October 3, 2014
What should I know if I sustain a TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild concussions to severe damage that causes permanent disabilities. If you have suffered any degree of traumatic brain injury (TBI), your first priority should be seeking the appropriate medical attention, diagnosis, and treatment to avoid further injury or damage. Also be aware that the signs and symptoms of brain injuries sometimes do not show up for days or weeks after the initial injury, so if you have hit your head, you should always keep an eye out for arising symptoms even if none are immediately apparent.
After you are diagnosed with a TBI, you should consult with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney as you may be able to recover in court if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. The most common causes of traumatic brain injury lawsuits include:
- Motor vehicle accidents—Car accident victims often suffer TBI from hitting their head on the steering wheel, dash, or windshield. Even though airbags now provide some protection from blows to the head, even a sharp jolt of the head can cause TBI from the brain shaking inside the skull. Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to TBI since collisions often cause them to fall off the motorcycle and collide with the ground.
- Falls—Fall victims can suffer TBI from falling from a height or from simply slipping and falling on even ground. Falls from heights are common in workplace accidents, such as construction workers or painters falling from scaffolding or off of a ladder. Slip and fall accidents commonly occur on commercial property due to flooring defects or slippery surfaces. Nursing home residents often suffer TBI after a slip and fall in the bathroom or fall out of bed.
- Sports injuries—TBIs are common in sports, especially in high-contact sports such as football, boxing, or hockey. Since injuries are common in sports, to win a claim for TBI in a sports injury, you must show that a coach, sports league, or another player acted negligently or there was a defect in the protective equipment.