Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation Claims
A traumatic brain injury or TBI, also known as an intracranial injury, occurs when a trauma to the head from an external force causes the brain to be injured. There are many potential causes of a traumatic brain injury, such as the impact of hitting your head in a fall, road traffic accident, accident at home or at work, or in an assault. This can result in bruising or bleeding inside the brain as well as nerve damage. The brain can also suffer secondary damage from swelling, fever and seizures following a traumatic brain injury.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury
If you have been involved in any type of incident in which you received a blow to the head, you must seek immediate medical attention. The seriousness of a head injury may not be immediately obvious and symptoms may develop over a period of weeks. It is therefore, vital to be alert to any symptoms which could indicate that your brain has sustained some degree of damage. Equally, if a loved one has suffered any type of head trauma, it is imperative to be vigilant for any symptoms which may point to underlying damage, as the injury may impair their cognitive ability and make it difficult for them to recognise their own symptoms. Some of the key warning signs include:
- memory loss
- inability to concentrate
- personality change
If you or your loved one have any of these symptoms in the weeks after a head injury, you should tell your doctor straight away so that further investigation can be carried out promptly.
Coping with traumatic brain injury
If symptoms are recognised early and dealt with appropriately, many patients can make a complete recovery. Others may require greater support and rehabilitation in order to reclaim some of the abilities and functions affected by their injury.
In more severe cases, the injury may be life-altering, and as well as the obvious impact on the patient, can also have a serious impact on the lives of family and friends to whom the task of caring for the victim falls.
A successful compensation claim, whilst it may never be able to fully restore the victim to the way they were before their injury, can go a long way to helping both sufferers and their carers rebuild their lives. A financial settlement can help cover costs such as medical care and rehabilitation, as well as lost earnings due to inability to work and a range of other expenses.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, whether in a road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, or any other sort of incident in the last three years which was somebody else’s fault, then get in touch with our friendly, professional advisors for a no-obligation chat about your traumatic brain injury compensation claim. Call our 24-hour helpline NOW on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
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Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown