A traumatic brain injury typically occurs when the head suffers a blow, bump, or jolt. When the brain suffers trauma in an accident, the person can be in critical condition. If the damage was severe, they could be unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate. This can be incredibly difficult if this has happened to someone in your family. You want to make sure they’re getting the care they deserve, and a major part of that will be medical expenses. When these bills pile up, you may be stressed over the financial responsibility. If the brain injury was caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another, you may have grounds to file a claim with the help of a Morris brain injury lawyer.
Our attorneys at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP understand that you’re going through an extremely difficult time. You’re trying to balance many important things at once. You don’t need to do it all on your own. With our lawyers at your side, you’ll know your case is in capable hands. We’ll work diligently to get your loved one full and fair compensation. This includes the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of normal life and past and future lost earnings.
When Negligence Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury
When an individual or corporation fails to prioritize safety and they put others in danger, an innocent person could suffer a brain injury.
This can occur in the workplace, like a construction site. Construction workers are often around heavy machinery, power tools, and can be far off the ground on ladders or scaffolding. If companies cut corners and workers aren’t taught to use the tools properly or aren’t given safety equipment like hard hats or fall-protection, then they’re at risk of a brain injury if an object hits them or if they fall. This can also occur when a company fails to coordinate the work of multiple contractors.
Traumatic brain injuries can also occur on the road. If someone is involved in a car or truck accident, they could hit their head against the window or steering wheel or even be ejected from the car, which can cause a brain injury among other serious injuries. Negligent drivers who are distracted, aren’t paying attention or are driving while intoxicated could cause an accident that results in a TBI. Motorcyclists are also at risk of getting a TBI because they don’t have the protection or structure that a car has.
Our lawyers in Morris are experienced in handling cases involving TBIs. While investigating the scene or facts of the occurrence, we’ll search to find the answers of how the other party acted negligently and how their actions resulted in your loved one’s injury.
How a Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Your Health
A TBI can be mild or severe and sometimes life-threatening. But if the TBI is mild, this doesn’t mean the injury is free of dangerous consequences. Getting to a doctor as quickly as possible for a diagnosis will help determine the severity of the injury and treatment can begin.
Some of the symptoms that indicate a mild TBI include:
- Blurry vision
- Headaches and dizziness
- Trouble with speech, hearing, concentration, and memory
- Change in demeanor
If the brain injury is worse than mild, the symptoms can be more severe:
- Unable to wake up
- Constant headache
- No coordination
- A numb feeling in arms or legs
- Repeated nausea or vomiting
After getting treatment, TBI patients may deal with other issues that can last many years after the accident. TBI patients can develop psychological issues like depression and anxiety. These long term effects present their own set of problems that will likely require some form of treatment.
When someone is in therapy for depression, anxiety, or another psychological issue, they may not know how long they’ll need the care. They could require weekly sessions or daily medication. These costs can add up over time and could make someone face the difficult decision of affording their mental health care or keeping up with other payments. Unfortunately, when someone doesn’t prioritize their mental health or feels they cannot afford to take care of it, the person’s mental health issues could affect everyone and everything in their life.
The Morris attorneys at our firm understand that mental health treatment and physical treatment are equally important. You or your injured loved one should have access to both. When we fight for your compensation, we take all parts of the injury you sustained into account, including treatment for mental health.
Get Help from an Experienced Lawyer
When a TBI has affected you or a loved one’s ability to work or participate in everyday activities and hobbies, you deserve to find a way to get justice. While TBI cases can become incredibly complex, our experienced injury lawyers will do everything possible to prove liability and fight for favorable compensation. This includes consulting with experts to further understand the accident, your diagnosis, and explaining the severity of the TBI.
One of our lawyers will meet with you in a free consultation to go over what happened to you or your loved one. All you have to do is give our firm a call. If we represent you, we will do all we can to help you to find a way to move forward.