There are very few types of injuries more serious than traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Because of how essential your brain is to all of your bodily functions, any damage to it can have a lasting impact and adversely affect your day-to-day life. Permanent damage to your brain can have life-altering consequences that may require expensive treatments and services.

The kind of stress this can put on you and your loved ones can be catastrophic, making an already difficult situation even more unmanageable for the foreseeable future. Depending on the situation, if another person or entity was responsible for your TBI, whether it was intentional or not, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them. If you were the victim of a TBI due to the negligence of another party, make sure to contact the Panama City personal injury attorneys from Manuel & Thompson to schedule a free consultation.

How are traumatic brain injuries categorized?

A traumatic brain injury is typically defined as an injury to the head or body that causes any swelling, bruising, bleeding, or tearing of the brain tissue. Injuries of this nature are usually the result of a violent impact that ultimately has a lasting impact on the functional capabilities of the brain. Different types of TBI can include concussions, brain contusions, penetrating brain injuries, anoxic brain injuries, hypoxic brain injuries, subdural hematomas, and second impact syndrome. Due to the wide variety of injuries that can classify as a TBI, the extent of the injuries, as well as the type of treatment that may be required, can depend on multiple factors such as the location of the injury, how it happened, and the severity of it.

Depending on the injury and its severity, a TBI can usually be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. A TBI can be considered a mild injury if the victim loses consciousness for either a few seconds or a few minutes, or if they show signs of disorientation. A moderate TBI may mean a loss of consciousness for hours, as well as confusion that could persist for weeks after the incident. Potential complications afterwards may have a lasting effect on the victim’s physical, behavioral, and cognitive well-being. However, a severe TBI is the worst possible outcome which is usually life-threatening. Even if the victim survives, it is all but guaranteed that their quality of life will be altered permanently.

Seeking medical attention is essential to knowing if you have suffered from a TBI, as well as the severity of it. The assessment of a medical professional can also have a major impact on the success of a personal injury claim, along with the compensation you could be owed. Depending on the circumstances, you could be reimbursed with a substantial settlement. Having strong legal counsel by your side will be a necessity to properly navigate the process.