What is a traumatic brain injury?
If you believe you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, it’s natural to feel frustration and uncertainty. The more knowledge you can gain about your situation, the better. The Center for Disease Control defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for such an injury, especially children and older adults. Not all jolts to the head result in a traumatic brain injury: the severity may range from “mild,” or a brief change in mental status, to “severe,” or an extended period of unconsciousness after the injury.
What is a concussion?
According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain, sometimes damaging brain cells. Concussions may be described as a ‘mild’ brain injury, but they are serious, even if they are not life-threatening. Some symptoms of a concussion include headaches or pressure in the head, problems balancing, and feelings of sluggishness or grogginess. Some symptoms may not show up for hours or days, so you need to seek medical attention quickly if faced with a possible brain injury.
Your Rights Under the Law
As an attorney who has handled numerous TBI/Concussion cases, I will help you make sense of your legal situation and guide you to medical providers and facilities who use the latest evaluation techniques and therapies. In general, you may be entitled to two categories of damages: Economic Damages and Non-Economic Damages. The economic damages include amounts you pay or lose due to the injury caused by someone else, such as medical bills or lost wages. Non-economic damages are the intangible ways the injury has affected you, such as pain, suffering, or limitation of activities and disruption to your life. There can be many profound ways that an injury affects your life and the life of those you love. At Injury Lawyer PDX, LLC my job is to serve Portland and surrounding areas by conveying these unquantifiable measures to a jury or insurance company in a way that makes them feel compassion and want to compensate you. My interest is in maximizing your compensation.