Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Their Aftermath
If you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Washington or elsewhere, chances are your life is changed forever. A major public health issue, about 1.7 million Americans suffer a TBI each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov).
If a TBI occurs due to the negligence or fault of another, it's wise to get a Washington personal injury lawyer involved. Traumatic brain injuries are not only serious and difficult injuries to manage — they are also costly, require much care, and are the cause of lost and future wages and pain and suffering.
Brain injuries range from mild to severe. Outcomes can vary from short loss of consciousness, coma, cognitive deficits, language processing issues, difficulty speaking, difficulty understanding, problems with reading or writing, vision and hearing issues, and various physical issues.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Although the media currently focuses heavily on athletes and concussions, traumatic brain injuries happen outside of sports as well. Other causes of TBIs include:
- Military injuries ("blast wounds")
- "Shaken baby" syndrome
- Severe whiplash
- Blow to the head
- Gunshot or knife wound
- Blunt object
A TBI can be a closed or open head injury.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
You should always take a bump or violent shake to the head seriously. Symptoms of TBIs include:
- Memory difficulties
- Problems focusing
Contact a Tacoma personal injury attorney if you or someone you love suffers a traumatic brain injury due to someone else's negligence. Because TBIs can be catastrophic, you and your family deserve compensation to help you through this next and difficult chapter of your lives.