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What You Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted on in Personal Injury

A traumatic brain injury can be devastating because it can cause serious complications. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury (or TBI), contacting a San Jose personal injury attorney may help insure that you will be cared for as long as your injury is present. The attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group have helped others who have been in an accident that resulted in a TBI.

Simply put, a TBI is caused when the head experiences a sudden jolt or jerk. TBIs can also occur if the skull or a foreign object like a bullet enters the brain. A concussion is a common example of a mild TBI.

  • What causes a TBI? According to the Center for Disease Control, 40% of TBIs are caused by falls. A fall could happen if you slip on a wet floor or where there were missing handrails. Another common cause of TBIs is car accidents. A TBI after a car wreck could come from whiplash or from the head hitting the steering wheel or airbag.
  • What are the complications of a TBI? The complications of TBIs can be severe and wide-ranging. For example, some victims may experience a coma or brain death. Less serious effects of a TBI include memory loss, learning difficulties, and trouble reading or writing. Victims may also experience reduced self-control as well as social difficulties. In addition, TBIs can cause emotional problems like anxiety, mood swings, or depression.
  • What compensation are accident victims entitled to? Under California law, those who have sustained a TBI are entitled to medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Family members of the victim may also be able to recover damages.

As you can see, a TBI can change a person's life, and can be sustained in many common accidents. Symptoms can develop well after the accident, and signs of a TBI are not always physical visible. Bringing a case to trial for recovery of damages can be complicated and involves using several expert witnesses.

If you think you have suffered a TBI in an accident, you should call a personal injury lawyer so your claim can be thoroughly evaluated. The San Jose personal injury attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group offer free consultations to accident victims. Call 408-246-5500 to set up your appointment today.

Source:

http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

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