Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious public health problem in the United States. These injuries can range from mild to severe, and the outcomes are varied based upon the seriousness of the initial injury. In addition, some TBI symptoms may not appear immediately, and long terms complications are possible. As a result, people who sustain a TBI due to another’s negligence may be entitled to significant compensation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle or traffic accidents, events where people are struck by or against foreign objects, or assaults.
The side effects a person may experience after sustaining a TBI depends on how serious the initial injury was. TBIs range in severity from mild, such as a concussion, to severe, such as an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after sustaining an injury. The most common kinds of side effects that people experience after a TBI include problems with:
- Cognitive functions such as reasoning or memory
- Changes in sensory perception
- Difficulty communicating or understanding
- Mood swings
In addition to these issues, TBIs can also cause epilepsy and may increase the risk of an individual developing age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Because the effects of a TBI can range so significantly, it is important to have a full medical evaluation immediately following an accident that could cause injury. In addition, make sure that you report any new or ongoing symptoms to your physician to ensure that there is an official record of the problems you are experiencing. From a legal perspective, it is extremely important to make sure that you can demonstrate that any side effects that you are experiencing are directly attributable to the accident that caused your TBI. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, you should also retain the representation of an experienced Coweta County brain injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. A personal injury attorney can help you determine who may be liable for your injuries and also can assist in making sure that you do not inadvertently waive any rights when making statements to authorities or insurance companies.
Contact a Coweta County TBI attorney for a free consultation
If you have been involved in an accident that resulted in a TBI, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated Coweta County personal injury attorneys who are committed to obtaining the best possible result for the clients we represent. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call us today at (770) 487-8999.