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How A Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Personal Relationships

How A Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Personal Relationships

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects nearly every area of a victim’s life, including their personal relationships. Here are some of the ways your personal relationships may change after a TBI:

Different Roles and Responsibilities

You may have been the breadwinner in your home in the past, but that can change if you suffer a TBI. TBI victims may not be physically, mentally, or emotionally able to work. As a result, their partners often have to either enter the workforce or search for additional opportunities to earn money. This shift in roles and responsibilities can put a lot of pressure on a couple, and their relationship could suffer as a result.

Mood Swings

TBI victims can also experience mood swings due to their injury. Dealing with these sudden mood swings can be difficult for friends and family members, especially if the anger is directed at them. Loved ones may not understand that you do not have complete control over your emotions. Instead, they may feel hurt or upset by something that you’ve said or done during a mood swing. This can severely affect relationships with all of your closest loved ones.

Communication Problems

Communication is an important part of every relationship. But sadly, many people have trouble communicating with others after a TBI. Victims may not be able to put their thoughts or feelings into words. It’s also common for TBI victims to struggle with understanding what other people are talking about. Not being able to effectively communicate with someone can make it hard to connect with other people and maintain personal relationships.

Self-Consciousness

Many people feel incredibly self-conscious after suffering a TBI because of the physical and mental changes that this type of injury can cause. For example, a TBI victim who struggles to find the right words or speak clearly may be self-conscious every time he opens his mouth. Someone who has physical limitations after an injury may be too self-conscious to go for a walk outside or exercise around other people. The more self-conscious a TBI victim feels, the more he will isolate himself from his loved ones. Friends and family members may feel as if they are being pushed away, and some of them may not understand why, which can lead to feelings of resentment.

If you have suffered a TBI, contact Reisch Law Firm today. Our personal injury attorneys will ensure that you are compensated for the immense suffering that you have experienced as a result of your injury. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Open vs. Closed Traumatic Brain Injuries

Open vs. Closed Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are two different categories of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): open and closed. Both of these injuries can be devastating, and many are severe enough to affect the victim for the rest of his life. But, what’s the difference between the two? Here’s a look at open vs. closed TBIs:

Open TBIs

An open TBI is characterized by a broken, penetrated, or fractured skill. This type of injury usually occurs when a foreign object enters the brain by penetrating the skull, but that’s not the only way a victim can sustain an open TBI. In some cases, blunt force trauma can crack the skull, causing a piece of the bone to enter the brain.

Open TBIs are incredibly serious and often result in instant death. This is especially true in cases where the foreign object that penetrates the skull is traveling at a high speed. For instance, a bullet traveling through the brain at a high speed is almost always fatal. Even if the victim does survive, he will experience various symptoms for the rest of his life. Some victims will lose all brain function after an open TBI, which means they will remain in a permanent vegetative state.

Closed TBIs

Closed TBIs are often sustained in car accidents when the victim hits his head against the windshield, steering wheel, dashboard, or window of the vehicle. The skull remains intact in a closed TBI, but this does not mean that the injury should be taken lightly.

The severity of the injury will vary depending on the extent of the brain damage. In minor cases, the victim will experience headaches, nausea, confusion, and dizziness. One of the mildest types of closed brain injuries is a concussion, which is often sustained in car accidents or while playing sports.

In more severe cases, the victim will lose consciousness for hours or even days. When the victim takes a strong blow to the head, the brain will start to swell and press against the skull. This can cause immediate brain damage that cannot be reversed. Some victims will sustain such widespread brain damage that they will never regain consciousness after the injury.

Even though open and closed TBIs are two different types of injuries, they do share many similarities. Every type of brain injury is considered to be extremely serious. That’s why TBI victims must get in touch with a personal injury attorney if they have been injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence.

Have you suffered a traumatic brain injury? If another person was to blame, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Reisch Law Firm today so our personal injury attorneys can explain your legal options. Schedule a free consultation by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

The Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can take a toll on you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Unfortunately, these severe injuries can also take a toll on your finances. The cost of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can vary depending on the severity of the injuries and the treatment you need to recover. But, here’s a general look at some of the costs that are associated with treating TBIs:

Total Costs of TBIs in the United States

Medical experts estimate that every year in the United States, $48.3 billion is spent treating traumatic brain injuries. Almost two-thirds of this is due to hospitalization costs, while the other one-third is attributed to the cost of TBI fatalities. It’s not surprising to see how much TBIs cost the U.S. every year, given that these injuries are a contributing factor in 30% of all injury-related deaths. It’s important to note that this figure does not include costs associated with lost income or productivity, so the actual cost is probably much higher.

The Cost Per Victim

Now that you know how much TBIs cost the country every year, you may be wondering how much they can cost each individual who suffers one of these injuries. The exact cost will vary, but it’s estimated that the lifetime cost of a mild head injury is about $85,000. But, the costs increase as the injury becomes more serious. Victims who sustain moderate head injuries should expect to pay around $940,000, while those who have severe injuries should expect to pay upwards of $3 million.

