, like profound confusion and combative behavior
- Slurred speech
In the most severe cases, a TBI can lead to a persistent vegetative state, coma, or death.
Can you recover?
If you believe you've suffered from major head trauma, it's critical that you get treatment immediately. The sooner you get treatment, the faster your healthcare team can prevent any worsening of symptoms.
Your next step is to talk to a personal injury lawyer if it occurred:
- In the workplace
- During a car or bicycle accident
- Because of a defective product
- During another situation when another person was at fault
An attorney can help explain what legal options you have available in these cases.
For the majority of people, recovery is possible with specialized therapy and medical care. Treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms, and may last years. Other victims, unfortunately, will never fully regain their previous physical and mental abilities.
What is the average settlement?
By speaking with our New Orleans personal injury attorneys, you can determine the best way to approach your case. If someone else is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. This can help you cover the costs of:
- Lost wages
- Continued medical care
Settlement amounts for traumatic brain injuries vary. In the past, juries have awarded our clients millions for severe TBI cases.
Find help with Huber Thomas & Marcelle
Our team at Huber Thomas & Marcelle can help you make sense of the complex legal process and provide support after a life-changing event. We work closely with expert medical witnesses to calculate a fair settlement. These experts can attest to the physical, work-related, and mental damages an injury has on your life.
At Huber Thomas & Marcelle, we pride ourselves on our excellent trial success record. In many cases, you don't pay anything unless we win your case. Don't hesitate to give us a call to discuss your situation.