Brain injuries are one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer in an accident. Your brain controls your most important functions – like breathing and making sure that your heart continues to beat. Damage to the brain can impair these functions that are necessary to sustain life. This is why brain injuries can so often be fatal. At the Jackman Personal Injury, we can offer consul with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer to review your TBI case. We know how to prove your case and access the compensation to which you are legally entitled. Learn more about traumatic brain injuries and the accidents that cause them.

What is a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)?

A traumatic brain injury is a disruption in normal brain functions due to some sort of physical trauma to the head – like a bump, a jolt, or a blow. A TBI can be mild or severe. Mild TBIs (such as minor concussions) can sometimes resolve on their own after a few days of discomfort. Others will need more aggressive medical treatment. And the most serious TBIs can result in death. It is not possible to know how severe your TBI is without getting medical attention, so be sure to see a doctor about your injury. TBIs can also quickly deteriorate from minor symptoms to a life-threatening condition, so it is important not to delay getting medical treatment for your brain injury.

TBIs are different from brain damage caused by medical factors. Brain damage can occur as a result of a stroke or hemorrhage, or even as the result of medication errors. These are not considered traumatic brain injuries because they are not caused by physical trauma. They are, however, just as serious. Any brain damage can be fatal – regardless of how it occurred. If you or a loved one has experienced brain damage as the result of factors other than physical trauma, you may still have a personal injury claim. For example: if the damage was caused by a medication error, this could be medical malpractice. Consult with an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer to learn about your particular legal situation.

How Can a TBI Occur?

There are many different types of accidents that can cause the physical trauma that leads to a TBI. Here are some of the most common:

Auto Accidents

Almost any area of your body can be injured in an auto accident. Brain injuries are among the most serious car accident injuries, so it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident. Even if you do not leave the scene in an ambulance, you should still be evaluated at an emergency department or urgent care facility as soon as possible. Some symptoms of a brain injury do not show up right away. Others – like confusion or disorientation – can be overlooked in the confusion of a car accident scene. You must let a medical professional determine what injuries you have suffered. A negligent driver is responsible for compensating all injuries and losses he or she caused, and you need to know what those injuries are.

Workplace Injuries

When a worker is injured on the job, he or she will usually have the right to workers’ compensation coverage. This coverage pays for all of your medical expenses and part of your lost wages. Injured workers might also have a personal injury or products liability claim. These claims have more expansive compensation for other losses, such as pain and suffering. It is important to work with a TBI lawyer to determine what your legal rights are. In any event, you should still get medical treatment as soon as possible. Your lawyer will help you determine the best method of getting compensation for your medical bills, but if you delay treatment, you could make your condition worse. This both endangers your health and jeopardizes your legal right to compensation.

Medical Malpractice

Your TBI could also be the result of medical malpractice. Some forms of medical malpractice (such as medication errors) cause non-traumatic brain injuries. Other forms of malpractice might be traumatic. If, for example, a patient were dropped while being transported by an orderly, this would be malpractice, and the physical trauma could result in a TBI. Of what if your neurosurgeon struck your head with a surgical saw during brain surgery? This, too, could result in a TBI. Whether medical malpractice causes a traumatic or nontraumatic brain injury, you have the right to compensation, and you should consult with a lawyer about your legal rights.

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