One injury commonly sustained in catastrophic accidents is a traumatic brain injury. Unlike with broken ribs or limbs that can heal and be restored to regular function, depending on the nature and severity of the TBI you may not be able to recover and get back to doing the same kind of work you were doing before the accident. A good personal injury attorney knows how to assess the impact that a traumatic brain injury might have on your present and future earning power and they will make sure that you receive fair compensation for your losses.
The Centers for Disease Control considers TBI to be a serious public health problem in the US. In 2010 2.5 million people suffered traumatic brain injuries in the U.S., which can include a jolt or a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury.
What are some of the after effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
We’d love to be able to give you a complete bulleted list of the symptoms and behaviors to look out for after someone has suffered from a brain injury, but every individual case is different. You might suffer from emotional mood swings that range from happiness to blind rage. You could also experience personality changes, difficulties with using language, amnesia and your senses as the brain tries to heal after the injury.
Getting compensation for present losses and reduced future earning power
If your accident was the result of negligence on the part of another, you can claim monetary compensation to cover all of your current medical expenses, the costs of your ongoing care in the days to come and for your reduced earning power. You may also be able to get compensation for your pain and suffering and punitive damages if the negligence was especially egregious.
If the after effects of your brain injury have caused personality changes, memory loss, cognitive challenges or diminished physical strength or coordination, you will most likely not be able to return to the same work you were doing prior to your accident. A TBI could mean the end of your professional career. You have suffered enough from the trauma and pain of the injury; do not lose your lifestyle and financial security due to someone else’s negligence.
This is why it is critical that you meet with an experienced Knoxville personal injury attorney who will fight for your right to a fair and equitable settlement. We can review your case, and let you know what options are available to you given the facts of your case.