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A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when a sudden bump, jolt, or blow to the head causes a disruption in the brain’s normal function. The severity of a TBI can range from mild to severe. Recovery time from a TBI depends on what part of the brain is injured, and the severity of the injury itself. If you or a loved one sustained a TBI as a result of a severe accident, then you’re going to need the help of a dedicated Connecticut legal team. That’s where our traumatic brain injury attorneys come in to provide a solution.
The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is on standby to answer any questions you may have about your situation and whether the damages you’ve incurred may be best addressed with a personal injury case. Our Hartford legal firm has significant combined experience in specialized litigation related to traumatic head injuries, and we guarantee always to offer you appropriate, authentic legal advice. Call us today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. Don’t have time for a consultation right now? No problem — you can visit our website and schedule your consultation when you have the chance.
What Can Cause A TBI?
As defined above, a TBI can be caused by a sudden bump, jolt, or blow to the head. Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in young children and elderly adults. However, there are multiple ways that different types of accidents can cause a TBI to occur, and this class of injury is liable to affect any age or demographic. TBIs can also occur as a result of blunt-force head trauma, an injury that occurs when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain matter. Additionally, cranial trauma symptoms can manifest if the body is shaken or rattled severely enough to cause displacement of the brain, which then makes collision-like contact with the skull.
A brain injury can occur as a result of common accidents such as:
- Slip and fall/premises liability accidents- When property owners fail to properly maintain the premises for their patrons, disaster can strike at any moment. Spills on a floor or a broken piece of tile can create hazardous environments in which individuals are more likely to fall and strike their head on the floor or on a hard surface, causing a TBI.
- Motor vehicle accidents- Car wrecks can easily cause the driver or a passenger to seriously bump their head on either the windshield or the dashboard and sustain a TBI.
- Motorcycle accidents- These are some of the most common causes of brain injuries, especially for motorcycle passengers, who can be easily ejected from a motorcycle. The state of Connecticut requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet, along with anyone operating a motorcycle with a learner’s permit.
- Sports injuries- Anyone who plays a contact sport that doesn’t require safety gear for their head is at serious risk for a TBI. Intercepting forcefully thrown sports balls, colliding with other players, and slipping and falling on the ground can all contribute to or directly result in a serious TBI. Contact sports such as football have also been linked to a type of head trauma called CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
- Work-Related Accidents- Even though a TBI can happen at any job at any time, construction sites are the most common source of workplace accidents, including those which result in a traumatic injury to the brain or cranial region. In other industries, similar accidents can occur if workers aren’t properly instructed on the operation of heavy equipment, or if workplace supervisors fail to execute necessary oversight of these high-risk machines.
- Whiplash- Whiplash, which is generally thought of as a common neck injury associated with the aftermath of a car accident, can also cause more severe symptoms and chronic conditions that are characteristic of a TBI. There is a notable degree of misconception that all TBIs must be or can only be caused by direct damage to the head. However, whiplash and other acute neck injuries are just as likely to contribute to the physical symptoms indicative of a brain injury. The sudden back and forth motion of the head that causes the whiplash can also cause the brain to collide with the side of the skull, or, more concerningly, can cause the bottom of the brain to shift downwards and protrude through the skull.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are going to need the help of an experienced Connecticut brain injury attorney. The compassionate team of brain injury lawyers at The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is always happy to answer any questions you may have about your situation and give legal advice. Call us today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation, or you can schedule a personal injury case assessment on our website at your earliest convenience.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Symptoms of a TBI can range from mild to severe. The majority of TBIs can be mild or moderate, which can typically resolve themselves within a few days or weeks. Even though mild to moderate TBIs are usually not life-threatening, they can still seriously affect the victim’s central nervous system and, in certain cases, can cause irreversible damage to one’s motor skills.
Symptoms of a mild TBI can include:
- Dizziness- An altered sense of balance and place. Dizziness can also be described as feeling lightheaded or as if the head is spinning.
- Confusion- The inability to reason or think in a clear, focused manner.
- Fatigue- Having low energy and a strong desire to sleep that can interfere with a person’s daily life.
- Disorientation- A condition of having lost one’s sense of direction or a state of mental confusion.
- Light sensitivity- When the light level in the environment is too bright and can cause extreme discomfort which can reduce one’s usable vision.
- Headaches- A painful sensation in the head that can be dull or sharp and can come with other symptoms.
- Blurred vision- A decreased sharpness in vision that can result in the inability to see fine details.
A serious TBI has more severe symptoms that can be more life-threatening and longer-lasting. Symptoms of more serious TBIs can include:
- Seizures- A sudden uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain that can cause changes in levels of consciousness, movement, and behavior.
- Vegetative state- When somebody is awake but shows no signs of awareness.
- Coma- A prolonged period of unconsciousness. If a victim is in a coma for too long, then it can lead to a vegetative state or even death.
- Extreme mood swings- Sudden intense changes in mood or emotional state.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident and are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, then chances are you’re also suffering from a TBI and should seek medical attention immediately. Neurological examinations and medical imaging tests such as MRI or CT scans can be used to diagnose a TBI and determine the severity of the injury.
After receiving treatment, contact The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. Our compassionate and dedicated team of brain injury attorneys is here to answer your questions and can help you get your claim started as soon as possible while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Call us today for your free, no-obligation, and completely confidential consultation, or visit our website to schedule your consultation at any time. Don’t have time for a consultation right now? No problem! You can also visit our website to schedule your consultation on your time at your earliest convenience.
