Out of all the potential injuries that Colorado residents can suffer in their lifetime, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most complex and frightening of them all. There is a wide variance of severity in these injuries, ranging from temporary cognitive issues as result of a mild concussion to those that are much more severe and even life-threatening. Victims who suffer a TBI through no fault of their own often have the right to pursue damages for many of the unfortunate expenses they are suddenly facing.
The majority of reported traumatic brain injuries occur as the result of motor vehicle accidents. Certain types of sports, slip-and-fall accidents, forcefully shaking infants and other acts of violence are frequent causes of TBI as well. In many of these cases — referred to as primary brain injuries — the full extent of the injury is suffered right when the incident occurs. However, victims who sustain what appears to be minor harm should remain vigilant for the potential of secondary brain injuries, where symptoms can develop days, weeks and months later.
A traumatic brain injury can have a myriad of different short- and long-term effects. Some of the most common of these symptoms include the following:
- Motor skill deficiencies, such as loss of coordination and balance, weak or paralyzed limbs, and difficulty swallowing
- Cognitive issues, including memory loss, confusion, the inability to solve problems and going into a coma
- Psychological changes, such as depression, anxiety, irritability and a loss of general motivation
The aftermath of suffering any form of brain injury can be a challenging time, both emotionally and financially. Fortunately, there is support and assistance readily available to those who suffered harm due to another party’s negligent or reckless actions. A successfully litigated personal injury claim can provide much-needed monetary relief to TBI victims for their pain and suffering.