Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that an estimated 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Most are minor, but victims may still suffer from cognitive deficiencies, memory loss, and other long-term complications. Individuals who suffer a severe brain injury are likely to have even further (and potentially life-long) deficits. If you or someone you love has recently suffered a brain injury, the following information can help you know what to expect, both immediately and in the long-term.
Minor Traumatic Brain Injury
Minor brain injuries rarely require extensive medical treatment, but victims still need time to heal (typically anywhere from one week to a month). While going through the healing process, victims may struggle with concentration and social interactions, or they may suffer from memory loss, depression, irritability, and common other brain injury symptoms. Though often concerning for victims and their families, such symptoms are a normal part of the recovery process, and they usually dissipate over time, with little to no medical intervention.
Moderate to Severe Brain Injuries
Victims will typically need a significantly longer period of healing after a moderate to severe brain injury (the time needed will often correlate with the severity of the injury, but this is not always the case). Individuals may suffer from severe deficits, and they may experience mood swings or behavioral and personality changes that upset family members and friends. These can be difficult to cope with and highly concerning for those closest to the victim. There may be other challenges present as well. For example, if the injured party was the breadwinner of the family, they may be unable to return to work, and that can set the family up for financial devastation. Thankfully, there are cases in which the victim is entitled to compensation.
Contact Our Green Bay Brain Injury Lawyers
Depending on the circumstances of the injury, TBI victims and their families could be owed compensation for the losses they have experienced (i.e. medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.). Increase your chances of full and fair compensation by contacting Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. for legal assistance. Skilled in handling even the most complex of cases, our Green Bay brain injury lawyers aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome in every situation. Schedule your free initial consultation to get started. Call 920-739-7366 today.