Traumatic brain injuries alter lives in devastating ways, in many cases robbing victims of the ability to work, care for themselves, or enjoy normal social or family relationships. The brain controls both physical and psychological/cognitive functions, and the destruction or damage to any part of the brain can have a profound effect on the victim’s ability to participate in the activities of a typical life. The changes can be minor enough to escape notice at first, but may affect the victim later in life; or they can be immediate and profound, resulting in death, coma, or a persistent vegetative state.
In many cases, someone else’s negligence is the cause of a TBI. In Tennessee, car accidents, falls, violence, and sports injuries are among the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries.
Different parts of the brain control different functions, so the nature of the impairments that one individual suffers may be very different from those that another TBI victim is experiencing. Brain trauma can cause physical impairments, cognitive and psychological impairments, behavioral impairments, or sensory impairments, which vary from one victim to another based on the part of the brain that took the impact.
Cognitive deficits include confusion, garbled speech, dyslexia, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and executive function challenges.
Sensory impairments may include loss of vision or hearing, blurred vision, weakness in muscles that control eye movement, photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light), loss of hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or extreme sensitivity to sound. Some brain injury victims lose the sense of smell or taste, which along with the nausea and vomiting that also commonly occur, may lead to appetite loss and nutritional deficits.
The brain sends out signals that control physical functions and feelings throughout the body. Brain damage can cause loss of coordination, paralysis, headaches, seizures, spasticity, numbness, chronic pain, bowel and/or bladder control problems, and sleep disorders.
Victims of trauma to the brain may also suffer from psychological problems such as mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, aggression, lack of inhibition, or hypersexuality.
A person with a severe brain injury will often be unable to ever work, pursue an education, or live independently, and may require care and supervision for the remainder of his or her life. This type of long-term care is extremely expensive.
When a traumatic brain injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing, the victim is entitled to make a claim against the person responsible for the injury to recover monetary compensation in civil action. This is usually done with the assistance of a well-seasoned personal injury attorney with extensive experience in complex catastrophic injury cases. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the surrounding area, call the law firm of Wettermark & Keith, LLC, for the quality of representation that is required in these complex, high-stakes cases.
Some of the damages recoverable in a traumatic brain injury case include:
Traumatic brain injury cases are often high value cases, because the damages are frequently quite extensive and costs of care are extremely high. Victims of these accidents may need these expenses covered for many years to come. They are variable and complex, and should only be handled by a well-qualified and highly experienced personal injury lawyer with specific knowledge of the problems posed by severe neurological injuries and with access to the resources needed to obtain a settlement or verdict that will allow the victim to receive appropriate medical and psychiatric care and rehabilitative therapy for as long as required.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a brain injury in a car accident, fall, or other type of trauma, and you are wondering what your next step should be, call the Chattanooga law offices of Wettermark Keith, LLC. Our compassionate and dedicated attorneys will review your case at no cost and advise you on how to proceed. We have a long history of high value recoveries for victims of serious accidents, some in the multi-millions of dollars. Our dedicated and compassionate lawyers will put their skills and knowledge to work to help you and your family move forward and get the help you need to go on living with a TBI.