Brain Injuries

Fighting for TBI Victims in South Bend, Indiana

A brain injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by trauma to the head. A serious blow can often disrupt the normal functions of the brain. Injuries to the head affect people in different ways. The same force can cause a mild injury in one person and a severe, disabling injury in another. TBIs are easily one of the most serious and complicated injuries that can arise from a traumatic event.

Every year, thousands of deaths result from head injuries, and countless others suffer permanent disability as a result of brain injuries. While most head injuries are minor, when a brain injury does occur - even an injury characterized by your doctor as minor - serious problems can arise. Common causes of head injuries include traffic collisions such as car accidents and truck accidents, falls, industrial or occupational accidents, physical assaults, and accidents in the home.

Symptoms of a Serious Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can be serious and debilitating, yet sometimes the initial signs and symptoms are very subtle. In some cases, symptoms may not appear until days or even weeks following the injury. Some common signs of a TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Slowness in thinking, speaking, and reading
  • Getting easily confused
  • Feeling tired and having no energy or motivation
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Light-headedness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears

Persons who sustain severe brain injuries often have neurological and cognitive deficits as well as problems with physical functioning and may require long-term or lifelong help to perform activities of daily living. Even people who have suffered a mild head injury may experience permanent deficits that make it impossible for them to return to their previous lifestyles and normal activities. Extensive research has confirmed that it can be very difficult for head injury victims to return to normal family or community life.

TBI Statistics & Treatment

Each year in the United States, an estimated 2 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries. Approximately 1 million are treated and released from hospital emergency departments, and 230,000 Americans are hospitalized annually as a result of TBIs. Every year, 80,000 Americans experience the onset of long-term disability as a result of sustaining TBIs, and more than 50,000 people die each year as a result of TBIs.

Immediately following a TBI, the victim is normally treated in a hospital setting. The patient will usually be treated by a neurologist and / or a neurosurgeon. Before being released from the hospital, the patient will be given physical and psychological examinations. After being discharged, the patient will likely undergo a regimen of extensive rehabilitation involving physical therapy, occupational therapy, visual therapy, and cognitive remediation. The hospital stay and rehabilitation are often lengthy, painful, and expensive.

Choose Your Attorney Carefully

Not all attorneys are alike. Each South Bend personal injury attorney at Sweeney Julian has extensive experience handling cases involving traumatic brain injury. We understand just how serious a brain injury can be. We know how to analyze, prepare, and present a damage claim in these cases. We are prepared do what it takes to fully develop your case using a battery of experts when necessary.

We know that you may see many types of doctors and other medical providers during your care, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and other specialists in therapeutic medicine, and we are committed to maintaining relationships with all of your medical providers. We know the medicine required and we are familiar with the types of treatment necessary as well as the costs involved in treating TBIs. Because we know what the future holds for a person who has suffered a TBI, we will prepare and organize your case with an eye toward obtaining the compensation required for long-term rehabilitation.

We at Sweeney Julian stand by to help you in your time of need. We can help guide you through the stress of recovery. We will spend the time necessary to help you through the process while at the same time doing everything necessary to understand how this terrible injury has affected your life. Our staff will dedicate themselves not only to helping you make your case but also to helping make your life easier during your recovery. Call us today.

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