Brain/Head Injuries Q&A

What are some of the causes of traumatic brain injury?

Over half of traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Other causes are falls, assaults or other violence, and sports activities.

What exactly is traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any damage to the brain caused by any force directed at the brain, such as a fall or car accident. Such injury can cause lifetime debilitation, mood changes, behavioral issues, emotional difficulties, and extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy.

What is the annual cost of care for traumatic brain injury?

According to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, total costs in the United States per year is around $48 billion dollars. Lifetime costs for just one person who survives a severe traumatic brain injury can be as much as $4 million dollars or more. Medical and physical therapy costs including home modifications, vocational rehabilitation, and other costs for treatment for each traumatic brain injury survivor averages about $150,000.

What is post-concussion syndrome and how does it differ from traumatic brain injury?

Post-concussion syndrome includes any set of symptoms that a person may experience after suffering a concussion. Even though a concussion is typically defined as a less serious form of traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome can occur in moderate and severe cases of traumatic brain injury.

What are some of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome?

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, noise sensitivity, irritability, depression, fatigue, poor judgment, problems with concentration and memory, and nausea.

When should I call a lawyer?

Your priority should always be receiving appropriate medical treatment. After this, it’s never too soon to contact an attorney. You must keep in mind that your case has a statute of limitations, or a time period within which you must file suit in court or be forever barred from any recovery. Even if you are well within the limitations period timely legal advice can be critical. Contact us to discuss your specific case and see how we can help.