According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year and 50,000 of those cases end in death. It is estimated that more than 5.3 million people need long-term or lifelong help because of a brain injury.
The personal injury lawyers at Gemma Law Associates, Inc., have handled numerous claims involving traumatic brain injury throughout the State of Rhode Island. Our experience means that we understand how a TBI can impact your life and affect your ability to work, your personal relationships and your capability to perform everyday tasks.
A TBI occurs when sudden trauma to the head disrupts the function of the brain. Although a TBI is a common injury, it can range in seriousness from mild to severe. A mild brain injury involves loss of consciousness or disorientation lasting less than 30 minutes. Symptoms include headaches, attention deficits, mood swings and memory problems. In a severe brain injury, the person loses consciousness for more than 30 minutes and experiences memory loss for 24 hours or longer. Higher level cognitive functions may be impaired in severe cases or the person may lapse into a coma. The range of injuries and degree of recovery varies on an individual basis.
A TBI is a unique injury that does not heal like other physical ailments. In fact, the effect of two similar brain injuries may be very different.
Traumatic Brain Injury Effects:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty with language
- Personality changes
- Long-term unresponsive states
Although the causes of TBIs are diverse, the most common reason is a traffic collision such as a car, truck, bike or motorcycle accident. TBIs also occur during athletic games and from falls. A TBI may even be caused by medical malpractice due to a failure to properly treat or diagnose an injury.
If you believe that you or someone you love has suffered a TBI that was the fault of another person, contact the personal injury lawyers at Gemma Law Associates, Inc., today. We serve clients in the Rhode Island communities of Providence, Newport, Warwick, Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Cranston and Bristol. You may be able to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and disability. Your spouse may be able to collect compensation for loss of consortium, including the value of lost services and the loss of companionship. Contact us by calling toll free or by filling out our online form.