Albuquerque Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one is suffering a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need the assistance of a qualified Albuquerque traumatic brain injury attorney. A brain injury lawyer can help to uncover and recover compensation for the injury you have suffered and how it will impact your life in the future. A brain injury requires prompt medical care, and it is important that you understand how severe this type of injury can be.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury – also referred to as “TBI” – can occur when there is direct trauma, causing damage to the brain. Sudden and/or direct trauma may cause bruising of the cerebral cortex. When a closed head injury occurs (i.e., any injury to the head that does not penetrate the skull), the brain can suffer a whiplash-type injury. This is caused by the quick acceleration, then deceleration of the brain inside of the skull. In this case, the brain clashes against the skull and becomes bruised. In some cases, the brain can become severely damaged. The CDC estimates that 52,000 of approximately 1.7 million people who suffer a TBI each year die as a result.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injury?
Most often, the cause of TBI is direct impact of the head against a stationary object. In car accidents, the stationary object could be a window or steering wheel. Closed brain injuries that cause a whiplash-type effect of the brain are common among drivers and passengers who are wearing seat belts in high-speed motor vehicle collisions. Beyond this, an auto accident may cause objects to go airborne, potentially striking drivers and passengers in the head. This, in addition to puncture wounds, may cause traumatic brain injury.
According to the CDC, between the years of 2006-2010:
- 9.2% of TBI related deaths in children ages 0-4 were associated with motor vehicle accidents.
- 55.8% of TBI related deaths in children ages 5-14 were associated with auto accidents.
- 47.4% of TBI related deaths in young adults ages 15-24 were primarily associated with motor vehicle collisions.
- Approximately 32% of TBI related deaths in adults ages 25-44 were related to auto accidents.
- Approximately 22% of TBI related deaths in adults ages 45-64 were primarily associated with auto collisions.
- Nearly 10% of TBI related deaths in adults 65 years of age or greater were associated with motor vehicle accidents.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
A victim of Traumatic Brain Injury may lose consciousness when the injury occurs; however, this is not always the case. TBI cases may range from mild to extremely severe. Mild cases – typically diagnosed as a low-level concussion – often have a very high recovery rate with proper rest and prompt medical care. Unfortunately, for many who suffer a TBI, the injury is life-long and life-changing.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury may vary widely, depending upon the severity of the injury. Brain injuries can not only cause physical injuries, but also mental and emotional disabilities. TBI may lead to the suffering of long-term or permanent disabilities.
Symptoms of TBI may include:
- Headaches, which may range from mild to severe and occasional to continuous
- Sensitivity to noise and/or light
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of motor skills and/or function, including problems with balancing
- Weakness, tingling or numbness in the arms and/or legs
- Loss of or blurred vision
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of or slurred speech
- Loss of memory
- Difficulty solving problems and/or trouble concentrating
- Change in sleep patterns
- Changes in personality, to include aggression or sudden emotional outbursts
Long-Term Effects of TBI
A TBI that is considered mild may only cause a slight, temporary change in mental status or cognitive functioning. However, many brain injuries may be much more severe. A TBI can cause lasting effects that may require daily assistance and long-term or permanent care. The injury can impact your ability to fully participate in your own life. The injury may not allow you to keep your job, take care of yourself and your family, drive, or even complete simple everyday tasks. The victim of TBI may need to relearn how to do tasks that were once simple, or may need assistance with completing them.
These effects may not be immediately apparent following the accident. Instead, issues may not appear for weeks, or even months. Sadly, permanent disability can be the outcome. Disabilities resulting from brain injury may range from memory problems to paralysis, to personality changes, and possibly even coma or death.
Accidents That Can Lead to Brain Injury
Motor vehicle accidents that can cause TBI include:
- Car accidents, including drunk driving accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle
- Bicyclist hit by a motor vehicle
Other accidents that may lead to brain injury include:
Treatment and Rehabilitation for Brain Injuries
While substantial damage to the brain cannot be undone, proper medical treatment may help to prevent further damage. This is why seeking immediate medical care is highly important AS SOON AS any symptoms of TBI are experienced. At Baskerville Law LLC, our legal professionals may be able to help you locate appropriate medical professionals.
Seek Advice from a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury due to an auto accident, and you believe that another party is responsible, contact an Albuquerque traumatic brain injury attorney as soon as possible. He/she can inform you of your legal rights and options.
Albuquerque metro residents are invited to call Baskerville Law LLC at 505-247-2774 for a FREE auto accident injury consultation.
A TBI can severely complicate everyday life. A brain injury lawyer in Albuquerque can help recover fair monetary compensation, so that life isn’t any more difficult than it already is.