Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are no laughing matter. Individuals who sustain TBIs may experience temporary or permanent deficits that negatively disturb their lives. Unfortunately, the common result of a TBI is incapacitation or death. Due to negligence, TBIs are a common result of auto accidents and falls. In the unfortunate event that you have sustained a TBI due to another person’s negligence, contact a qualified Memphis Personal Injury Lawyer who can help you recover reasonable monetary compensation for your damages.
What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when a person suffers a forceful external blow to the head which causes internal bleeding and bruising to the brain. Typically, TBIs occur as a result of a person’s brain colliding with their skull. This causes contusions on the brain and can lead to significant issues such as blood clots. TBIs are classified as either mild, moderate, or severe. The symptoms and deficits victims experience are typically debilitating and negatively affect their welfare. Qualifying for compensation can be complex. To qualify for compensation, victims should try to document, if possible, any symptoms or deficits they experience as a result of their TBI. Victims of TBIs may experience the following disturbances:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Mood swings
- Loss of memory
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
How to qualify for compensation?
Regardless of whether a TBI is mild, moderate, or severe, victims of TBIs are lawfully entitled to file a claim against a negligent party to recover monetary compensation for their damages caused by another party. Several factors can impact how much a victim can be awarded for a TBI. To prove a TBI to qualify for compensation, victims can have medical expert testimonies and medical documents to prove the severity and extent of their TBI. If successful, victims may be awarded economic and non-economic damages for their injuries and losses. Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses. Economic damages may include lost wages, past and future medical expenses, lost earning capacity, and property damage. Non-economic damages are not calculable losses. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. Victims have one year from the date of the incident that caused the TBI to file a claim against a negligent party. However, they must fulfill the burden of proof. This involves proving the negligent party owed a standard duty of care, they failed to meet that standard duty, which directly caused a victims injuries and damages.
If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI due to the negligent actions of someone else, please don’t hesitate to contact our compassionate and determined team members. Our firm is committed to helping our clients in any way possible. We are ready to fight for you today.