A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can greatly impact the lives of victims and their loved ones. Depending on the severity of the injury, victims may suffer permanent damage that can affect their ability to live a normal, independent life.
If you or your spouse has suffered a TBI, you might be searching for answers to some very important questions, such as: What exactly is a TBI? Can we be compensated for physical and emotional suffering? How do we start a claim?
Traumatic brain injuries can cause a variety of physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms in different levels of severity. Although you may not be able to reverse the effects of a traumatic brain injury, you may be eligible for compensation to help ease the burdens.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury refers to a head injury that disrupts the brain’s normal functioning. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of a TBI. A TBI can also result from a slip-and-fall incident, and other types of trauma.
Roughly 75% of traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild. Yet, even a mild TBI can result in problems with coordination, light and sound sensitivity, seizures, nausea, fatigue, mood changes, memory loss, and some cognitive impairment.
Some people who experience a mild TBI can eventually make a full recovery and go back to their regular quality of life.
Moderate to Severe TBIs
The symptoms of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries typically present themselves within the first few days following an incident. Some symptoms may include depression, regular nausea and vomiting, difficulty speaking or walking, confusion, irritability, combative behavior, and clear fluid draining from the eyes or nose.
TBIs can be somewhat difficult to diagnose because symptoms may not present themselves immediately following an accident. They also do not show up on x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. Even if your spouse did not directly have a blow to the head, the whiplash caused by an auto accident could result in bruising or a hemorrhage in the brain. This makes it of the utmost importance to always seek immediate medical attention after an accident.
What Compensation Can We Expect By Filing a Claim?
When it comes to personal injury cases, there are two types of damages that you may be eligible to receive compensation for: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are quantifiable. Some examples of economic damages are the cost of damaged goods or property, lost wages or earning capacity, and the cost of medical treatment incurred due to the injuries caused by the incident.
Non-economic damages are not as easy to quantify. Some examples of non-economic damages include reduced quality of life, mental and emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Loss of consortium refers to the effect that the injuries have on the marital relationship.
In addition, maintaining accurate medical records that document the effects of the injury from the day of the accident is crucial to filing a compensation claim.
How Do TBI Compensation Claims Work?
As every personal injury case is different, no two claims will follow the same course or timeline. It is highly advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney as early as possible after a traumatic brain injury. They will take a look at the potential negligence that caused the brain injury, and outline all of the potential options.
A majority of TBI compensation claims are settled before trial. Your attorney may help you negotiate an appropriate settlement that compensates you for the medical costs, loss of income, and the pain you and your spouse has suffered.
When Should You File A Claim for Compensation?
You should file for compensation as soon as possible after an accident. Personal injury cases have a specific statutes of limitations. As a result, the longer you wait to file a claim, the more difficult it may be to receive compensation. If your spouse has been injured in a car collision or any other incident in Connecticut, and is suffering from a TBI, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at AHC Injury Law. We will fight to get you the just compensation you deserve for the damages, injuries, and lost wages your family has incurred. For a free consultation, contact us online today.