Traumatic Brain Injuries
Springfield Injury Attorney David Ransin Discusses the Consequences
Traumatic brain injuries are life-changing events. When a third party causes a brain injury to an innocent individual, the victim and his or her family will suffer extreme emotional and financial hardships. Springfield injury attorney David W. Ransin has been helping victims of traumatic brain injuries for over 30 years, successfully litigating thousands of personal injury claims for clients and their families throughout Missouri.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Americans sustain 1.7 million cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually, and TBI is a contributing factor to 30.5 percent of all injury-related wrongful death cases. The leading causes of traumatic brain injury are:
- Slip and fall accidents at 35.2 percent
- Auto accidents and truck accidents at 17.3 percent
- Struck by or against an object at 16.5 percent
- Violence and assault at 10 percent
- Other or unknown at 21 percent
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms and Prognosis
Anyone who suffers a fall, blow to the head or car accident must get to an emergency room or doctor immediately, as even mild concussions can lead to serious injuries if not treated at once. A brain injury or spinal cord injury may worsen over time due to inflammation, fluid build-up and swelling. Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Dizzines of loss of balance
- Confusion and difficulty concentrating
- Nausea or vomiting
The prognosis will differ for every person who suffers a TBI, as it will depend on the severity of the injury and the person’s overall health.
Expenses Incurred by Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors
Traumatic brain injury has life-long ramifications for individuals who survive the accident and trauma. While insurance may cover some costs, even the best health care policies do not cover all expenses related to the long-term effects of TBI. Survivors and families typically incur the following costs:
- Medical, surgical and hospital bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Long-term care
- Physical therapy, speech therapy, mental therapy
- Modifications to homes and cars
- Medical equipment and devices
- Prescription medications
Not only will a TBI survivor incur these expenses and more, he or she will likely be unable to work at the same level as before the injury. Families will struggle to pay such escalating costs while maintaining regular household bills without the financial contribution of their loved one.
Contact Ransin Injury Law When You Need Results
If you or a relative suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit will help to compensate you for mounting costs, loss of income, pain and suffering and more. Contact Springfield injury lawyer David W. Ransin to discuss your case in a free, no obligation attorney consultation.