The brain is undoubtedly the most complex organ in the human body, so much so that modern medical science still cannot fully explain how the brain works. Accordingly, when an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”), there are often serious and life-changing conditions that can require extensive surgery and medical treatment and can lead to significant, permanent impairments, such as loss of memory, speech, motor function and even death. Because of the seriousness and significance, and often permanence, of traumatic brain injuries, victims are often able make significant recoveries in subsequent civil suits.
What causes traumatic brain injuries?
Generally, traumatic brain injuries are the result of an individual suffering an impact to the head or other injury, which results in damage to the brain tissue. The damage might be noticed within seconds of the incident, or may be delayed for days or weeks. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, every year an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in the United States and 8,000 people are admitted to hospitals in Tennessee alone.
Commonly, traumatic brain injuries are caused by:
- Slip and Fall Accidents;
- Motor Vehicle Accidents;
- Trucking Accidents;
- Boating Accidents;
- Workplace Injuries;
- Medical Malpractice;
- Engineering Defects;
- Manufacturing Defects;
- Premises liability;
- Violent Assault; and
- Any other accident or action that causes an impact to the head.
What to do if you believe you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury.
1. Seek medical attention and emergency help.
First, as soon as it is possible to do so, call 911 or seek medical attention. The health of you and your loved ones is the first and foremost concern. Traumatic brain injuries damage brain tissue, which cannot be regrown, so time is of the utmost importance in seeking treatment to avoid debilitating injury. Further, seeking medical treatment as early as possible serves to document the injuries for a subsequent civil suit.
2. Personally document the accident.
In any civil suit, but especially suits involving traumatic brain injury, details are of the utmost importance and are quickly and easily forgotten. As soon as is safe and practical to do so, begin collecting evidence and document what happened. For example…
- Take pictures of the accident scene and any injuries sustained in the accident. It is also important to try to photograph any dangerous conditions that existed at the time of the accident / injury.
- Write down your recollection of how the accident occurred and what happened after. Include information such as the time and place the accident occurred, what the weather was like, who was present, contact information for witnesses and persons involved, and any other details you can think to include
3. Contact an experienced attorney.
Time is of the essence when you or a loved one have been in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. An experienced attorney, like those at Batson Nolan, will:
- Investigate the incident and determine what caused it;
- Gather compelling evidence to prove your case;
- Assemble your medical records and hire experts for trial;
- Negotiate on your behalf; and
- Represent you in court.
If you or a family member suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident or incident caused by someone else, get in touch with the experienced team of traumatic brain injury attorneys at Batson Nolan to discuss your case and begin working toward the compensation you deserve for the injuries and expenses you have suffered. As the oldest law office in the State of Tennessee, the litigators at Batson Nolan know exactly how to maximize your potential recovery through quality, aggressive litigation. Call us today.