Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions
When someone is involved in an accident – whether it is a car accident, a workplace accident, a slip or fall, or a sports accident - it is possible for the head or neck to be struck or forcibly shaken. This can result in a brain injury or concussion. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions are unique from other types of injuries because they can impact a person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional functions.
Brain injury lawyers from Foley Law Firm, which serves individuals from Scranton, Stroudsburg, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, understand the impact that traumatic brain injuries can have. Here we discuss the types of symptoms and damages these injuries may cause, and how liable parties can be held accountable for losses related to a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is the result of sudden trauma that causes injury to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are caused by external forces. These types of injuries usually occur when the head is directly struck or penetrated by an object, or when the head or neck are forcibly moved in such a fashion that the brain shakes around within the skull.
Damage to the brain tissues can result in a wide range of symptoms, which may affect a person’s physical movements, their reasoning and thinking, or their personality. Depending on the severity of injuries, disabilities caused by a traumatic brain injury may be long-term or lifelong.
Is a Concussion Different than a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. As with other traumatic brain injuries, concussions can occur when the head or body are struck in a way that the brain moves within the skull, or possibly strikes against the skull. Concussions usually cause short-term loss of normal brain functions, though more serious injuries can lead to long-term complications.
Concussions can result in a wide range of symptoms. The type of symptoms a person suffers, and the degree of symptoms, is largely dependent on the severity of their injuries, and the type of treatment they receive. Common concussion symptoms include:
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ears
- General confusion
- Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
- Slurred speech
Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Damages
Because traumatic brain injuries and concussions tend to have such widespread physical effects, they can impact many areas of a person’s life, including their work life and personal life. The economic and non-economic damages of a traumatic brain injury or concussion may include:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of ongoing therapy and/or rehabilitation
- Lost wages and/or diminished wage earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Filing a Brain Injury Claim
If a traumatic brain injury or concussion is the result of an accident that was caused by another person’s recklessness or neglect, they should be held liable for all damages related to the injury. Victims can work with a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer, such as those at Foley Law Firm, to file a personal injury claim. Our legal team and investigators work together to collect the evidence needed to establish liability so that our clients can be justly compensated for their losses.
Contact Foley Law Firm
Traumatic brain injuries and concussions can lead to a wide range of physical, emotional, and financial damages. If you have suffered a brain injury, the lawyers at Foley Law Firm would like to assist you in getting the compensation you are due. To discuss the details of your case, request a personal consultation online, or call our law firm at (570) 342-8194.