The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) reports approximately 1.7 million cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur in the U.S. every year. It’s further estimated that 5.3 million people live with a disability caused by TBI in the U.S. alone. There are about 235,000 hospitalizations for TBI every year, which is more than 20 times the number of hospitalizations for spinal cord injury.
Brain injuries are typically caused by three things:
A blow to the head
A penetrating head injury that interferes with brain functioning
A jolt that causes the brain to hit the front, back, or both front and back of the skull that causes bruising.
Traumatic brain injuries are often catastrophic consequences of motor vehicle accidents, bicycle and motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of another motorist. The law firm of Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty has over 30 years of experience settling and litigating brain injury cases in Ohio. In brain injury cases, we work with a team of top legal, medical and vocational experts to determine the cause of an accident, the severity of injuries, and how those injuries will affect a person over the course of a lifetime.
Those who suffer skull fractures, loss of consciousness and/or coma typically are diagnosed as severe injuries, with obvious hysical impairments that are easily verified. Because they have suffered objective physical injuries, their resulting impairments are readily accepted as having been caused by the initial impact.
Closed head injuries present unique challenges in litigation since they often demonstrate no obvious external symptoms of injury, even though the damage to the brain can be just as severe.
Effects of Traumatic Brain injuries
Beyond memory loss, some of the physical and medical consequences that may result due to TBI include:
Decreased muscle control, paralysis or weakness;
Seizures, occurring immediately after impact or that are latent for months or even years after the initial trauma;
Sensory losses, including difficulty speaking or swallowing;
Loss of motor control or weakness of one arm or leg;
Changes in intellectual functioning;
Personality changes – moods and emotions;
Loss of functioning on one side of the body, known as hemiparesis-oor balance and decreased endurance;
Loss of ability to plan movements of arms or legs and poor coordination;
Poor or little sleep;
Lack of attention.
Medical Care Required for Brain injuries
The diagnosis of a brain injury is usually made based on psychological testing, imaging scans (such as CT scans and MRIs,) and observations. If you suspect any injury, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Medications for brain injury treatment may include anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, stimulants, anticonvulsants and anticoagulants. Therapies needed for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and treatment include:
One significant hurdle after traumatic brain injury is memory loss. The mind’s capacity to receive, store and retrieve information is affected. Loss of short-term memory is more common than the loss of recall for older information. One may remember a birthday or childhood event, but can’t remember what happened in a T.V. show that they have been watching or what happened a few pages earlier in a book they are reading. This can have devastating effects on one’s ability to function in daily life.
Financially Devastating Injuries
Brain injuries are expensive injuries, causing not just expensive medical and hospitalization bills but loss of earning capacity due to disability. A 2015 article from Northwestern University revealed the lifetime cost of treating a brain injury can run from $85,00 to $3 million. For those adults that suffer a brain injury, the unemployment rate two years after diagnosis is 60 percent. Many people who had productive, successful jobs are simply no longer able to work. For their spouses and children, the financial impact from loss of income may be devastating.
If your accident was caused by the negligent actions of another person or party, you may be entitled to compensation under Ohio law. Brain injury lawsuits seek to recover all accident-related medical expenses and future care, lost earnings and pain and suffering.
More than 30 Years Experience & Hundreds of Millions Recovered
The law firm of Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty has over 30 years of experience settling and litigating brain injury cases in Ohio. In brain injury cases, we work with a team of top legal, medical and vocational experts to determine the cause of an accident, the severity of injuries, and how those injuries will affect a person over the course of a lifetime. We offer a free consultation for brain injury victims and their family members to review a potential case for legal options and applicable time limits for filing claims also known as the statute of limitations. To talk to an attorney, call us at 614-222-444 or toll free at 877-706-6446.