Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are among the most life-threatening, catastrophic types of bodily harm you can suffer, and statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that they are quite common. More than 2.87 million people sustain TBI every year, many of whom will require medical care at the emergency room and/or hospitalization. Worse, the data shows an alarming spike in the frequency of TBI. From 2006 to 2014, the total number of hospitalizations and ED visits due to TBI increased 53 percent.
Your life could be turned around by a traumatic brain injury accident, so it is a relief to know that Colorado law provides you with options if the incident was caused by someone else’s negligence. You can get personalized advice from a Colorado traumatic brain injuries attorney, but an overview of TBI legal remedies may be useful.
How TBI Accidents Happen
A traumatic brain injury most typically occur due to a violent jolt or blow to the skull, or when an object penetrates the brain. Victims of TBI commonly incur their injuries through such incidents as:
- Car accidents;
- Truck crashes;
- Motorcycle collisions;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Slip and falls and other incidents that occur due to dangerous conditions on property; and,
- Many others.
Short- and Long-Term Implications of TBI
The medical consequences from a traumatic brain injury accident vary widely depending upon the extent of the damage, region of the brain affected, and type of injury. A TBI can range from a mild concussion to more severe and debilitating injuries. Immediately after the accident, a victim can experience memory loss, nausea, headaches, or dizziness. In the long-term, implications could include:
- Permanent brain damage;
- Cognitive disorders;
- Issues with motor skills; and,
- Behavior and mood dysfunctions.
Compensation for TBI Victims
While the exact causes of a traumatic brain injury may vary, these accidents often share a common factor: They occur because of another person’s negligence. As a result, you may qualify to seek compensation for your losses, which can be substantial depending on the circumstances and severity of the TBI. In many cases, your first step in the legal process is filing an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s insurer. If the company refuses to settle, you may need to go to court to get fair monetary damages. Examples include:
- Medical costs;
- Lost income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Diminished quality of life; and,
- Losses based upon how TBI affects your personal relationships.
Our Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Can Assist with the Legal Process
As you can see from this summary, it is essential to retain experienced legal representation to assist with the claims process after a traumatic brain injury accident. Our team at McCormick & Murphy is prepared to advocate on your behalf, so please call 719-419-8510 or visit our website to set up a free consultation. We can meet with you at our offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, or Pueblo, CO to discuss your options.