A Traumatic brain injury, often referenced – for short– as a TBI, is one of the most concerning injuries an individual can come into the ER or a doctor’s office with. Traumatic brain injuries, injuries to the brain that are caused by a violent impact or force, can affect nearly every bodily system because the brain is the body’s control center. However, the severity of the brain injury can range from being relatively mild, an injury where the patient is expected to largely recover, to extremely serious or even deadly. Making matters worse, as brain injuries become more severe the likelihood of full or partial recovery decreases.
A traumatic brain injury can mark the start of a lifelong struggle and hardship for the injured individual. Aside from the chronic pain the injured person must cope with, they often must also find strategies to work around cognitive deficits created by their injury. Regardless of whether your brain injury was due to a motorcycle accident in Sebastian County or for other reasons, Ken Kieklak has fought for accident victims in Arkansas for more than 20 years. Sebastian County, AR brain injury attorney Ken Kieklak is experienced in handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. To schedule your free and confidential initial case evaluation, call Ken today at (479) 316-0438.
What Are the Top Reasons for TBIs?
According to accident data from 2006 to 2001 that has been collected and compiled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the most common reason for brain injuries. In fact, falls account for nearly two-fifths of all TBIs at 40.1%. Other common reasons for brain injuries include:
- Approximately 15.5% of injuries occur due to the individual striking an object with his or her head.
- About 14.3% of brain injuries occur during a traffic accident.
- 7% of brain injuries are attributed to illegal assaults.
Considering these injuries from a liability standpoint, victims of TBI injuries often have means of recovering damages because there is a readily identifiable party who contributed to or is responsible for the injuries. Falls, for instance, represent the area of premises liability – an extremely common cause of accident including injuries such as slip and falls and injuries due to falling objects from retail store shelves. Likewise, drivers who drive recklessly, carelessly or those who consume drugs or alcohol before driving and cause a serious injury can also be held financially liable for the injuries.
What Problems can A Brain Injury Cause?
The severity of a brain injury is dependent upon a number of factors. However, there are three main factors that are most telling regarding the signs, symptoms, severity and potential duration of the injury.
- Area of damage – Different parts of the brain are responsible for carrying out different tasks and functions. An injury to a specific brain structure often results in specific difficulties related to the function of the damaged part of the brain.
- Severity of the injury – Brain injuries can range from a relatively mild impact to extremely violent and severe traumas. The intensity of the injury plays a major role in the level of recovery that can be expected.
- Other preexisting health issues – Preexisting conditions or already existing diseases and conditions can affect the patient’s recovery.
Traumatic brain injuries can affect the entire body including limbs, internal organs, and the brain itself. Some common medical consequences brought on by a TBI include:
- Loss of orientation to time or place.
- Difficulty in appropriate social interactions.
- Anxiety or depression.
- Trouble with communication including writing, spoken communication and body language.
- Issues with impulse control.
- Chronic migraine headaches.
- Reduced fine motor control abilities.
- Visual hallucinations.
- Facial paralysis.
- Seizures or tremors.
- Other cognitive deficits.
In short, the consequences of a traumatic brain injury are widespread and extremely serious. Many who experience a moderate to severe injury will require extensive therapy and training along with many other difficult challenges.
Contact Sebastian County Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Ken Kieklak
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious brain injury due to the reckless or careless behavior of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more. Ken Kieklak has fought for hard-working people who have suffered a serious injury for more than 2 decades. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation call (479) 316-0438 today or contact us online.