A traumatic brain injury (or TBI) is an intracranial injury that occurs when an outside force traumatically injures your brain. Each day in Virginia, thousands of patients struggle with the consequences of a TBI.
The Virginia brain injury lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman understand the severity of a TBI and the sensitivity of your case. Our experienced attorneys know how to get results and will win you the compensation that you and your family deserve. We can answer all of your brain injury questions as well.
There are a number of ways that a traumatic brain injury can occur, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycling accidents
- Contact sports
- Shaken baby syndrome
- Substance abuse
- Swimming pool accidents
TBI Is Difficult to Diagnose
A TBI can be difficult to diagnose, since not all symptoms are immediately apparent. Therefore, if you are involved in an accident that may have impacted your brain, it is essential that you see a doctor immediately. Too often victims hit their heads and walked away, believing they were fine, and then suffer severe and sometimes deadly consequences later on.
Mild and Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Mild TBIs are the most prevalent. They are often missed at the time of initial injury. Statistics show that approximately 15 percent of those who suffer a mild TBI display symptoms for a year or more. A mild TBI is the result of the forceful motion of your head or impact that causes a brief change in mental status such as confusion, disorientation or memory loss. A mild TBI can also cause you to lose consciousness for 30 minutes or less.
The symptoms of a mild TBI include:
- Visual disturbances
- Memory loss
- Fatigue or sleep disturbances
- Poor attention or difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances
- Dizziness/loss of balance
- Irritability and emotional disturbances
- Loss of smell
- Sensitivity to light and sounds
- Getting lost or easily confused
- Slowness in thinking
Severe TBIs can cause you to lose consciousness anywhere from 20 minutes to days, weeks and sometimes months. These TBIs often include cognitive defects with tasks like language processing, and difficulties with hearing, vision and sensory skills.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and would like to speak to a lawyer about collecting compensation, please contact Kalfus & Nachman to schedule your complimentary consultation by calling (800) 361-0430 or filling out our online form. Our personal injury law firm represents clients in the Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Roanoke, Virginia areas.