Brain injuries involve damage to the brain tissue that is generally categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild traumatic brain injuries, which are sometimes referred to as concussions, generally involve a loss of consciousness for less than 20 minutes whereas severe traumatic brain injuries are generally associated with a loss of consciousness for more than 20 minutes and a possible memory loss of more than 24 hours.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Severe traumatic brain injuries often result in neuro-biological damage that causes a permanent loss – or a permanent impairment – of one or more cognitive and/or sensory functions. These may include any – or all – of the following:
- Speech and Language
Severe traumatic brain injuries can also result in a variety of emotional and psychological changes for the injured party. Some examples of these are as follows:
- Emotional Dependence
- Lack of Awareness
- Lack of Motivation
- Mood Swings
Finally, severe traumatic brain injuries can also result in a variety of physical changes – including, but not limited to, the following:
- Appetite Changes
- Chronic Pain
- Loss of Control of Bladder and/or Bowel
- Regulation of Body Temperature
- Sleep Disorders
Because the effects of severe traumatic brain injuries often last a lifetime – and because the damage they cause often requires ongoing care and treatment – they can devastate an entire family emotionally, financially, mentally, and physically. Every member of the injured survivor’s family is usually affected – and relationships and family roles are often changed instantaneously and forever. Things are truly never the same after a member of a family has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
No family is ever prepared to deal with the consequences of a severe traumatic brain injury – especially when the injured family member was injured through someone else’s fault. The fear and urgency that occur at the time of the injury, the ambiguity and uncertainty that arise once it is clear that the injured family member will survive, and the anxiety and stress that take place as family members are forced to deal with the long-term consequences of the injury all place an enormous burden on the entire family unit.
Severe traumatic brain injuries can also have a very devastating economic impact on the entire family. Although insurance coverage may provide some relief, most policies have limits that can be exceeded very quickly when dealing with this type of injury. Litigation to seek compensation from any liable parties in your accident is often needed, though this type of matter is usually complicated, requires one or more expert witnesses, and can drag on for long period of time.
Call a Local Personal Injury Lawyer Today For A Free Consultation
If a member of your family has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, call trial attorney Michael Geoffroy today at 770-988-5252 for a free consultation or send us an email through our online contact form. Let our experienced legal team help you achieve a fair and equitable outcome for you and your family member.