You’ve probably suffered a blow to the head at various points in your life. Examples could include clashing heads on the sports field, falling out of a tree or slipping on a wet floor.
Most of the time, life carries on as normal after a minor head injury that does not result in lasting damage. Yet some blows to the head can be much more serious and have huge financial implications.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
The term traumatic brain injury (TBI) generally refers to serious brain injuries. They can result from direct impact to the brain, such as if you fall onto a metal spike and it penetrates your skull and goes into your brain tissue. Or it could occur when the brain hits the hard shell of your skull with force, such as when your head is thrown forward in a car crash.
Let’s say you suffer a TBI in an accident. It could leave you in hospital for some time, with mounting medical bills as doctors do their best to limit the damage. You may leave the hospital needing long-term help to carry out everyday tasks. You might be unable to walk if the brain damage occurs in the part that controls your legs or unable to drive if it leaves you prone to dizzy spells that would make driving dangerous. The injury could leave you unable to speak or think as clearly as before, meaning you cannot return to your old job, as you can no longer do it effectively.
If you suffer a head injury in an accident, it’s vital you get medical help to assess the full extent of the damage and legal help to fight for the total amount of compensation you will need to recover from your injuries as fully as possible and mitigate the financial consequences of your harm. If another’s negligence, recklessness or intentional wrongdoing contributed to the cause(s) of your situation, you may have strong grounds upon which to file legal action.