What Types of Accidents Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries?
When bodily organs are damaged in accidents, victims often suffer much more profoundly than if their injuries only involve skin, muscles, and bones. Most organs are vital to life, and when they’re damaged, it can impair their function—which can be life-threatening.
It can be strange to think of the brain as simply an organ, as it’s where memories, personality, skill, and emotions are formed and stored. But like any organ, it can be damaged in accidents, and when it is, victims can experience a wide range of complications, ranging from personality and behavioral changes to motor skill deficits and impairments.
Accidents that can cause traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motorcycle accidents—Many states require motorcyclists to wear helmets simply because of the extreme likelihood of a traumatic brain injury or death in riders who aren’t wearing them when they crash. TBIs can occur even to riders who wear helmets, although their risks are much lower.
- Car accidents—Although people in cars, trucks, and SUVs are protected by seatbelts and airbags, they can still suffer TBIs in crashes. Victims don’t even need to impact their steering wheels, dashboards, or seats to suffer TBIs, as the forces generated in a crash are enough to cause them.
- Truck accidents—Big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds—that’s up to 16 times more than even some of the biggest passenger vehicles on the road. It’s no surprise that semi-trucks generate more force in crashes, the more force involved, the greater the likelihood of a TBI.
TBIs aren’t just traumatic and disabling, they’re also expensive. At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our job to help victims get full compensation. Contact our Roanoke brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence.
Are Traumatic Brain Injury Claims Worth More Than Other Injury Claims?
When injured victims file compensation claims or lawsuits, they typically want to get as much money as possible for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But the amount of money they can get is limited by the severity of their injuries, including how expensive they are to treat, how much they impact their lives, and how long they are expected to last.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are at the upper end of the scale on all of those factors. Because the brain has only partial healing capabilities, people who suffer TBIs typically suffer from the effects of them for the rest of their lives. And unfortunately, those effects can be profound and even disabling. For example, some TBI victims are incapable of living independently, let alone working and earning a living.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we do in-depth analyses of our clients’ injuries to determine exactly how much they’re owed for what they’ve gone through and what they will go through in the future. Then, we create demand letters that we send to insurance companies that spell out every penny our clients deserve in compensation.
TBI victims often need substantial settlements to even come close to compensation them for their losses. That’s because TBIs profoundly change victims’ lives and even the lives of their loved ones. If you or someone you love is a TBI victim and was injured by someone else’s negligence, we want to help.
Contact our Roanoke brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll give your claim the respect it deserves, and we won’t rest until the insurance company knows your story and how much money you need to move forward.
GET THE FACTS ON TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) accounted for around 30% of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. every year. In 2014 alone, TBIs resulted in 2.5 million emergency room visits, nearly 300,000 hospitalizations, and nearly 57,000 deaths.
The brain is an extremely sensitive and vulnerable organ. TBIs have become much more common over the past century as more and more people drive or ride in vehicles on a daily basis. Even with safety features such as seat belts and airbags, vehicle occupants are still at high risk of TBIs during crashes. In addition, elderly adults are also at high risk of TBIs due to slips and falls.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons says that around 13.5 million people live with TBI-related disabilities in the U.S. alone, and around 150 people die every day as a result of injuries that cause TBIs. Unfortunately, TBIs are increasing—there was a 53% increase in the number of TBI-related ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from 2006 to 2014.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke traumatic brain injury lawyers have helped many victims whose lives have been forever changed by TBIs. We know the challenges that they face, including physical, emotional, cognitive, and financial. It’s our goal to help them get the money they deserve, especially when someone else’s negligence resulted in their injuries.
If you or someone you love suffered a TBI, we want to speak with you. We’ll work hard to prove the injury wasn’t your fault, determine exactly how much money you’re owed, and fight to get you paid. Contact us today for a free consultation.