Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause life-long changes in an accident victim's life, as well as their families' lives. Unfortunately, many TBIs are caused in tragic personal injury accidents, such as motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, or being hit by an object.
If you suffered a TBI in an accident caused by someone's negligence, you could need expensive medical treatments throughout your life, become too disabled to work, and require help with daily activities.
The knowledgeable and compassionate brain and spine injury lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys are ready to aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.
Levels of Traumatic Brain Injury
TBIs are medical conditions that disrupt the normal functioning of an individual's brain. They can be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head; or a penetrating injury caused by an object piercing the skull and protective layers of the brain.
There are three levels of traumatic brain injury:
- Mild TBI. This is a concussion that only causes temporary symptoms, and a person will recover from without too much trouble. However, even a mild concussion can put an individual at a higher risk of serious brain damage if they suffer another injury to their brain.
- Moderate TBI. If someone suffers a moderate TBI, they often experience the symptoms of a concussion for months or longer. In addition, they could have additional complications, such as depression and anxiety.
- Severe TBI. These injuries are caused when the brain moves within the skull or is penetrated by an object. The consequences of a severe TBI can be much more debilitating and long-term.
There Are Many Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The symptoms of a TBI can be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the damage. Symptoms usually fall into three main categories:
- Physical. These include headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and problems with balance, movement, and coordination.
- Sensory. All senses are impacted, resulted in symptoms such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light or sound, and loss of smell or taste.
- Cognitive and psychological. There are often difficulties with concentration, memory, reasoning, and speech; as well as mood swings, increased aggression, loss of impulse control, anxiety, and depression.
When someone suffers a catastrophic TBI, the consequences are even more dire and can include:
- Vegetative state
How a TBI Affects Aspects of a Victims' Life
Most accident victims experience multiple symptoms that affect many aspects of daily living and their quality of life in general. Here are some of the major changes individuals who have TBIs must cope with.
Even if someone only had a mild concussion, they frequently need to take time off work for some period of time while they recover. They may be able to return to their job but might find it more challenging and time-consuming to perform tasks they easily did before the accident.
When a person suffers a moderate or severe TBI, they could have mobility, speech, or cognitive deficiencies that prevent them from returning to their former employment. If the problems are severe enough, they might not be able to work at all—even if they made a career change to a less challenging job.
Because of the cognitive changes, mood swings, anger, depression, and anxiety that TBI victims experience, it can be difficult for them to maintain relationships with friends and loved ones. Immediate family members taking care of them might also find it challenging to have the same intimacy and relatability in their interactions as they did before, which adds more strain to an already complicated situation.
Hobbies and Other Social Activities
Loss of mobility and cognitive abilities, such as concentration and memory, can make it nearly impossible for an accident victim to engage in hobbies, sports, and other activities they once enjoyed. If they become depressed due to the injury—which is common—they can lose interest in many activities and have a poor quality of life. This also makes their recovery more difficult.
Your Right to Compensation If You Suffered a TBI in an Accident
Under Kansas and Missouri law, if your injury was caused by a motor vehicle, slip and fall, or other personal injury accident, and the incident was due to the negligent actions of an individual or business, you're entitled to compensation for past and future damages. Because of the long-term effects of a TBI, it's crucial to obtain all the future financial recovery you deserve to provide for medical and other types of care you need.
Types of damages you can recover include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Noneconomic damages for your pain and suffering, mental anguish, and reduction in the quality of your life
- Home health and personal care aide
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Modifications to your home
- Wrongful death damages
Were You Injured In a Kansas City Area Brain or Spinal Injury Accident?
If so, you need to speak with an experienced brain and spinal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.