A traumatic brain injury is any head injury that causes damage to the brain. That damage may be temporary or permanent. TBIs are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. But, don’t be misled by “mild” or “moderate.” Any head injury can be serious, including a mild TBI.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 611 people in the U.S. are hospitalized each day for traumatic brain injuries, and about 176 die from TBIs. That’s more than 200,000 hospitalizations and more than 60,000 deaths each year.
The most common cause of TBI is a blow to the head, but a penetrating head wound can also cause a traumatic brain injury. In fact, it’s possible to sustain a TBI even if your head doesn’t make contact with any outside object. That’s because a severe jolt, such as you might suffer in a car accident, can slam the brain against the inside of the skull.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms can vary significantly, and aren’t always immediately noticeable. Some TBI symptoms aren’t the type that you might associate with a head injury unless you had some knowledge about TBIs. That can make it difficult to identify a TBI–especially if the bump to your head didn’t seem severe at the time or the TBI was caused by a jolt that didn’t include direct contact with your head.
Even this is not a complete list. If you are experiencing unusual symptoms after a blow to your head or a severe jarring incident such as being rear-ended in a vehicle, it’s best to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
One of the most difficult aspects of living with a TBI is that it’s an invisible condition. The people you interact with can’t see that you’re suffering a limitation, and may not understand changes in you or the need to make certain adaptations. This can impact your life in many ways, from missing out on important medical care to relationship problems to difficulty in the workplace and other settings.
Your medical providers are a good potential source of information about educational resources, support groups, and other resources you may need. You can also find a lot of useful information online, including online communities and support groups.
This is one reason you’ll want to talk to an experienced Charleston TBI injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. If you overlook responsible parties, your compensation could be reduced–or, you could even lose your case. An attorney experienced in handling injury claims like yours can investigate the case and help identify parties who may share liability. The earlier you speak with the attorney, the better opportunity they will have to gather the information and evidence they need to establish your claim.
Attorney Frank Hartman has been serving injury victims in and around Charleston for many years. He has the knowledge and experience necessary to guide you through the legal system and build the strongest possible case on your behalf. He also has extensive experience in the local courts, meaning he knows exactly how the Charleston County justice system operates, understands local juries, and is familiar with most of the law firms representing insurance companies in the area and knows what to expect from them.
To learn more about how The Hartman Law Firm can help you pursue fair compensation after a TBI, call (843) 300-7600 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page right now.