More than a million Americans suffer from brain injuries every year, and more than 5 million have long-term care needs as a result of traumatic brain injury.
Brain injury occurs when normal brain function is affected, disrupted, or destroyed by physical trauma. The most common source of brain injury is car accidents, but any kind of sudden and violent impact such as a dramatic fall, being shot, or participation in high-impact sports can be a source of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a brain injury may not be immediately noticeable. It may take weeks or months for family members or co-workers to notice irritability, short-term memory loss or physical symptoms that are often attributed to a brain injury.
Victims of traumatic brain injury suffer a life-altering event that can lead to changes in their personality or physical abilities, short- or long-term care, loss of wages, mounting medical bills, and even death.
Brain injuries are generally classified into three categories: mild, moderate, or severe.
Mild Brain Injury
A victim of a mild brain injury has typically experienced a short period of lost consciousness, confusion, or disorientation as a result of a violent impact or a violent whipping motion of their head and neck. Concussion is the most common form of mild brain injury, which is widely misunderstood to be more or less harmless. In fact, any injury to the brain that causes loss of short term memory, personality changes, severe fatigue, difficulties concentrating, and other challenges functioning in a normal capacity the way the did before the accident, is a very serious issue.
Moderate Brain Injury
Victims of moderate brain injury suffer longer periods of unconsciousness or memory loss, and more serious long-term physical and mental effects, including extreme fatigue, physical function impairment, visual or hearing loss, or disruption in the ability to taste or smell.
Severe Brain Injury
A severe brain injury can result in a significant or permanent loss of physical and mental capabilities. A significant, life-long loss of function, coma, or death can be the result in the most severe cases.
Effects of Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can have a variety of debilitating effects that severely disrupt the quality of the victim’s life, including:
- Short- or long-term memory loss
- Spatial disorientation
- Difficulty concentrating, communicating, or planning
- Mood swings
- Unexplained agitation
- Chronic headaches
- Speech impairment
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Loss of vision, hearing, smell, or taste;
- Impairment of motor function such as grip strength or dexterity
The effects of traumatic brain injury can be profound. Individuals with severe injuries can be left in a long-term unresponsive state. For many people with severe brain injury, long-term rehabilitation is often necessary to maximize function and independence. Even with mild brain injury, the changes to a person’s life can be drastic.
How Can the Jaeger Firm, PLLC, Help?
Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience handling all kinds of personal injury claims throughout Kentucky. We know how difficult it can be to regain your life after a serious accident and we will do everything we can to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Call our office today if you feel you have suffered a traumatic brain injury of any kind. We can help you determine if you are entitled to financial support and compensation as a result of your injuries.