A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect memory, mood and even mobility. Many people who suffer this type of injury find their lives are forever changed. While resources, care and advocacy is available for patients, trying to navigate the maze of information, assistance and insurance options is often confusing and difficult. At Rahaim & Saints, our legal team has worked with many TBI survivors and has helped them navigate the often challenging path to recovery.
How a Brain Injury Can Happen
Brain injuries can occur a number of ways, including through strokes and other medical conditions. In some cases, brain injury occurs at birth — for instance, if a baby’s supply of oxygen to the brain is compromised for some reason. Often, however, a brain injury occurs because of trauma to the brain. A TBI can occur because of:
- Car accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Gunshot wounds
- Assault and battery
- Boat accidents
- Mass transit injuries
- Sports injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Swimming pool injuries (especially related to diving injuries)
- Vehicle accidents (including motorcycle accidents and bicycle accidents)
There are essentially two types of TBIs: penetrating injuries and non-penetrating injuries. Penetrating injuries happen when something gets past the hard skull and enters the brain. In a car accident, for example, a sharp piece of metal may hit a passenger so hard that it pushes through the skull and into the soft tissue inside the brain.
A more common type of TBI is a closed-head injury, which occurs when the head is shaken vigorously or when someone hits their head very hard. When this happens, the soft brain can bounce around inside the skull, impacting the inside of the skull hard enough to cause bleeding, bruising and other significant damage.
A Serious Injury
A TBI can be a devastating injury. Patients who experience this type of injury may experience:
- Mood swings
- Personality changes
- Loss of consciousness
- Coma and death
- Memory loss
- Vision problems or even loss of vision
- Cognitive difficulties
- Mobility problems
When to Contact a Brain Injury Attorney in Delaware
If you have suffered a TBI, it’s important to get immediate medical attention and to contact a brain injury lawyer in Delaware. An attorney can help you with the insurance process, which tends to be complicated and challenging in the case of a serious injury like a TBI. An attorney can also help you decide whether you have a legal claim and can help you pursue that claim if that’s what you decide to do.
A brain injury attorney in Newark, DE and the surrounding area will protect your rights. They will look for resources so you can pay your bills and medical costs without having to worry excessively about money.
If you want to talk to a brain injury attorney in Wilmington, DE, the legal team at Rahaim & Saints would like to invite you to give our offices a call. Since 1993, we have been passionately advocating on behalf of injured Delaware residents, and we’d be happy to offer you a free consultation.