Traumatic injury to the brain is a major life-altering condition. It affects nearly every aspect of the victim’s life, including their family and caregivers. Unfortunately, brain injuries are on the rise as a result of distracted driving and sports injuries.
An acquired brain injury is damage to the brain that occurred after birth, not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. A specific type of acquired brain injury, one that has been getting significantly more awareness due to concussions in sports, is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is sudden physical damage to the brain. The damage may be caused by the head forcefully hitting an object, such as the dashboard of a car (closed head injury), or by something passing through the skull and piercing the brain, as in a gunshot wound (penetrating head injury). The most common causes of head trauma are motor vehicle accidents. Other causes include falls, sports injuries, violent crimes, and child abuse.
The effects of an acquired TBI can differ based on what part of the brain was injured. Most TBIs are caused by focal brain damage, damage confined to a small area of the brain. Beyond just focal damage, closed head injuries can also frequently cause diffuse brain injuries or damage to several other parts of the brain. Diffuse damage occurs when an impact causes the brain to violently shift back and forth against the inside of the hard skull. With this in mind, it is not surprising that the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, the areas of the brain controlling speech and language, often receive the most damage. Damage to these areas of the brain can result in a wide-range of problems, including but not limited to:
- Voice changes
- The sense of smell
- The sense of taste
- Critical thinking
An acquired TBI can affect many aspects of your life. Beyond just the pain and suffering of the injury itself, it is possible that a person with a TBI will never be able to return to earning a living in the same manner he or she did prior to the accident. This can negatively impact your earning capacity, standard of living, and cause significantly more stress at home. If you or someone you know has suffered the effects of a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to significant compensation for that injury and its devastating damages.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and give you an honest opinion about what steps you should take moving forward. Get the help you need and deserve by calling Pribble Law, PLLC today at 512.829.1558, or use our online form to request a free consultation about your case.