Traumatic Brain Injury Cases: Causes & Compensation
From concussions to other head and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs as they’re also referred to, can take on many different forms. In fact, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be classified as mild if loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation is shorter than 30 minutes. Recognizing the difference between mild head injury symptoms and severe TBI can help you get a better understanding of the outcome you can expect in court.
Other Names For Mild TBI
- Minor head trauma
- Minor TBI
- Minor brain injury
- Minor head injury
Knowing The Symptoms Of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
In the case of mild traumatic brain injuries, symptoms may not be present or noticed at the time of injury, and can take days or weeks to appear. The person looks normal and often moves normal in spite of not feeling or thinking normal. This makes the diagnosis easy to miss.
Family and friends often notice changes in behavior before the injured person realizes there is a problem. Frustration at work or when performing household tasks may bring the person to seek medical care. It’s important to note that every case is different, which means settlements can vary greatly depending on the details of each case, the severity of the injury and the affect it has on daily life.
Common Symptoms of Mild TBI
- Visual disturbances
- Memory loss
- Poor attention/concentration
- Sleep disturbances
- Dizziness/loss of balance
- Irritability-emotional disturbances
- Feelings of depression
Other Symptoms Associated with Mild TBI
- Loss of smell
- Sensitivity to light and sounds
- Mood changes
- Getting lost or confused
- Slowness in thinking
While you will want to consider how mild traumatic brain injuries and severe TBI can hinder your ability to work, generate income, as well as make up for lost income or medical costs, there is a limit to what you can receive for pain and suffering. Unfortunately, compensation for traumatic brain injuries cannot exceed a specific limit in Canada for pain and suffering alone. However an experienced legal professional can assist you in making appropriate claims to cover additional losses for both common and exceptional circumstances.
Receiving Compensation For Traumatic Brain Injuries: What You Can Expect
After finding the right lawyer to represent your case, the way you will receive any compensation is important to understand as well. Courts will commonly award any compensation in a structure that pays out over time. This is to ensure you have funds coming in to assist you throughout the rest of your life (medical bills, loss of income, etc.). Either way, you’ll need an experienced lawyer to help you through this difficult time and who will fight for the compensation you deserve.