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About Traumatic Brain Injuries in North Carolina
Traumatic brain injury is a significant cause of disability and death in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and nearly 50,000 of these TBI victims die from their injuries. More than 5 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability. Those who survive often discover that brain injuries can impair their ability to work and their interactions with others. Some find that they have lost the ability to concentrate and they suffer from mood swings and depression. Other victims are unable to care for themselves following a brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by sudden, physical damage from an external force. This impact can temporarily or permanently impede normal brain functioning.
The initial symptoms of a TBI may include:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are divided into two main classifications:
- Open head injury (penetrating trauma)
- Closed-head injury
An open head injury indicates the skull has been fractured or the membranes that surround the brain have been broken due to the force of the impact. A foreign object such as a shard of broken bone, a bullet or a nail from a nail gun entering the skull can cause a penetrating brain injury. Penetrating injuries can damage cognitive function, cause loss of coordination, affect vision or hearing or cause depression or anxiety.
An open head injury is extremely serious and can require surgical intervention to remove pieces of the skull and insert synthetic replacements.
A concussion is the most common type of closed head injury. A blow to the head may cause the brain to bounce back and forth inside the skull, leading to temporary chemical changes in the brain and bruising. A person who has a mild brain injury may develop post-concussion syndrome, involving effects such as headaches, dizziness, irritability, difficulty thinking and paying attention and memory problems.
Closed-head injuries do not cause the skull to crack. But a closed-head injury can be just as severe as an open head injury. Both forms of impact on the brain may result in mild to severe damage.
Treatment for traumatic brain injuries varies according to the specific injury. The first order of business is to stabilize the patient and prevent brain swelling that can cause additional damage. In patients who have a traumatic brain injury, doctor may drill a hole through the skull and insert a monitor to measure intracranial pressure caused by brain swelling. Once the patient is out of immediate danger, MRI and CT scans are used to determine the extent of the brain injury.
After the acute care phase, a brain injury survivor may spend weeks in rehabilitation re-learning basic functions.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a number of different situations.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Violent attacks and gunshots
- Construction accidents
- Defective products.
- Shaken baby syndrome
While traumatic brain injuries have many different causes, falls and motor vehicle accidents are the leading causes. After a car accident or fall in which you struck your head, you should go to the doctor for a thorough evaluation. It is important to tell the doctor that you have been in an accident.
Traumatic Brain Injury in Car Accidents
Motor vehicles accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, 28 percent of people who suffer a TBI sustained their injuries in a motor vehicle crash, and nearly half of the TBIs that necessitate immediate medical care are due to traffic accidents.
A TBI suffered in a car accident can range from a mild concussion that clears up with rest, to severe brain damage that causes lasting disability or premature death.
You can suffer a TBI in a car accident due to the extreme forward and backward movement from the sudden impact of a crash. It can also result from your head hitting the windshield, steering wheel or any part of the car with great force. Airbags, which deploy with force, can also cause head injuries. Children and small adults are more likely to be injured by an airbag.
A moderate or severe brain injury will require a lengthy and costly recovery. If another driver caused the crash that resulted in your injury or your loved one’s injury, you should seek legal guidance about your legal options.
Seeking Compensation After a TBI
You may have a right to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.
Most people who are coping with a brain injury and dealing with an insurance company on their own or on behalf of an incapacitated family member will have little leverage for negotiating with an insurance company for full compensation. An experienced TBI lawyer who has handled catastrophic injury cases can make all the difference.
At Hardison & Cochran, our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience representing people struggling with serious injuries. We will:
- Investigate your case to determine all the potentially at-fault parties and the insurance policies available to provide compensation.
- Calculate the full costs and losses associated with your injury and what a reasonable settlement amount should be to cover all your present and future expenses and losses.
- Submit a demand letter to the insurance companies and handle all aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery.
- Present your case in court if necessary.
North Carolina imposes strict deadlines on filing personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits. If you do not file a lawsuit within the time allowed, you may lose your right to seek compensation. It is important to contact an experienced Raleigh TBI attorney promptly so that we can get to work investigating your case.
Contact an Experienced Raleigh Accident Lawyer
Hardison & Cochran has pursued compensation for accident victims and their families in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina for more than three decades. Our goal is to help you pursue a maximum financial recovery after a serious accident such as a traumatic brain injury.