Why are these injuries so expensive? Victims may require emergency surgery immediately after sustaining a brain injury. They also may spend days, weeks, or even months in a hospital until a doctor decides their condition has improved enough to warrant a release. Victims may require months of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and mental health counseling after a TBI to help them live independently and cope with the changes.

Even after victims finish treatment, they may be unable to return to work or forced to find another job if they can no longer perform the duties of their existing one.

Based on these estimations, it’s clear that brain injury victims will need to work with an attorney who can recover as much compensation for them as possible. If you make the mistake of accepting a settlement offer before speaking to an attorney, you could end up paying for a lot of your medical expenses, which is a huge financial burden to bear.

If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today to learn how we can maximize the amount of compensation you are able to recover. Schedule a free consultation by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Every year, approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain traumatic brain injuries. Hundreds of thousands of these brain injury victims are hospitalized, while thousands more lose their lives as a result of the brain damage. How do all of these people sustain such catastrophic injuries? Here are some of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs):

Falls

The leading cause of TBIs is falls, which account for over one-third of these injuries. A brain injury occurs when the victim loses his balance and hits his head against the floor or another hard object during the fall. Falls are especially common among children between the ages of 0 to 4 and seniors that are 75 or older. These accidents can take place anywhere, including in the victim’s own home.

Struck By Objects

The second leading cause of these injuries is being struck in the head. Sometimes, these injuries are the result of accidents, such as when a construction worker is hit on the head by a falling object. But other times, the victim may be intentionally struck in the head during an assault.

This is a common cause of TBIs in children under the age of 15. As a matter of fact, this cause accounts for about 20% of all TBIs sustained by children within this age range. This could because TBIs that occur while playing sports typically fall into this category. Kids often sustain TBIs while playing football, baseball, basketball, and soccer.

Traffic Accidents

Another common cause of TBIs is traffic accidents, which includes all car, truck, and motorcycle collisions. In motorcycle accidents, these injuries often occur when the motorcyclist is thrown off of his bike and makes contact with the pavement. In other traffic accidents, TBIs usually occur when the victim hits his head against the dashboard, window, or steering wheel.

Although traffic accidents do not lead to as many TBIs as falls, the brain injuries sustained in traffic accidents are usually more serious. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related fatalities.

TBIs can be caused by many other factors that are not included on this list. Some of the less common causes include animal attacks, self-inflicted harm, and explosions.

There’s a reason why these brain injuries are referred to as traumatic—they can significantly impact the quality of your life. If you have sustained a TBI in an accident, contact the attorneys at Reisch Law Firm right away to learn how we can help you recover the compensation that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most devastating and life-changing injuries that a person can sustain. Victims often sustain these injuries in car accidents, slip and falls, or as the result of a criminal act. Many people unfortunately do not recognize the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury until hours or even days after the accident has occurred. That’s why it’s important to learn the symptoms so you can recognize them and get medical treatment right away.

Mild TBIs

Mild TBIs are the least serious and most common type of brain injury. Some of the symptoms that you may experience include:

  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Lack of coordination

If you have sustained a mild TBI, the symptoms may not appear right away. In fact, it may be days or even weeks before you start to notice that something is wrong. If you have been diagnosed with a mild TBI, you may start to see some improvement in your condition within the weeks or months following the injury. However, around 15% of people who have sustained a mild TBI continue to experience some of these symptoms for one year or more after the accident.

Moderate or Severe TBIs

Moderate and severe TBIs are much more serious than mild TBIs. Victims with a moderate TBI will lose consciousness anywhere from 20 minutes up to six hours after the injury. Victims with severe TBIs can lose consciousness for hours or days. In fact, some severe TBI victims may never regain consciousness again. Besides loss of consciousness, moderate and severe TBI victims can experience emotional, cognitive, and physical changes as a result of their injuries.

Victims may have trouble paying attention or concentrating on one thing at a time. They may find themselves easily distracted, and may frequently lose track of what they’re talking about. TBI victims often suffer serious memory loss and have trouble controlling their impulses.

Physically, moderate and severe TBI victims may experience chronic pain, changes in appetite, and paralysis. They may be unable to control their bladder or bowels, depending on the location of the injury.

Victims may notice emotional changes after an injury as well. It’s common for moderate or severe TBI victims to become depressed or easily agitated. They may exhibit a lack of motivation and become dependent on those around them. Some victims may struggle making emotional connections with other people, which makes it difficult for them to hold onto relationships they had prior to the injury.

A traumatic brain injury can have serious long-term consequences. If you have sustained a TBI because of another person’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Contact Reisch Law Firm today to discuss your legal options by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.