Recovering Damages For A Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects 1.7 million people in the United States annually and is a contributing factor in one-third of all wrongful deaths.
As a personal injury lawyer representing the victims of accidents, attorney Evan M. Altman recognizes that TBIs are among the most debilitating and deadly of all accidental injury types. Because this field of personal injury law is so complex, not all personal injury lawyers are qualified to represent TBI victims.
Attorney Evan M. Altman, however, has successfully represented clients who have suffered TBIs due to the negligence of others and the family members of those who have died as a result of TBI-related injuries. His experience in this highly specialized area of personal injury law is an enormous benefit to his clients and has resulted in substantial settlements.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
According to the CDC, a traumatic brain injury is “caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” Consequently, a TBI can be caused by or during any of the following types of accidents:
- Car crash
- Motorcycle collision
- Slip and fall accident
- Animal or dog attack
- Falling object
- Construction site accident
- During an assault
- Any type of accident in which the head can be impacted or pierced
You may not even be aware that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury until hours, or even days, after the traumatic event. If you’ve been struck in the head, or your head has otherwise been injured, you should seek medical attention immediately.
In addition to being crucial to your physical wellbeing, the information that the doctors discover immediately following the TBI incident may be crucial to the success of a personal injury lawsuit.
Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
According to the Mayo Clinic, all of the following can be a symptom of a TBI:
Mild TBI Cases
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
- Memory or concentration problems
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears or a bad taste in the mouth
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Sleeping more than usual
Moderate To Severe TBI Cases
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
- Profound confusion
- Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Loss of coordination
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. If you are a northern Georgia resident, and you have suffered head trauma due to the negligence of another, contact Atlanta’s Evan M. Altman, Attorney at Law immediately.