The Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Getting in any sort of accident, however serious, can be overwhelming and possibly even life-changing in many ways. Issues can arise post-accident, medical expenses and costs can add up, you could be unable to work which will affect your income, relationships and your overall quality of life can also be negatively impacted. If the accident involves a traumatic brain injury, whether it be from a fall, blunt force trauma, or a lack of oxygen to the brain, there are very real consequences that can be both debilitating and long-term.
At Murphy Falcon & Murphy, we have fought dozens of personal injury cases and we have seen what can happen to people’s lives after being in an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. When facing such a life-changing situation, our personal injury lawyers want you to know that you can trust in our team to provide the service and dedication you need. We can help you file a claim and will fight hard for your case to ensure you get the results you deserve, which can include financial damages to help cover medical bills, therapy, and more.
Life-Changing Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
TBI can generally be classified as either mild or severe. Here is a quick look at the differences between the two types of injuries.
- Mild TBI: Even when MRI or CAT scans are normal, a person can still be diagnosed with a mild TBI. Symptoms include headaches, difficulty thinking, memory problems, difficulty focusing, mood swings, and frustration. To be classified as mild, loss of consciousness, confusion, or disorientation lasts no longer than 30 minutes.
- Severe TBI: A severe TBI is when a person has been unconscious for longer than 30 minutes or has difficulties remembering things for longer than 24 hours. Symptoms of a severe TBI include cognitive impairments, a loss of cognitive function, or even a comatose state. These symptoms can result in a range of issues, including loss of arm or leg movement, speech impairments, and emotional problems. People who sustain severe traumatic brain injuries are more likely to experience long-term effects and consequences.
Whether you have sustained a mild or severe TBI, you can seek help from a personal injury law firm that will help you get the financial support you need and deserve.
A Closer Look at Severe TBI
Severe brain injuries have a wide range of effects on the mind and body, both short-term and long-term, including:
Memory and Reasoning: When serious enough, these thinking impairments can be classified as amnesia; or a person may have a hard time making decisions and thinking objectively about a problem or situation.
Sight and Balance: There may also be sensation impairments, which can lead to further problems, such as falls or issues with vision.
Communication and Understanding: One of the more obvious impairments may be with a person’s speech or language. Communication and other interactions between people may be strained, patients may have difficulty expressing themselves and understanding what others are saying.
Depression and Anxiety: Effects that can be incredibly challenging to deal with are emotional impairments. These can range from depression to aggression or acting out in social situations.
Other Consequences of TBI
Motor Deficits and Disabilities
When the brain is injured, it can have widespread effects on how a person functions. Effects can include paralysis or uncontrolled movements, problems carrying or grasping objects, vision problems, inability to recognize objects, thinking and remembering, and problems with relationships. As you can imagine, these problems can have significant effects on a person’s quality of life. They may have a hard time maintaining relationships, taking part in social situations, being unable to enjoy recreational activities that they once loved, or even being unable to keep a job.
Loss of Income
When physical disabilities are severe, it often means that the person can no longer work. Whether their job requires physical work that they can no longer perform, or if impairments are having an effect on how they interact with people, if they are no longer able to focus, if they can’t drive to work — not working ultimately means that there is no longer an income. While disability income is a possibility, for some, not working can lead to a host of other issues, such as depression, feelings of low self-esteem, or a loss of purpose in life.
Effects on Relationships
Both personal and professional relationships can suffer for a variety of reasons, whether it’s speech impairments, taking anger and frustration out on people, or simply a loss of connection due to depression. When relationships suffer, it can lead to many other issues or even a deepening depression or feelings of anxiety.
The personal injury lawyers at Murphy Falcon & Murphy have years of experience working with people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and we have what it takes to get you the financial and emotional support you need. Here is how we can help:
- Help prepare documents that prove pain and suffering.
- Ensure that documents are filed on time and accurately.
- Research the case to determine who is responsible.
- Navigate the court process and procedures.
- Utilize a variety of outside relationships, such as expert witnesses.
- Advise you on various courses of action.
- Guide you through the negotiation, mediation, and trial.
- Help you get the greatest compensation possible.
It can be immensely challenging having to face the initial stress of a traumatic brain injury, let alone the many short- and long-term physical, emotional, and financial consequences that can occur. At Murphy Falcon & Murphy, we are passionate about getting you the help you need and deserve, whatever form the help may take.
If you have sustained an injury, don’t wait to get in touch with a personal injury law firm. If you live in the Baltimore area, please get in touch with our team today. We will look at the details of your case and determine the best course of action. You can count on us to fight hard for your personal injury case.