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Traumatic brain injury, (TBI) is a head injury caused by a force severe enough to cause minor, moderate, or severe malfunction in the brain. Brain injuries are an all too common result of personal injury accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 166 Americans die from traumatic brain injuries every day. Brain and head injuries are also the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
Prevention programs and education aimed at reducing the incidence of preventable brain injury has had a positive impact. Awareness of the importance of helmet use in sports is growing. Coaches and parents have more information about the seriousness of concussions and are able to respond accordingly. Rhode Island law requires that all coaches and volunteers take a concussion-awareness course and are required to remove any player who has symptoms of a concussion. In addition, the state of Rhode Island has a primary seat belt law for adults and children, aimed at reducing the incidence of serious injuries and deaths occurring from car accidents.
Efforts to reduce the numbers of traumatic brain injuries in Rhode Island have sadly not eliminated them. There is much more work to be done to protect children and adults from suffering a TBI.
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Common Causes Of TBI In Providence, Rhode Island
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a number of different situations. A personal injury accident is caused by the negligence or reckless behavior of another individual. Victims of personal injury resulting in traumatic brain injuries often suffer long term damage and physical pain from an injury caused by no fault of their own.
Common causes of traumatic brain injury include:
- Slip and Falls
- Car accidents
- Any blow to the body which causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the actions of another person, a law firm specializing in TBI litigation can help you recover damages. Marasco and Nesselbush is an award winning Providence law firm with over 20 years experience in personal injury law. Marasco & Nesselbush has the expertise to successfully settle your case. Call Now (401)443-2999.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Victims of a brain tissue injury may show symptoms right away or may develop problems hours or days after a car accident or other personal injury. Indications of TBI vary from person to person and may change during recovery depending on the severity of the injury.
Brain trauma physical symptoms may include:
- Sensitive to light or noise
- Problems with balance
- Vision problems
- Memory loss
- Loss of concentration
- Slurred speech
- Inability to wake up
- Enlargement of pupils in one or both eyes
- Numbness in arms or legs
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of Consciousness
Along with the physical symptoms, emotional symptoms also occur with TBI. Emotional symptoms may include:
- Angry outbursts
Any brain injury, whether it is considered mild, moderate, or severe can have a long term impact on the victim and their family members. Car accident victims may be offered a settlement by an insurance agency before the full medical picture is clear. Brain injury attorneys with experience know that medical expenses can be long term and ongoing. An injury lawyer can negotiate with insurance adjusters and fight for a proper, legal, settlement amount. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an injury.
If you or a family member have suffered memory loss, loss of consciousness, concussion, or any other medical consequence of head trauma caused by the actions of another person, a Providence personal injury lawyer can help.
Recoverable Damages For Brain Injury
Brain injury cases can be complicated by the sometimes permanent and ongoing nature of the injuries. An injury attorney can help victims and families accurately calculate and gather evidence to support the amount needed to recover from the trauma.
Economic damages to be considered in a traumatic brain injury claim include:
- Hospital bills
- Ambulance fees
- Surgery costs
- Blood work/Lab fees
- Nursing care
- Home health care
- Specialist visits
- Lost Wages
- Impairment to earning capability
- Cost of rehabilitation both acute and ongoing
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Vocational counseling
- Psychological treatment
In addition to the economic damages incurred in an accident, there are also non-economic damages. Such “intangible” losses are impacted by the severity of the injury. An attorney can advise clients on the monetary value of their non-economic damages. Such damages may include:
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Companionship
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Consortium with a spouse
Due to the complexity of such cases, it is highly advised that individuals seeking compensation for a TBI accident seek the advice and help of an experienced lawyer. Brain injuries can change a victim’s life forever and the financial burden placed on families can be devastating. While no amount of money can turn back the hands of time, a fair settlement can go a long way in getting victims the help they need to recover. A lawyer can assure that your case is filed within the time frame allowed by law, and that your claim amount is equal to the injury.
Call Marasco & Nesselbush to schedule your free case evaluation today. (401)443-2999.