What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
An aspect of personal injury law that some may be unfamiliar with is traumatic brain injury, or TBI. TBI is defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as being “caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” For both medical and legal purposes, TBI’s are categorized in two levels of severity: mild (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) and severe (an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury).
Find out how Adams Law Firm can help you if you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A general rule of thumb is that loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes indicates a mild TBI while those who have suffered a severe TBI will be unconscious for longer than an hour. Symptoms for a mild TBI include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Trouble balancing
These symptoms can also be present in a severe TBI along with:
- Clear fluid draining from nose or ears
- Extreme loss of coordination
- Pupil dilation
When to Call a Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries are among the most devastating events a person or family can experience. It can leave people physically and emotionally drained. The decision to hire an attorney can seem daunting, but it’s a crucial step that will give you the best chance to receive the compensation needed to pay for medical bills or recoup lost wages. If the TBI was caused by the negligence of someone else and could have been prevented, it’s imperative to contact an attorney. The attorneys at Adams Law Firm are experienced in this area of the law and are ready to help you.