According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) 1.5 million Americans will suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year. It is also estimated that 50,000 of those injured will die. 5.3 million Americans live with existing conditions as the result of traumatic brain injury. These conditions can be cognitive, physical, emotional and financial. They may include short or long term memory loss, attention deficit and communication issues. They may also include seizures, chronic headaches or migraines, speech impairments as well as loss of smell or taste and balance problems.
Neuropsychiatric problems from traumatic brain injury (TBI) can greatly diminish the quality of a person’s life. In addition, recent studies have shown that repetitive concussions, a type of TBI, can create neuropsychiatric problems years or even decades following the impact; a condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
The Lifetime Cost of Neuropsychological Problems
Those who have encountered neuropsychiatric problems as the result of TBI or illness, that adversely impacted the brain, may be required to seek the help of medical and psychological professionals to help them deal with their challenges and also rehabilitate them in an attempt to recover at least part of what they lost. This may mean speech and physical therapy, emotional counseling and vocational retraining. In addition, these individuals may need special equipment to assist them in performing the basic functions of living such as stair climbing and even walking. All of these needs equate to a great amount of financial cost. Couple these costs with the income that is lost over a lifetime, by not being able to work in their chosen field, and the sum becomes astronomical. This is in addition to the initial medical bills. That is why it is important for anyone who suffered neuropsychological problems, due to the negligence of another, to seek the aid of an experienced brain injury attorney.
How Does TBI Occur?
Traumatic brain injury can be from a sudden impact to the head, violent shaking of the head, rotation of the brain within the head or a penetration of the skull. The injury may be localized or diffuse, covering a broad surface of the brain. The detection of a brain injury may be immediate or long after the injury has occurred, In the case of CTE, it can only be diagnosed posthumously during an autopsy. When neuropsychiatric problems occur due to any traumatic brain injury, the possibility always exists for re-hospitalization in the future which can be very costly.
Hiring a Brain Injury Attorney
An experienced brain injury attorney knows the long term costs of neuropsychological problems caused by TBI. He or she will aggressively seek the maximum amount possible as compensation for medical expenses past and future, lost income, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life as well as punitive damages in some cases. Unlike some law firms that try to settle quickly for an easy profit, a good brain injury law firm has the resources to front the cost of litigation and the desire to go the distance to receive the maximum award.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has won many large cash settlements for the victims of traumatic brain injury for neuropsychiatric problems. If you or a loved one suffered a head injury contact a brain injury attorney at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a free evaluation of your case. You could be entitled to a significant cash award. Call us at 727-451-6900.
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