Yes, you can fully recover from a traumatic brain injury. However, one’s prognosis will ultimately rest on the severity of the injury, the location of the injury, and the age and health of the individual. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can either be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Each degree can have both long and short-term effects on a victim’s health.
TBIs are often sustained when an individual experiences a forceful blow or jolt to the head, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
A person can suffer a TBI from contact sports, violent crimes, and falls. However, according to the NINDS, the common causes of TBIs come from pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle, and motor vehicle accidents.
Degrees of TBIs
When thinking about whether you can fully recover from a traumatic brain injury, you must first consider the varying degrees of a TBI. As previously mentioned, it is not only the degree of the injury that determines one’s recovery period but also the injury’s location and the victim’s overall health.
To help you better understand the different degrees of a TBI, below, we offer a brief explanation of each.
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A mild TBI, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commonly calls a concussion, may cause symptoms that last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the symptoms that an individual might experience after suffering a concussion include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Issues with memory, balance, and coordination
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
Although some concussion patients are able to recover with rest and over-the-counter pain medications, if not properly managed, a concussion can cause permanent brain damage or death, according to the NINDS. Repeated concussions may result in more serious or moderate traumatic brain injury.
Moderate to Severe TBIs
If an individual suffers a moderate to severe TBI, Mayo Clinic explains that they may experience a variety of symptoms, some of which are life-threatening.
The physical symptoms of a TBI may include:
- A loss of consciousness, which can last for several minutes or several hours
- Constant headaches or one that continues to worsen
- Vomiting or nausea
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Clear drainage from ears and/or nose
- The inability to wake up from sleep
- Weakness and/or numbness in the fingers and toes
- insufficient coordination
The cognitive or mental symptoms of a TBI may include:
- Extreme confusion
- Unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
An injured person may suffer from impairments not listed here. If you suspect that you or a loved one suffered a TBI, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you are not sure whether you sustained a head or brain injury, always seek a medical evaluation to be safe.
TBI Symptoms in Children
Young children who may have suffered a TBI may not be able to explain the pain or symptoms they are experiencing.
Instead, Mayo Clinic advises they might show these signs:
- Extreme tiredness
- Changes in eating habits
- Persistent crying
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Signs of being unhappy
Again, if you suspect that a loved one has suffered a TBI, you should seek medical care immediately.
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Assessing the Severity of a TBI
In order for a medical professional to determine the severity of a TBI, medical assessments must be conducted.
During these initial assessments, the NINDS says that professionals will collect and assess information pertaining to:
- The characteristics of the injury
- Whether there is a presence of amnesia or seizures
- Whether physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep-related symptoms exist
Additional tests such as computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, neuropsychological tests, and diagnostic imaging may also be performed. Essentially, whether you can fully recover from a TBI will rest on the facts of your condition and timely assessment. Only a medical professional can provide insight into your circumstances and offer treatment.
Understanding Your Legal Rights After Suffering a TBI in New York
TBIs, whether mild or severe, can affect a victim and their family in many different ways. Not only can a TBI impact a person’s ability to enjoy life the way they once did, but family members might find themselves providing around-the-clock care for their loved one.
If you or a family member suffered a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence, discuss your rights with the experienced personal injury team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates. We have been representing injury victims just like you since 1988. This is all we do. Call us for a free consultation. If we agree to accept your case, you will be required to pay us any money upfront. We only earn a fee if you receive compensation. Once retained, we will conduct a careful and thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances of your injuries, give you advice throughout the legal process, protect your rights and build a strong case for maximum compensation. We will fight for you to receive fair and just financial compensation for each and every type of damage that you sustained and may sustain in the future. Though every case is unique, you may be entitled to money for the following types of damages:
- Pain and suffering for all physical and emotional damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Future pain and suffering, if your injuries are permanent
- Medical expenses in the past and future
- Loss of income in the past and future
- Loss of services in the home
- Damage to the marital relationship
- Out of pocket expenses for adaptations, medical equipment, and transportation
- Any other costs that were caused by your injuries
The New York personal injury lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates are familiar with the physical and financial effects a TBI can have on a person’s life. We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of TBI victims and their families. We are here to help guide you through this difficult time. If you have any questions regarding how to proceed, call us today at (212) 732-2929. Don’t delay. There are deadlines that limit your rights.