Traumatic Brain Injury in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Personal injuries sustained in accidents or as a result of negligence or malice range in severity from temporary injuries such as sprains, lacerations, whiplash, and broken bones to permanent, catastrophic injuries including spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.  Traumatic brain injury, or TBI affects an estimated 1.7 million people annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Though most traumatic brain injuries are concussions or other forms of mild TBI,  traumatic brain injury accounts for more than thirty percent of all injury related deaths. Because of the possible long term effects and the potential for fatal injury, it is critical that anyone who sustains a head injury or strong blow to the head seeks immediate medical attention for the injury.  If the injury was caused by another's negligence or recklessness, finding an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer handling TBI cases is a crucial step in recovering financial compensation for medical expenses and other damages associated with the injury. Traumatic brain injury is any head injury that causes damage to the brain.  Most frequently, this damage is caused by a forceful blow to the head, but piercing injuries, such as the brain being penetrated by a bullet or skull fragments, can also cause TBI.  Common causes of TBI include sports injuries, automobile accidents, falling objects, and falls.  The three age groups most likely to sustain a TBI include children aged 0-4, teens aged 15-19, and adults aged 65 and older.  Among young children and senior adults, falls are the most frequent cause of traumatic brain injury; in all other age groups, TBI is most frequently caused by car accidents. Though severe traumatic brain injury can have the most profound and lasting effects on injured people, studies show that repeated mild TBI, such as frequent concussions sustained by athletes, can have a cumulative effect.  Short term symptoms may include headaches, nausea, blurred vision, and loss of memory, but TBI often carries long-term, permanent pain and disability.  Serious brain injury may effect:

  • Cognitive function - thinking, memory, reasoning, and attention
  • Motor function - coordination, balance, weakness in the extremities
  • Sensation - vision, hearing, impaired perception
  • Emotion - depression, anger, mood swings, anxiety, impulse control, personality changes
According to the CDC,  "Approximately 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability and the consequences of severe TBI can affect all aspects of an individual’s life. This can include relationships with family and friends, as well as their ability to work or be employed, do household tasks, drive, and/or participate in other activities of daily living."  If you or someone you  love is suffering the long-term effects of a serious brain injury, you may be able to receive compensation from those responsible for causing or contributing to your injury.