Recovering For Traumatic Brain Injuries In Louisiana
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious, even life-changing. They can affect a person’s life physically, emotionally, and financially. Matters can feel even worse if you have suffered a TBI due to the negligent actions of another person. That said, it can be difficult to decide whether to file suit against the person who allegedly caused your injuries, simply because learning to live with a TBI can take so much time and trouble.
If you have sustained a TBI due to the negligence of another person, you have the right to seek money damages for the harm you have suffered. A Shreveport brain injury attorney can handle much of the heavy lifting for you (i.e., obtaining records, filing paperwork, etc.) while you focus your energies on physical recovery.
Causes & Effects
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that approximately 64,400 deaths related to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occurred in 2020, with approximately 223,100 hospitalizations. Men are more likely to be hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries, and they are almost twice as likely to die as women. Sadly, children are also included in these totals, with approximately 17,000 hospitalizations and 2,800 deaths related to TBI.
There are many ways one can sustain a TBI, and while some of them are age-dependent (for example, one of the most common causes of TBI in young children is birth injury), some persist across the age groups. The most common reason for adult TBIs is falls, particularly among the elderly; next most common are automobile accidents, being struck or pinned by an object, or being the victim of violent crime.
TBI Cases Are Complex
While TBIs can be extremely serious injuries that require immense amounts of time to heal, it is not always easy to get a satisfactory outcome in a case involving a TBI. These cases are often quite complex, for a variety of reasons. It is not uncommon for symptoms related to a TBI to not show up immediately after an accident, or if they do, they are often overlooked as symptoms of other conditions, such as inner ear problems or epileptic disorders. Unlike many other personal injury cases, TBI cases often require the testimony of a medical expert to successfully prosecute.
Despite the medical and legal hurdles that may arise, it is generally still in a person’s best interests to seek monetary compensation against a person who allegedly caused their TBI. However, it is also generally in an injured plaintiff’s best interests to seek out a knowledgeable Shreveport TBI attorney to guide them through the legal process. Rice & Kendig can do things like obtain medical records and accident reports, and much of the legal heavy lifting, so that you can focus on recovering. Contact our office today at 318-222-2772 for your free consultation.