Can the Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury Be Reversed?
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on January 16, 2020 in Personal Injury News
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when the normal functioning of the brain is interrupted because of a blow to the head or penetration from an external object.
The effects of a traumatic brain injury can often be life-altering, but there are times when people make a full recovery and do not suffer life-changing problems. One of the keys to trying to prevent long-term damage is to seek prompt medical attention after an accident.
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury because of another’s negligence, call Lynch Law Firm to find out how a New Jersey brain injury lawyer may be able to help.
How Effective Can Treatment Be?
Some people may make a full recovery after concussions or other mild TBIs. However, even though there have been advances in medicine for treating these injuries, in most cases, there is little that can be done to reverse the effects of a serious TBI.
The long-term effects of a TBI will vary based on several factors, including:
When Treatment Was Sought
One of the biggest predictors of how a TBI will affect a person is how quickly he or she sought medical care. The earlier they receive treatment, the better their chances of preventing further damage and long-term problems. Improvements in emergency care have substantially increased survival rates for severe TBI victims.
Nature of Impact to the Head
Multiple or severe hits may cause more severe TBI’s.
Age of the Victim
The age of the victim often influences how a TBI will affect the victim in the present time and in the future. TBIs in newborns, toddlers and teenagers often result in brain swelling. TBIs tend to cause behavioral and mood changes in people between 20 to 40 years of age. Older victims may suffer from more cognitive problems when they sustain a TBI and are less likely to have a full recovery after a serious injury.
Genetics can affect whether a person completely recovers from a TBI and how quickly this recovery occurs.
How a TBI Can Impact Your Life
Many TBI victims must adapt to serious physical and cognitive challenges. Their future may be completely different from what they envisioned. Moderate to severe TBIs can result in permanent physical or mental disability. These injuries may prevent a person from being able to return to work. Additionally, TBIs may make it difficult to complete normal life functions like eating or bathing.
Additionally, TBIs can affect a person’s cognitive function. They may find it more difficult to concentrate on things or to remember. Their relationships with family and friends may change. In some situations, TBI victims become completely dependent on their caregivers.
Some of the more common physical and behavioral effects of a severe TBI include:
- Physical paralysis
- Loss of gross or fine motor skills
- Chronic pain
- Vision problems
- Loss of control of bowel and bladder functions
- Difficulty thinking and remembering
- Difficulty with concentration
- Memory problems
- Development of sleep disorders
- Problems with executive functions
- Difficulty talking or expressing ideas
- Slurred speech
- Reading comprehension problems
- Difficulty engaging in social activities
Compensation for Future Treatment
If your TBI was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the medical bills that you have already incurred because of the accident. Additionally, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for future treatment and medical expenses, rehabilitation, caregiver expenses and prescription medications.
Other types of compensation that may be available in a TBI claim include:
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Lost companionship
- Property damage
If your TBI was caused by an intentional act like an assault or the defendant’s reckless conduct, you may be able to request punitive damages. This type of damage is intended to punish the at-fault party and prevent others from committing similar acts in the future.
Contact Lynch Law Firm for Help
If you or a loved one suffered a TBI, the experienced brain injury lawyers at the Lynch Law Firm offer a free consultation. We understand the life-altering effects TBIs can have on victims.
If we find you have a case, we are prepared to fight to recover the maximum amount of compensation that may be available for your claim, including the cost of future treatment.
Call an experienced lawyer today. (800) 518-0508