Doctor unwrapping the wrap in the patient's headAccidents occur and sometimes result in a variety of injuries. One such injury is traumatic brain injury (TBI), which has varying definitions according to specialties, events and circumstances.

However, legal experts such as the personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of John D. Halepaska agree that those who experience TBI have rights that should be protected.

More Than Just Brain Injuries

TBI is non-degenerative and non-congenital, and it comes from an external mechanical trauma, resulting in impairment of cognitive, psychosocial, or physical functions. It can also be associated with decreased or a changed state of awareness or consciousness.

There have been varying definitions of TBI, including brain injury and head injury, even without the neurologic effects. For legal purposes, the lack of a standard definition is a cause of problems when validating for inclusion in medical case categories.

Causes of TBI

A variety of things or events can cause TBI. Among the top three causes are car accidents, firearm injuries, and falls. Car accidents leading to TBI usually cause spinal cord injuries and deceleration injuries. TBI due to the discharge of firearms, where the victim is hit by a bullet on the head, have a 90% fatality rate. There is no known cure to TBI, and the only approach is to prevent it from happening.

Since TBI cannot be reversed, the victim may not be able to go back to his former work or duties. In case of an accident, the victim may lose his capacity to earn as much as before the injury. On top of this, there are also medical bills that need to be paid. Redress in the form of compensation for legal damages is usually sought with the help of a personal injury lawyer.