Traumatic Brain Injury FAQ
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A , or TBI, is a type of brain injury that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. They can range from mild to severe, and the complications associated with them are in direct proportion to the severity of the initial injury. The most common form of mild TBI is also known as a concussion.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by any type of incident that can result in a blow or jolt to the head. That being said, some accidents cause TBIs more often than others. Some of the more common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Sports injuries
Will I Be Able to Recover for my TBI?
Many people who come to us after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in an accident justifiably want to know whether they will be able to recover compensation. The answer to this question depends on whether your accident was the result of someone else’s . Examples of negligent conduct that has the potential to result in a traumatic brain injury include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Poor maintenance of a commercial property
- Defective design or manufacture of a consumer product
Types of therapy for TBI victims
After a TBI victim is stabilized, the particular damage must be assessed. TBIs affect different victims in different ways and symptoms can vary widely depending on the location and severity of the injury. Medical professionals will perform a variety of tests to determine the exact physical, cognitive, and emotional effects of a particular TBI. Once a victim’s challenges are identified, professionals will work to develop an individualized plan for therapy and rehabilitation.
TBI victims may require many different types of therapy, including:
- Physical therapy to help with balance, coordination, and everyday manual tasks
- Occupational therapy to redevelop and recover skills for daily living and working, if possible
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to change thought patterns and to gear toward problem-solving
- Psychological or psychiatric therapy, which may include medication, to help a victim cope with the emotional effects and challenges of living with a brain injury
- Speech and language therapy to assist with expressing thoughts through oral or written communication and comprehending the language of others during conversation
- Environmental modification to change a victim’s living space to maximize functioning and abilities and limit inherent challenges
Do I Need an Attorney to Recover Compensation?
There is no legal requirement that TBI victims retain an attorney, and it is certainly possible to represent yourself in negotiations with an insurance or even in court. It is important to understand, however, that doing so will almost always put you at a disadvantage and may result in you recovering less than you should or even recovering nothing at all. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and know how to minimize the amount they pay out on claims. As a result, it is always advisable to retain an attorney after a TBI-causing accident.
Contact a Clearwater, Florida, Brain Injury Attorney Today
If you have sustained a TBI or another serious injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with Tampa Florida personal injury lawyer, call Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900.
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Clearwater, FL 3375