Traumatic Brain Injury Overview
The Brain Injury Association of America explains that the brain is the body’s most vital organ. It controls your ability to walk, talk, eat, balance, and reason. It is responsible for regulating your body’s sleep/wake cycle, breathing, and heart rate. Its inner workings cause you to experience emotions and form memories.
But as important and powerful as your brain is, it also struggles at healing from injury. Because of this, individuals who have suffered a brain injury often struggle with long-lasting impairments, permanent disabilities, and high medical costs.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) entails damage to the brain resulting from a sudden blow or jolt to the head or body. While the injury is often classified as either mild, moderate, or severe, there is nothing “mild” about suffering an injury to the organ responsible for so many of the body’s most vital functions.
Victims of TBI—no matter how “mild”—commonly suffer from impairments that include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty controlling emotions or behavior
- Cognitive difficulties
- Difficulty speaking or understanding spoken language
- Changes to the senses of vision, taste, or smell
- Loss of balance
- Disrupted sleep
- Loss of motor coordination
- The inability to control breathing and heart rate without mechanical assistance
- Prolonged loss of consciousness
This is not a complete list. TBIs can be debilitating, life-altering injuries. At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm, we take TBIs seriously because we understand their effect on our clients’ lives and what it will take to support them financially as they recover.
Common Complications of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In addition to lasting impairments and disabilities, TBIs can also produce dangerous or even deadly complications, such as:
- Seizures, which are common shortly after the onset of the injury but can become chronic and continue to occur for months or years. Repeated seizures after a brain injury are called traumatic epilepsy.
- Hydrocephalus, which is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain after the injury. This excess fluid can increase the pressure in the brain and result in further damage. Often, this complication is treated by surgically placing a shunt in the sufferer’s brain to drain the fluid.
- Damage to the blood vessels in the brain that can weaken them and increase the sufferer’s risk of developing blood clots or even having a stroke.
- Chronic headaches that can begin within a week of the injury and become both chronic and debilitating.
- An increased risk of a degenerative brain disorder, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
Other TBI Problems
A traumatic brain injury can change every aspect of your life. Financially, it is a costly condition to treat—medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) are not uncommon. In addition, many impacts of a TBI may prevent you from working, damaging your earning capacity.
TBIs also frequently cause social disruptions for the victim by impairing impulse and emotional control. A TBI can make it challenging to maintain your friendships or participate in hobbies or activities you enjoy. And it can interfere with your family life, straining your most important relationships with your spouse, children, and other loved ones.
Contrary to popular belief, studies indicate that children do not necessarily fare better in recovering from traumatic brain injuries than adults do. Instead, the family of a child with a TBI often must “wait and see” how the injury impacts the child over time. TBIs can wreak havoc with a child’s learning, in particular. Children coping with a traumatic brain injury frequently need educational accommodations and support to maintain their development.
How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur in Spring Hill?
There are several ways that a person can suffer a traumatic brain injury in Spring Hill. Here is a look at some common scenarios that have led to our clients suffering from TBIs.
Spring Hill’s recent population growth has led to a notable increase in traffic on area roads, which translates into more traffic accidents. According to TBI data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are one of the country’s most common causes of traumatic brain injuries, and the risk is especially high for young people, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.
At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm, we have years of experience representing victims of car, truck, bus, motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents who have suffered TBIs and need help securing financial compensation.
CDC data also identifies falls as another common source of traumatic brain injuries, especially for Spring Hill’s older residents. Falls can happen anywhere in Spring Hill, from nursing homes to supermarkets to backyards. But no matter the location of a fall, a dangerous property condition is often to blame.
Owners and occupants of commercial, residential, and public property in Spring Hill may owe compensation to someone who falls and suffers a TBI on their premises because of a preventable hazard. The team at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm knows how to hold them accountable.
Traumatic brain injuries frequently afflict victims of violent criminal acts such as child abuse, domestic abuse, assaults, and gun violence. But those injured victims often do not realize that they may receive financial compensation for their injuries.
At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm, we know how to navigate the complicated and emotionally trying process of holding the perpetrator of a violent crime, and others who reasonably should have prevented it, financially responsible for the costs and difficulties of their TBI.
Military Training and Combat
Members of the armed forces face a heightened risk of suffering TBIs in training exercises and while deployed in combat areas. Common causes of military service-related traumatic brain injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, and exposure to explosive blasts.
According to the CDC, more than 430,000 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries in the past two decades, with the symptoms of many of these injuries co-mingling with other health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
The attorneys and legal professionals at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm believe active-duty soldiers and veterans alike deserve full compensation for injuries sustained in connection with their service and fight to make sure they get it.
For years, the public treated concussions (a form of TBI) in high-impact sports as no big deal. Increasingly, however, research has shown that traumatic brain injuries pose a serious risk to athletes of all ages in a wide variety of sports, including football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and gymnastics, to name just a few.
According to VeryWellHealth, more than 130,000 children under 18 experience sports-related head trauma each year in the U.S. The concussions these athletes suffer can cause lasting impairments and disruptions in their lives.
At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm, we understand what it takes to identify when sports-related TBIs should not have happened or when coaches or game officials failed to follow concussion protocols. If we find that evidence, we know how to hold the parties at fault accountable to injured athletes.
Seeking Compensation After a Traumatic Brain Injury in Spring Hill
If you or your loved one suffered a Spring Hill traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions, you may receive financial compensation for your expenses and difficulties.
The team at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm wants to help you explore your options.
Who might owe you financial compensation for a Spring Hill TBI?
Generally speaking, anyone whose unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions led to your injury may owe you money damages for the harm you have suffered. Other parties who have a legal duty to answer for an at-fault individual’s conduct might also have liability for your injuries and losses.
At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm, we investigate your case carefully to identify everyone who may have an obligation under Florida law to pay you compensation.
Those parties might include, for example:
- A careless driver who caused a Spring Hill-area motor vehicle accident that resulted in your TBI, and that driver’s employer (if the driver crashed a work vehicle);
- The owner or tenant of a Spring Hill property where you fell and suffered a TBI because of a dangerous property hazard;
- The management of a Spring Hill nursing home or other care facility where your aging loved one fell and suffered a TBI because of a lack of adequate staffing;
- The manufacturer of safety equipment that failed while you used it at your job in Spring Hill, causing you to fall and suffer a TBI.
These are just a few examples, of course. Connect with us at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm to learn more about who may owe you financial compensation for your Spring Hill traumatic brain injury.
What compensation can you get for a Spring Hill TBI?
Every TBI case we handle at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm has unique facts and circumstances that determine the types and amounts of financial compensation our client might receive.
However, in general, by pursuing legal action on behalf of a TBI victim, our team can often secure payment for:
- Past and future medical costs related to the treatment of a TBI and health complications resulting from it.
- Other past and future expenses our client would not have had if it were not for having suffered a TBI, such as the cost of hiring help with everyday tasks like childcare or transportation.
- Income loss for time missed from work because of the injury, including the value of vacation days or sick leave spent.
- Lost future earning capacity due to a TBI preventing our client from working over the long-term.
- Physical pain and suffering caused by a TBI and medical interventions that are used to treat it.
- Emotional distress flowing from the accident that caused the TBI or from living with the TBI.
- Loss of the enjoyment of life, harm to personal and intimate relationships, and all other frustrations and inconveniences our client suffers because of a TBI.
In addition, we may also have the ability, in some cases, to obtain an award of punitive damages for our client, which serves as extra compensation when the party at fault for a TBI engaged in especially wrongful or outrageous actions.