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Suffering From a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Lafayette?

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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

As defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury.

TBIs can have an unimaginable impact on a victim and their family, damaging one’s quality of life and financial stability. With as many as 2.8 million people affected each year, 50,000 of whom die, TBIs happen every day and are often the result of carelessness.

If you’ve suffered a TBI or lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s careless actions, it’s important to know that you have legal rights. The traumatic brain injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux in Lafayette, Louisiana, may be able to help you file a claim to recover compensation for your losses.

Symptoms of Mild and Severe Brain Injuries

Ranging from mild to severe, TBIs can have serious symptoms that can threaten your health and even your life if left untreated. Unlike other injuries, symptoms of a TBI may not appear for days or weeks after the traumatic event, so it’s vital to seek medical attention after suffering any blow or jolt to the head.

Here is a breakdown of the Mayo Clinic’s physical and psychological signs and symptoms of mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries:

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Commonly known as “concussions,” mild TBIs occur the most frequently, but are still serious head injuries that should receive prompt medical attention. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a mild TBI include:

Physical:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness or a state of confusion or disorientation
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Speech problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing ears
  • Light or sound sensitivity

Psychological: 

  • Trouble remembering things or concentrating
  • Feelings of depression or anxiety
  • Swift changes in mood

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

While all concussions are considered to be TBIs, not all TBIs are considered to be concussions. Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries may include the signs and symptoms of a mild TBI, or concussion, in addition to the following symptoms:

Physical: 

  • Loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours
  • Convulsion or seizure
  • Dilation of one or both pupils
  • Fluids draining from the nose or ears
  • Loss of coordination
  • Weak or numb fingers and/or toes
  • Persistent vomiting or nausea

Psychological: 

  • Severe confusion
  • Agitation or unusual behavior
  • Slurred speech

Complications of Traumatic Brain Injuries: Has This Happened to You?

The severe complications often associated with traumatic brain injuries can be disabling and even deadly. These conditions can linger for upwards of a few months, and usually require lengthy and expensive treatment.

If you’re suffering from one of these complications or any serious complication after a TBI caused by someone else’s negligence, please give our traumatic brain injury attorneys a call to discuss your legal rights.

In severe cases, a TBI can result in a prolonged or permanent change in a victim’s state of consciousness, awareness, or responsiveness. Complications can include a coma, minimally conscious state, or other forms of altered consciousness.

Brain injury victims may suffer seizures as a complication in the beginning stages of their TBI or even years after the event.

After a TBI, some victims suffer from increased pressure and swelling in the brain as a result of a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid.

When the skull is fractured or suffers a penetrating injury, the layers of protective tissue that surround the brain may be torn, allowing the brain to be subject to bacteria and infection. If not properly treated, an infection can spread to the nervous system and lead to other serious and life-threatening complications.

During a traumatic brain injury, blood vessels in the brain can be damaged, leading to strokes, blood clots, and other health complications.

Persistent headaches are a common complication of TBIs. They can start immediately, days, or even a week after the injury and last for several months. Although this is a typical complication of TBIs, frequent headaches can cause months of pain and agony for the victim that make it difficult to work and do everyday activities.

Another common complication of TBIs, vertigo is a condition that causes disorientation and dizziness.

Individuals who suffer TBIs at the base of the skull may experience cranial nerve damage. This serious complication may have life-changing effects including but not limited to paralysis of facial muscles, an altered sense of smell, taste, or vision, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and more.

TBIs can affect more than just your physical health. A serious head injury can also lead to emotional, behavioral, and social problems that make interacting with friends and family difficult. These changes can include depression, anxiety, insomnia, trouble communicating, and difficulty in social situations.

How Do Brain Injuries Occur?

A TBI can result from any sudden impact to the head. Below are several of the most common events that lead to TBIs:

Falls – Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, especially among older adults. If you’ve tripped, slipped, or fallen due to a hazard on someone else’s property and suffered a TBI, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other losses.

Motor Vehicle Accidents – Collisions on the roads involving cars, large trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and more are another leading cause of TBIs. In the event that you experience a TBI as a direct result of another driver’s negligence, contact a traumatic brain injury attorney who’s experienced in handling these types of serious injury cases.

Work-Related Accidents – TBIs are also a common consequence of workplace accidents. Whether a worker falls from a ladder or hits their head on a heavy piece of machinery, TBIs happen all too often in Louisiana workplaces. If you’ve suffered a TBI on the job, give our traumatic brain injury attorneys a call to find out what we can do to help.

Brain Injury FAQs

The moments after an accident are frightening. Furthermore, you’re most likely stressed, worried, and unsure of how to proceed. If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury due to an accident, you’ll likely have numerous questions about what to do next. 

