In the blink of an eye, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur, altering the course of your life forever. While other types of devasting injuries may heal with the passage of time and treatment, injuries to the brain are all too often irreversible, causing a lifetime of disability and impairment to the victim. If you are the victim of a TBI, contact our Tacoma traumatic brain injury attorney right away to review your legal options.
TBIs are more common than you’d think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that there are around 1.7 million TBIs in the United States annually. Of those, around 275,000 require admittance to the hospital for treatment; around 52,000 people die from TBIs each year.
Sudden violent or blunt force to the head is the most typical cause of traumatic brain injuries. A single blow to the head can cause the brain to bounce off the interior surface of the skull, leading to serious medical complications; this is generally seen in whiplash injuries or in intentional violent acts. In other brain injuries, there is some type of external rotational force that leads to tearing of the structure of the brain, triggering swelling and other life-threatening symptoms. Scenarios that may lead to a traumatic brain injury include:
TBI can also be experienced when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain, such as with asphyxiation. This is sometimes seen with birth injuries caused by the umbilical cord wrapping around the baby’s neck.
Brain injury symptoms may be evident immediately following an injury, or they may only present themselves on down the road, sometimes months later. Even mild brain injuries are nothing to scoff about and can result in long-term issues for the afflicted.
Because there is a high level of impairment, both in cognitive functioning and in mobility, among brain injury victims, lawyers for the at-fault party are eager to settle claims of brain injury as fast as possible and for as little monetary output as possible. However, accepting a low-ball offer in the aftermath of a brain injury can be a huge mistake. Victims sometimes require a lifetime of care and assistance. They may be unable to hold down a job in the future or even provide for their own daily living activities. For this reason, it is important to seek out an attorney who will hold the responsible party accountable for the true worth of the case. You may be entitled to payment for medical bills, lost wages, future costs of care, and more.
Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating, and victims and their families often have a long journey to recovery ahead. Russell and Hill have a long history with decades of experience helping injured parties get the justice they deserve through monetary compensation for their damages, handling the legal end of things while you focus on your recovery. Schedule a no-obligation consultation with our Tacoma traumatic brain injury attorney now to discuss your case’s merits and decide on the best legal options for moving forward with your claim.