How long it may take for a traumatic brain injury signs and symptoms to develop may vary, as the Mayo Clinic explains. While in some cases victims experience immediate symptoms, others report symptoms weeks after the injury takes place. Every victim of a traumatic brain injury may display different symptoms and the symptoms that each victim experiences may take different rates of time to develop. It is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your rights after suffering a brain injury in case your brain injury symptoms emerge or become worse with time.
Medical Attention Should Not Wait
It is always prudent to seek medical attention immediately after undergoing a traumatic event. Even if you have not experienced a direct blow to your head, the chance that you sustained a traumatic head injury still exists. Some of the reasons that you may want to seek medical care are:
- That a brain injury may be emerging or getting worse without you realizing it, and medical tests may be able to reveal the extent of your injury
- You may have experienced a head injury without being aware of it
- Quick medical attention may avert more serious problems later
- That a brain injury may be life-threatening, and medical care could help you understand how to care for your injury
Whether or not you or a loved one displays symptoms of a brain injury after an accident, always seek immediate medical attention to be safe.
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Potential Brain Injury Causes
There is more than one type of brain injury. A brain injury may be either closed or penetrating. A closed injury is one that damages the brain but does not penetrate the skull. On the other hand, a penetrating injury results in the brain being damaged because of something penetrating the skull.
Different events may cause either penetrating or closed brain injuries. They may include:
Slip or Trip and Fall Accidents
If you or a loved one slipped or tripped in a way that caused you to fall, you may have struck your head on one or more surfaces. Slip and fall accidents may result from slick spots, loose flooring, or other slippery areas on dangerous premises. A trip and fall accident may happen because of cluttered walkways, uneven stairs, and other hazards, which may be the property owner’s fault. Even falls that do not result in a direct blow to the head can cause a brain injury due to the rapid movement of the brain inside of the skull.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most frequent cause of traumatic brain injuries in 2014.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
A collision between two vehicles may cause a traumatic brain injury. A TBI could result from your head striking an object, such as a car door, windshield, or steering wheel, or may come from the rapid movement of your head. Motorists whose negligent actions cause traumatic brain injury could be held responsible for each and every type of damage that results from their actions.
There are many possible causes of traumatic brain injury in a work setting, including:
- Objects falling on workers
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in the workplace, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits as well as damages from the at-fault parties in a personal injury claim.
A Traumatic Brain Injury May Entitle You to Compensation
Though every case is unique, traumatic brain injuries often cause substantial damage to a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living and enjoy life. For this reason, victims of these types of injuries are often entitled to significant financial compensation. New York law entitles victims of another’s fault to receive fair and just compensation for each and every type of damage they sustained because of their injuries. Some of the types of damages that you have the right to collect include:
- Pain and suffering, which could include mental anguish and physical pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future pain and suffering if the injuries are deemed permanent
- Loss of services around the home
- Damage to the marital relationship
- Lost earnings and lost pension benefits
- Future lost earnings and lost earning potential
- Medical expenses caused by your traumatic brain injury
- Medical-adjacent costs such as physical and psychological therapy, medications, and the cost of transportation to doctor appointments
- Medical equipment and home adaptations
- Any out of pocket expenses caused by your injuries
- Funeral and burial expenses, in the event of death
- Loss of guidance, in the event of death
You may have suffered other damages not listed here. Our lawyers will demand fair and just compensation for any other damages that are unique to your situation.
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Our team will protect your rights or a loved one’s rights and seek the best possible outcome for your case. You may want to call as soon as possible, as there may be legal deadlines for bringing a TBI-related case. If you fail to bring your claim for benefits or financial recovery by those deadlines, you may be prevented from receiving what you deserve. Don’t delay. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can begin our investigation of your accident, preserve evidence, file all claims in a timely manner, and build a strong case for maximum recovery.
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