For this reason, our team has created a list of frequently asked questions about brain injuries, with answers provided below.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI), is when an individual suffers some form of damage to their head and brain. This type of injury typically occurs due to significant physical force to their head.

Brain injuries are not uncommon after a vehicle accident. In many accidents, objects fly around inside the vehicle and/or a person hits their head upon something during the initial impact. Some brain injuries are minor, while others result in life-altering damage to the victim.

Brain injuries can have a wide range of effects on an individual. That’s why it’s recommended that you seek medical attention after a vehicle accident. Depending on the type of injury, you may not begin to feel the effects of the accident until days or weeks following the collision. 

If you experience any of the signs listed below, you may have a brain injury:

  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Confusion 
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Headaches 
  • Seizures 
  • Speech problems 
  • Nausea or vomiting 

 

Keep in mind that symptoms will vary depending on the extent of your injury. If you wait to seek medical help, you may potentially increase the damage done to your brain. Even if you only have one symptom, it’s more than enough to see a doctor about the state of your health. 

If you believe you have suffered a brain injury, it’s imperative to seek medical attention immediately. 

Receiving medical attention as soon as possible could potentially prevent further injuries. Sometimes greater damage is done to the brain if medical treatment is delayed. 

In many cases, the body experiences a rush of adrenaline after the collision. This means the body may not feel the immediate pain from the accident until later. Even if you feel fine, it’s in your best interest to ensure a doctor can professionally sign-off that you’re healthy.

Your safety and health should be your top priorities.

In order to determine liability after a vehicle accident, it must be proven that the other party was negligent. Proving liability is not always easy. For this reason, evidence is crucial in determining who is at fault. Evidence can include photos of the accident scene, medical records, witness statements, and video footage.

The state of Louisiana follows the “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that each driver will be held responsible for the damages they caused in the accident. For example, if you were partly at fault, you may still be able to recover damages. However, the amount you receive will be reduced depending on how much of the accident was your fault.

The seriousness of a traumatic brain injury is typically classified into three levels which include mild, moderate, and severe. The classification is based on various factors, such as the length of time the individual loses consciousness. In order to establish the seriousness of the injury, a medical professional will need to evaluate the injury.

Some of the factors that help determine the severity of a brain injury include:

  • How long you were unconscious. 
  • Where the injury is located on your brain. 
  • The length of time you experienced memory loss.

Brain injuries are serious and can lead to greater damage internally if the proper treatment is not given. Furthermore, failing to seek medical treatment can impact your chances of potential compensation.

Oftentimes when injured victims delay treatment, insurance companies will attempt to diminish any compensation you may be entitled to receive. They will encourage you to not hire a lawyer, tell you that your policy does cover damages, and even attempt to offer a low settlement amount.

That’s why our team of attorneys recommends that you see a medical professional for your health. Additionally, it may help protect any compensation you may be entitled to receive and help you fight against the insurance companies.

It’s difficult to accurately determine the length of time it may take to recover. Various factors play a significant role in how long it will take for you to be completely better. Unfortunately, brain injuries have a high risk of leaving injured victims with permanent damage. For example, the severity of the injury, the location on your brain that is affected, and even your overall health prior to the injury may impact your recovery.

No two brain injury cases are the same, which means the time it takes for you to recover will depend on many different factors.

If you or someone you know have suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s careless actions, compensation may be available for damages. In the state of Louisiana, you have exactly one year to file a lawsuit, starting from the date the accident occurred. 

To learn about your legal rights, contact our team of experienced attorneys. We’re ready to answer any questions you may have and review the details of your claim.

Do You Need a Brain Injury Lawyer?

The road to recovery after a TBI can be incredibly difficult and expensive. When these injuries occur as a result of someone else’s recklessness, many victims wonder whether they need to hire a lawyer.

Dealing with the legal process when you’re trying to heal can be unbearable and may even seem impossible. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced brain injury law firm on your side who can handle the hassles of your case while you focus on your recovery.

Our office is proud to assist brain injury victims with filing claims against irresponsible motorists, trucking companies, property owners, and more. No matter your situation, if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you need an attorney who can guide you through this difficult time and fight for the compensation and justice you deserve!

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Do You Have a Case? Speak With a Brain Injury Lawyer Today.

If you’ve suffered a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to take legal action. Call The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux today to speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury law firm to find out if you have a case and how we may be able to help.

We’ve been protecting the rights of injured victims and their families in Lafayette and surrounding communities for years. Contact our office today at 337-221-8463 or fill out the form below for a free case evaluation. If you’re in pain, call Blaine!

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