People who survive serious accidents might consider themselves lucky, but both they and their loved ones will have to learn how to cope with the aftermath of the debilitating injuries they sustained. For example, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can alter someone’s personality in irreversible ways or cause frequent seizures and the need for around-the-clock care.
TBIs develop as the result of a blow to the head, and their severity depends on the force of the blow and which part of the brain it ultimately affects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs are a major cause of death in the United States, and they contribute to approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths.
Those who survive a traumatic brain injury are left to put their life back together with the help of their loved ones, which can drain the entire family emotionally and financially. If you sustained a TBI in an accident that someone else caused and you want to hold the liable party accountable, contact The Law Office of Brian K. Branch.
With a combined 32 years in legal practice, our attorneys have the experience and professionalism to help you through this tough time and get you fairly compensated. Call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free case evaluation with a head injury attorney in Albuquerque.
Read on to learn about some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury:
Young children and older adults are especially prone to serious falls that can result in a TBI, and these falls do not necessarily have to occur from a great height. Although falling off a ladder can certainly cause a traumatic brain injury, so can falling in the shower, falling down a single flight of stairs, or falling over a threshold when entering a building.
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
In every car accident, there are actually three separate collisions that occur. In addition to the car crashing into the other vehicle or a stationary object, the objects inside the vehicle collide with one another, as do the organs inside your body.
You can sustain a traumatic brain injury in a car accident when your head collides with something in the vehicle, like the headrest, steering wheel, or dashboard, or when your brain collides with your skull. Concussions, which are a mild form of TBI, are common in motor vehicle collisions, as are more serious forms of the injury.
According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 20 percent of TBIs are the result of violence like gunshot wounds, child abuse, and domestic violence. Shaken baby syndrome, which refers to a TBI that develops after shaking a baby forcefully, is just one example of a brain injury that arises as the result of violence.
If you or someone you love sustained a traumatic brain injury at the hands of someone else, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the costs associated with treating and managing it. An Albuquerque head injury lawyer from The Law Office of Brian K. Branch will assess the circumstances of your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free consultation. You can learn more about personal injury claims in New Mexico by visiting USAttorneys.