If you were in an accident, hurt your head, and in the words of a former client, “ain’t been right since,” this article is for you. You may have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). Millions of Americans are victims of TBI’s—many of which do not know they have TBI’s, difficult injuries to detect. A TBI is often caused when the brain strikes the skull or the head with another object. A concussion is an example of a TBI. TBI’s result in personality changes and can be mild, moderate or severe. Often, TBI’s are caused when a car slows down after accelerating or when a person in a collision strikes his head against the steering wheel, dashboard or other object.
Lawyers are witnessing rising numbers of TBI’s in car accidents. Almost 50% of all TBI’s are linked to car accidents. About 1.5 million new people each year are victims of these injuries—meaning around 750,000 car accidents result in TBI’s each year. Approximately 5.3 million people in the U.S. suffer from TBI’s.
Because of these statistics, every person in a car should learn signs of TBI’s. People with TBI’s often experience a combination of these, but every case is different. The common signs are loss of consciousness or memory; emotional outbursts; unusual sensations of smell, taste, or touch; and difficulty swallowing, (an easy way to remember these signs is the acronym C.E.S.S.). If you think that you have a TBI please see a doctor immediately.
Although we are not doctors, lawyers can spot signs of these injuries which can increase your case’s value. In fact, TBI’s can increase your case’s value by thousands or even millions of dollars due to their long-term effects on the personality. Good lawyers will help tell your story in a way that gets justice and fair recovery for your injury.
IF YOU WERE IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND SUFFER FROM THESE SYMPTOMS, THE MANCE LAW GROUP CAN HELP YOU. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 912.574.4LAW (4529).