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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often considered the most dire of all injuries since they can affect not only physical but mental and emotional function. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you need a thorough medical evaluation. If your injury was the fault of another party’s negligent, reckless, or malicious behavior, you also need a consultation with a highly competent personal injury attorney to determine what steps must be taken to make sure you collect the damages you deserve for your complex, long-term injury.

Defining Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by violent blows or jolts of the head in which the brain bangs against the skull or in which the brain collides with a foreign object. The result is brain dysfunction. Since the brain is the control center of the body, brain dysfunction may have neuromuscular, sensory, cognitive, behavioral or emotional consequences.

Causes of Brain Injuries

Despite being surrounded by the tough bone of the skull, the brain is not invulnerable. Traumatic brain injuries can occur due to:

  • Falls
  • Vehicular accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Physical assaults, including shaken-baby syndrome (which can also occur in adults)
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Falling debris
  • Construction accidents

Who Is To Blame for Your TBI?

Our sharp personal injury attorneys will work diligently to make certain that the party responsible is held accountable for all the costly consequences of his/her misconduct. Whether the defendant is a drunk driver, a negligent football coach, a store owner with a slippery floor, a distracted surgeon, a company that manufactures dangerously defective products, or a person who has assaulted you (whether or not convicted of a crime), we will accumulate enough evidence to convince the court to award you the damages you and your family deserve.

We will stand firm in our quest to win you compensation for:

  • Lost income (present and future)
  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent incapacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

There are two basic types of traumatic brain injuries, closed and open. A closed TBI happens when there is a blow to the head that forces the brain to hit against the skull, commonly causing swelling of brain tissue or blood clots. An open TBI, on the other hand, involves a fracture of the skull that causes the brain itself to make contact with a penetrating object — such as a construction tool or a bullet.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Depending on the part of the brain impacted and upon the severity of the injury, TBI symptoms can include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Sleep and balance difficulties
  • Irritability, anxiety, depression
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of a TBI is that serious symptoms may show up years after the incident that caused the injury. These include:
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Mood swings, including irrational outbursts
  • Impaired language skills (e.g. inability to speak clearly, to understand speech, or to read)
  • Further impairment of cognition or memory
  • Loss of sensation in the extremities
  • Increased risk of seizure or stroke
  • Impaired ability to concentrate, work, or engage in social interactions
  • Physical weakness

Treatment For Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries require immediate evaluation; some require urgent surgical intervention to relieve swelling and/or ensure continued blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Physical activities should be avoided until the patient receives medical clearance.

Serious TBIs require various types of rehabilitation — physical, occupational (which helps the patient relearn effective methods of performing everyday activities), and psychological (to aid with adjusting to an altered lifestyle after the injury). Patients who have suffered severe TBIs will need assistance to perform formerly automatic tasks such as bathing, toileting, and dressing. Some may be able to relearn these skills; others will require long-term care.

Understanding Modified Comparative Negligence
Ohio is a state that works under the principle of comparative negligence which means that the court may determine that your action or negligence played a part in the incident that caused your TBI. If this is the case, it simply means that you will have a percentage deducted from the damages you win. You can count on our capable personal injury attorneys to be as persuasive as possible when it comes to convincing the court that your percentage of blame is minimal or non-existent.

Contact Our Cincinnati Brain Injury Attorney

Our talented personal injury attorneys are well-equipped to see you through the struggle to regain your footing. We will file a lawsuit on your behalf against the person or entity responsible for your traumatic brain injury. We will gather all pertinent evidence, interview witnesses, examine emergency and other medical data in order to advocate powerfully for your right to financial recompense. And we will always treat you with compassion and respect.

We have the legal knowledge, tactical skills, and track record of successful outcomes to win your case. Moreover, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win you the substantial funds you deserve to restructure your life and regain your sense of stability and justice. Contact us promptly so that we can start securing the future for you and your family and restoring your peace of mind.