Brain Injuries Can Be Prevented
One of the reasons why TBIs occur is because people can be careless. Taking the extra safety precautions can greatly decrease your chances of a TBI or any kind of injury. Some of the ways that you can help prevent a brain injury include but are not limited to:
- Wearing a seatbelt while riding in a car.
- If a child is in the car, make sure they’re in the proper seat and that the seat is properly installed.
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drugs and alcohol can seriously impair a driver’s judgment and reaction time.
- For activities such as riding a bike, skateboarding, and certain sports, making sure that proper safety equipment such as helmets is worn will help lessen the risk of a TBI.
- Improving lighting around the home and removing tripping hazards such as rugs and cords will improve living conditions for seniors and greatly decrease the chances of a sudden fall.
If you or a loved one have followed these safety tips and still suffered a TBI from an accident that wasn’t your fault, you will need the help of an aggressive Hartford brain injury attorney. The dedicated team at The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. will accept any case, regardless of legal background or budget. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your situation and give legal advice. Call us today for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
What Are Some Common TBIs?
A TBI can still cause serious damage to the brain, regardless of how minor it seems. Even though not all bumps to the head can result in a TBI, individuals who suffer a head injury of any kind should get scans (CTE, MRI, etc.) and tests done by a medical professional just in case. Some of the most common TBIs include but are not limited to:
- Concussion- The most common type of TBI is a concussion, which occurs when a blow to the head causes the head and brain to suddenly move back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to twist or bounce around in the skull, causing structural damage to the brain cells and chemical changes to its neurotransmitter production. Concussions are commonly seen in car accidents and sports injuries, especially if an individual was hit in the head with a ball that was flying at high speeds.
- Contusion- A contusion is a medical term meaning a bruise. Bruising of the brain is caused by a direct impact on the head, rupturing small blood vessels and allowing blood to leak into the brain tissue. Sometimes, a contusion can be large enough to form a clot or tissue mass, and in these cases it is likely that surgery will be needed in order to remove the obstruction or to drain fluids. Contusions — unlike concussions, which generally worsen over time — can cause immediate signs of serious damage to the brain, and individuals can lose consciousness for at least fifteen minutes.
- Penetration- A penetrating injury is present when an object enters the brain tissue through the skull. These objects can be hair, skull fragments, skin, or the object causing the injury. A type of penetrating injury that enters the skull on one side of the head and exits the skull on the opposite side of the head is called a “through and through” injury. These are just like regular penetrating injuries, with the additional criteria of causing measurable damage to the brain.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, call The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable team of brain injury attorneys in Hartford is dedicated to keeping your best interests in mind and fighting for your rights as a victim. With no cost to you until we win your case, you have nothing to lose! Call us today for a free consultation to ask any questions you may have about your situation and we can help you determine if you have a brain injury claim.
What Kind Of Damages Can I Claim From A Personal Injury Case?
The amount of damages that can be recovered from a brain injury claim depends strongly on the severity of the injury itself.
- Loss of Wages- Recovering from a brain injury, or any injury, causes victims to miss out on work. Loss of wages damages covers the amount a victim would have earned if they were still able to work.
- Pain and Suffering- This covers the physical and emotional suffering a victim of a brain injury goes through.
- Lost Earning Capacity- If a TBI left a victim unable to return to work, they can receive compensation as calculated by a third-party financial consultant.
- Medical Expenses- This covers all medical expenses including any initial emergency room or hospital stays, prescriptions, lab work, follow-up care, and imaging tests.
- Lifetime Care Costs- If a TBI causes a victim to require care for the rest of their life, future medical expenses can be considered while calculating compensation. If the victim needs a caregiver, this can also be factored in.
Calling A Brain Injury Attorney In Hartford
Did you or a loved one suffer from serious head trauma or a debilitating brain injury as a result of an accident in Hartford? The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is here to help. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your personal injury case, your potential avenues of filing a claim for damages, and other topics for which our legal advice may be best suited.
No matter what you may be going through, you can count on us to stand by your side to fight for your rights from the very beginning of our lawyer-client relationship. You can call our team of brain injury attorneys and legal specialists today at (860) 231-9535 for a free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation regarding your personal injury case, or you can visit our online contact page to request more information or to schedule an appointment.
Learning About You and Your Case
After that, we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action to take in your case and describe the types of compensation that may be available to you. Any fees involved with moving forward will be discussed as some cases can work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you’ll pay nothing until we secure a successful resolution.
Filing Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Complaint
The complaint will contain the details of the accident and your injuries, as well as the legal action we’re taking against the defendant and the compensation we’ll be seeking for you. The defendant will be required to give a response to the complaint.
The Discovery Process
Both parties may also take depositions or sworn statements and in some cases, we’ll consult with accident reconstruction or medical experts. These experts can provide reports and even testify on your behalf if needed.
Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings
The defendant may file a motion to get the case dismissed due to lack of evidence but we may file a motion for immediate relief based on a set of undisputed facts.
Negotiating a Settlement
The negotiation process starts with us making a demand for compensation. The defendant responds with an offer. The offer may be further negotiated until an agreement is settled upon.
Going to Trial
Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements. However, if a case goes to trial, our law firm has 15+ years of experience in the courtroom and we’re ready to fight for you.
Collecting Your Judgement or Settlement
Post-Trial Motions and Appeals
While a case is on appeal, settlement negotiations may actually resume in an effort to bring timely closure to the case.
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