A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden force jars or impacts the brain—such as a blow to the head or an object penetrating the skull—and disrupts normal brain function.
TBIs are often life-changing injuries that require long-term care, and they are frequently fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States are the result of TBIs.
The Madison personal injury lawyers at Boller & Vaughan understand the physical, emotional and financial hardships associated with traumatic brain injuries. That’s why we fight hard to recover the money Wisconsin TBI victims and their families need to move forward with their lives.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury due to another’s negligence, please call us today at 608-268-0268 for a free consultation or contact us online to tell us your story now.
Common TBI Causes
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by any force substantial enough to jolt the brain within the skull. TBIs are commonly the result of:
- Motor vehicle accidents (especially motorcycle crashes and semi-truck accidents)
- Sports-related impacts
TBIs are also a frequent byproduct of physical violence. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the effects of traumatic brain injuries.
In comparatively “mild” brain injuries, such as concussions, full recovery may be possible. But TBIs often result in long-term or permanent complications, which may include but are not limited to:
- Fluid in the brain, which causes swelling
- Blood vessel damage, which may lead to blood clots or stroke
- Recurring headaches
- Loss of vision, smell or taste
- Memory loss
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Behavioral and emotional changes
Severe brain injuries may result in a vegetative state or death.
Traumatic Brain Injury Signs and Symptoms
TBI symptoms are often obvious and appear immediately after the trauma occurs, but in some cases symptoms may not appear for days or weeks. Most people who suffer a brain injury display multiple symptoms.
Common signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Headache and fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced cognitive functioning
- Diminished memory or attention span
- Lack of regular motor function or coordination
- Difficulty balancing
- Weakness in the extremities
- Minimized or loss of sensation
- Increased anxiety, aggression, and depression
- Mild to significant personality change
If you or a loved one suffered trauma to the head, it’s advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible even if symptoms are not instantly apparent.
TBI Costs and Compensation
TBIs can be financially devastating to victims and their families. The lifetime costs of TBI treatment often run upward of $1 million, according to data from the CDC.
The Madison brain injury attorneys at Boller & Vaughan understand the extensive costs associated with brain injuries and their long-term treatment. If another person’s negligent or reckless behavior caused a TBI, our lawyers may be able to help you pursue compensation for damages including:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of income or earning potential
- Pain and suffering
If the injury resulted in death, our attorneys may be able to help surviving family members seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Madison attorneys at Boller & Vaughan have an extensive record of success in cases involving severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. We offer free consultations to help you understand your options, and we work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we only get paid if we recover funds on your behalf.
Please call us today at 608-268-0268 or contact us online for your complimentary, no-obligation consultation.