Caused by a blow or bump to the head, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have lasting consequences for injury victims, even when it is classified as “mild” by medical professionals. TBI is also one of the top causes of serious injury, disability, and death in the United States: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 2.87 million emergency department visits and hospitalizations related to TBI in 2014 alone.
If you have reason to believe that your traumatic brain injury was caused by another person’s negligence, our Utah attorneys at Pearson Butler can review your case and help you determine if you’re eligible for compensation. With millions recovered for injury victims across South Jordan, Bountiful, Salt Lake City and Utah County, we have the resources and experience to fight on your behalf after a serious accident.
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Defining the Degrees of TBI
Although our brains have some built-in protections against trauma, these crucial organs are surprisingly delicate – meaning that even a minor bump may result in a TBI. According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, brain damage also tends to spread in the days and weeks after the initial injury, as the brain swells to protect the affected area.
Because TBIs vary widely in both their symptoms and severity, doctors attempt to classify these injuries based on a spectrum known as the Glasgow Coma Scale, which provides an objective scoring measure for brain injuries. Although mild cases of brain damage are often dismissed as “minor injuries,” the truth is that any brain injury has the potential to re-shape the structure of the brain, leaving the injury victim to deal with the fallout for months and years to come.
Here are the primary degrees of a traumatic brain injury:
- Mild: Also known as a concussion, a mild TBI is marked by headaches, dizziness, vision problems, and loss of coordination. Individuals with a mild TBI typically do not lose consciousness, or only lose it for a few brief moments.
- Moderate: A moderate TBI will include many of the same symptoms as a mild TBI, coupled with intense lethargy, seizures, and a lack of responsiveness to visual stimuli. Individuals with a moderate injury may lose consciousness for anywhere between 20 minutes and 6 hours.
- Severe: When classified as “severe,” a traumatic brain injury can result in loss of consciousness greater than 6 hours, also known as a coma. In this state, the victim will be unable to speak, open their eyes independently, or listen to commands.
Common Causes of TBIs
From car accidents to athletic injuries, there are many ways that another party’s negligence or wrongdoing can contribute to your traumatic brain injury. If you believe that negligence played a role in your injuries, you could be entitled to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.
The most common causes of TBI include:
- Falls (including slip and fall accidents)
- Physical and sexual assault
- Sporting accidents
- Car accidents
- Gunshot wounds
- Collisions with an object
- Outdoor recreational activities
- Bicycle accidents
Because there are so many different possible causes of traumatic brain injury, it’s important to review the details of your accident with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. When you’re facing massive medical bills, reduced earning capacity, and other costs, an attorney can help you seek compensation to account for these damages. Our Utah brain injury lawyers at Pearson Butler are completely dedicated to our clients, and we will offer the caring counsel you deserve after a life-altering accident.
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