Football season is a time of year when traumatic brain injuries receive a certain amount of media attention. However, contact sports are only one cause of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. Car accidents are a major cause of traumatic brain injuries as well, as are other acts of negligence that might cause a person in Michigan to injure their head. It is important to understand what a TBI is, and what complications may follow one, so you can take appropriate action if your TBI was caused by another person’s negligence.
TBIs take place when a person experiences a blow to the head. Moderate to severe TBIs can cause long-lasting or even permanent changes to a person’s consciousness and ability to cognitively function.
A person with a severe TBI could fall into a coma or even fall into a vegetative state. In the worst of circumstances, it could cause brain death, which cannot be reversed.
TBIs can also cause seizures or fluid buildup in the brain, resulting in pressure and swelling. Infections are possible if a person’s skull is penetrated or fractured. Headaches lasting months and vertigo are also possible damages that may follow a TBI.
Mentally, TBIs can cause cognitive problems, affecting the ability to remember things, learn new things, reason, use appropriate judgement or pay attention. A person with a TBI may find it difficult to speak or write, organize their ideas or converse. They may find they do not have appropriate self-control and may engage in risky behaviors or have verbal or physical outbursts.
All these complications may make it difficult to lead a normal life following a TBI. Thus, if a person suffers a TBI due to another person’s negligence, the TBI victim may want to determine if they can pursue compensation for the damages they suffered. In a personal injury claim, depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of enjoyment in life and other damages suffered due to the TBI.