Severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) permanently change the lives of the victim and their loved ones. The emotional, physical, and financial impact of a brain injury is far-reaching and often long-term. Because of the severity of these cases, it is absolutely necessary to have a strong, experienced Fort Collins traumatic brain injury attorney on your side to assist you in recovering both physically and monetarily. Mac Hester Law has extensive experience with brain injury victims, and we are committed to giving every case our all.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The brain is held in place by bony ridges on the interior of your skull. A sudden movement against these bony ridges can cause micro-abrasions and tears. And, because the brain sits atop the brain stem, sudden movement can cause the brain to rotate on the brain stem causing injury. Anyone is at risk of a TBI, children, and seniors in particular. Every year, TBIs cause a substantial number of permanent disabilities, as well as roughly 1/3 of all injury-related deaths, according to the CDC. Approximately 500,000 adults in Colorado have been diagnosed with a brain injury and are currently living with a TBI-related disability.
How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur?
A car collision or any other traumatic event that causes rapid movement of the head can cause your brain to slam into the interior wall of your skull causing bruising and/or bleeding and/or swelling. TBIs can be caused by a bump on the head in a fall, a car accident, work-related incidents, sports, and recreational activities, as well as in a variety of other activities. Any form of trauma involving the head and neck can result in any degree of tearing, bleeding, bruising, and/or swelling in the brain.
Our Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys Can Help
Recovering from a brain injury is quite a lengthy process, with a huge financial and emotional expense. If your injury was caused by another individual’s neglect or a business’s blatant disregard for safety, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Our Fort Collins brain injury lawyers can help hold the parties responsible for their actions or inaction and secure you the financial compensation you deserve to move forward with your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I didn’t lose consciousness in the crash. Can I have a traumatic brain injury?
A: Yes. First, a loss of consciousness is not a requirement for a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (An alteration of consciousness is). Second, many victims of traumatic brain injury actually did have a brief loss of consciousness but just where not aware of it.
Q: I just had a concussion – not a brain injury, right?
A: “Concussions” are traumatic brain injuries. While many concussions are mild and many people are able to resume activities fairly quickly (like returning to play in a football game), concussions nevertheless are traumatic brain injuries and must be taken seriously. A medical examination is imperative even for mild concussions.
Q: What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injury?
A: Some of the symptoms of traumatic brain injury include: alteration of consciousness, loss of consciousness, blackout, seeing stars, amnesia (not remembering the actual traumatic event), dizziness, loss of balance, visual problems, memory problems, lack of focus, loss of concentration, problems with multi-tasking, irritability, personality changes. If you have some of these symptoms from a traumatic event, you should get checked out by a doctor with traumatic brain injury experience – preferably a neurologist or neuropsychologist.