What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
When you are involved in an automobile collision or another type of serious accident, the chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are significant. TBI can occur when you receive a blow to the head that causes the brain to move within the skull. TBIs can be mild—for example, a concussion is a relatively mild form of TBI—or they can be extremely severe.
If you or your loved one suffered a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Davis Levin Livingston to speak to an experienced Hawaii traumatic brain injury lawyer about your legal options. The firm has successfully recovered hundreds of millions on behalf of severely injured individuals and their families. Our team is prepared to aggressively advocate for you.
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What Are The Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
It is imperative that you understand what symptoms may occur as a result of a TBI so that you can seek medical attention immediately if you see any of the signs.
Some of the symptoms of TBI include:
- Mild TBI: In cases of mild traumatic brain injury, the victim may lose consciousness briefly. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, lightheadedness, and the victim may also show signs of confusion. Other symptoms may include sleepiness or sleeplessness as well as mild vision problems.
- Moderate or severe TBI: Some cases are slightly more severe, and those who have moderate TBI may display some of the same symptoms as those with a mild injury but may also have seizures and other symptoms. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke warns that any symptoms could be the sign of more serious issues, and victims should seek immediate medical attention.
What Is The Treatment For A TBI?
The treatment for TBI varies depending on the severity. In very mild cases, patients will typically be monitored for a period of 24 hours either at home or in the hospital. It is imperative that anyone with any symptoms is seen by a medical professional as quickly as possible because the chance of insufficient oxygen levels could cause further damage.
In more severe cases, the treatment regimen could be far more difficult and may include speech therapy, rehabilitation therapy, and, perhaps, psychological therapy to deal with the challenges that they may face long-term, including personality changes. Severe cases could also add the burden of expensive tests like CAT scans and X-rays to ensure that there are no other physical problems. Unfortunately, nearly one-half of victims will require some type of surgical procedure as well.
When you or someone you love has been involved in an automobile accident, there is a significant chance that the result will be TBI. According to the CDC, car accidents (between 2006 and 2010) are the third leading cause of these types of injuries and can result in death in serious cases. However, victims do have legal options to ensure they are financially whole after this type of injury. Victims are going to be faced with mounting medical bills for the care necessary after TBI, and an attorney who understands Hawaii personal injury law can help ensure you are compensated for your injuries.
A Hawaii TBI attorney can help by reviewing your case and working to hold the person responsible for the accident accountable. Under Hawaii law, victims have two years to file a suit in order to get compensation for their injuries. Typically, compensation will include recouping medical payments, lost wages, and pain and suffering within the compensatory limits set down by the state. Keep in mind—since Hawaii is a “no-fault” state, victims have the right to sue if they suffer economic damages of more than $5,000.
To learn more about your right to recovery, contact Davis Levin Livingston online or by phone at (808) 740-0633. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless/until we recover compensation for you.