Every 23 seconds in this country, another accident victim suffers brain trauma. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention defines a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain.
A TBI (also referred to as a closed head injury, or concussion) can have devastating, long term impact on victims and their families. Because the brain literally defines who we are, a brain injury affects every aspect of the victim’s life. Unlike broken bones or torn ligaments which heal, or can be repaired surgically, brain injuries never fully heal. Recovery from a TBI is a functional recovery. Because no two brain injuries are exactly alike, the consequences of each brain injury is unique.
Accident victims who suffer these debilitating injuries are facing a grueling, uphill battle. Victims of a TBI often require months, or years, of rehabilitation therapy just to be able to perform basic tasks. In the most extreme cases, the aftermath of these “invisible injuries” is long-lasting, leaving the victim permanently disabled.
WHAT CAUSES TBI?
A traumatic brain injury is the result of a sudden blow, penetrating head injury, or violent shaking of the victim, causing the brain to impact the inside of the victim’s skull. A traumatic brain injury can occur even without loss of consciousness and can produce life-altering symptoms.
At The Bonfante Law Firm, P.C., we know firsthand, the devastation that results from traumatic brain injuries. We make it our mission to deliver aggressive representation for victims of these horrific personal injuries and their families.
SYMPTOMS OF A TBI
While the symptoms of a TBI may appear instantly, in some cases, the victim of a TBI will not show any signs of the injury for days – or even weeks – after the trauma. Long term complications of a traumatic brain injury include:
Behavior problems: commonly referred to as executive function impairments. These can impede the victim’s ability to engage in gainful employment, care of him or herself, or participate in normal healthy relationships;
Change in personality and irritability;
Cognitive disabilities: such as difficulty concentrating, organizing thoughts and/or processing new information. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can become easily confused and flustered; they routinely experience trouble in planning, problem solving and basic decision making;
Respiratory distress: including complications in lung functioning;
Communication problems: such as difficulty forming simple sentences, or finding the appropriate words to describe and/or express thoughts;
Numbness in the extremities;
Paralysis: partial or complete;
Coma or vegetative state;
MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR TBI
Treatment for brain injuries are often long, protracted and extremely costly. It is crucial to seek the appropriate medical treatment for any traumatic head injury immediately. Proper medical care in a timely fashion is crucial to the victim’s long term recovery. While every patient’s needs are unique, treatment includes:
Diagnostic testing and evaluation;
In the more serious cases, specialists from different disciplines are required to work together and coordinate the appropriate patient care.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Personal injury lawsuits involving traumatic brain injuries can be extremely difficult and emotional for all parties involved. That is why it is so important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in brain injury cases. At The Bonfante Law Firm, P.C., we fight tirelessly to find out who or what caused the injury; we will do whatever is necessary to see to it that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.
CONTACT A BRAIN INJURY LAWYER RIGHT AWAY
At the Bonfante Law Firm, P.C. we will obtain your records, and hire medical experts to conclusively determine if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury. If the TBI is the result of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to recover significant money damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and the cost of any future care.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY DEATH
If your loved one has died as the result of a traumatic brain injury, CLICK HERE to learn more about wrongful death cases. The victim’s family may be entitled to significant financial compensation by way of a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact us right away to schedule your free consultation today.
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Aggressive Representation: I will negotiate with the other side when it is in your best interest, or fight them in court – all the way to trial if necessary – to deliver justice.
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Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
Make out an accident report stating your version of what happened.
Do not – under any circumstances – sign anything,
including any accident or incident report(s) made out by someone else.
Do not allow anyone to take a recorded statement from you until you contact us.
Take pictures of your injuries (cuts, bruises, burns, scarring, stitches, staples, etc.).
Take clear color photos showing whatever caused your accident from several different angles,
and varying distances in daylight.
If you have not already done so, get to an emergency room to be examined immediately
so that the appropriate tests can be performed to determine the extent of your injuries.
Contact your family doctor right away to get prescriptions for any necessary pain medication,
as well as referrals to see the appropriate specialists (i.e Orthopedist, Neurologist, Chiropractor, Physical therapist, etc.).
See to it that you get the appropriate diagnostic tests (such as X-Rays, MRI’s, or CT-Scans)
performed before too much time passes. The doctors or other health care providers who examine you
will be able to inform you which test(s) are applicable based on the symptoms you are experiencing.
If you are unable to work due to your injuries, get a letter of disability
from your treating physician(s) and/or chiropractor.
Keep track of any time you missed from work as a result of your injuries, as well as your lost wages.
Keep track of any out of pocket expenses you incur related to your injuries (co-pays, deductibles, etc.).
Keep a log or journal, to record the frequency of your treatment, as well as the pain you are experiencing,
making sure to note all of the specific parts of your body that hurt, along with the frequency and severity of the pain.
Do not speak to anyone about your case until you consult with us to protect your rights under the law. We will consult with you at no cost or obligation, to see if you have a case that is worth pursuing. Then we will advise you as to the available options and give you our professional opinion as to which strategy is best suited to your particular case.
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