A traumatic brain injury can have immediate and lasting health effects. If you or a loved one has received a traumatic brain injury due to the actions or negligence of someone else, you may have legal options.
A Cincinnati traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you pursue the compensation that you may deserve. Our practice areas include:
- Car, motorcycle, and truck accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Medical malpractice
Call us today at (513) 407-4521 to learn more about your legal options in a free case review with our staff.
What a Traumatic Brain Injury Is
A traumatic brain injury may occur when an external force impacts the head or the brain. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among adults. There are multiple types of traumatic brain injuries, and they can vary in severity. All types of head injuries should be taken seriously and evaluated by a medical professional.
The two primary types of traumatic brain injuries include:
Closed brain injuries: this is when the head is impacted, but the skull does not break. The trauma comes from the brain colliding with the inside of the skull during the impact or shaking. This can cause brain bruising and other damage that can leave lasting effects.
Penetrating brain injuries: this is an injury that occurs when the skull breaks. A bullet or another object entering the brain may cause such an injury.
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The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can cause many types of symptoms and complications. A person with a traumatic brain injury may present with:
These symptoms could include a loss of consciousness, headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, and nausea. These can present even in cases of mild TBI. More severe injuries can result in repeated vomiting, convulsions, loss of coordination, and numbness in the extremities. A TBI can even leave behind lasting physical symptoms, causing the development of seizures and ailments like vertigo in people who did not experience such things before suffering a TBI.
A TBI can also affect someone’s senses. You may hear a ringing sound in your ears or have blurry vision. You might even begin to have trouble smelling things. Even your sense of taste can be affected by a TBI.
It is probably no surprise that a TBI can also present with cognitive symptoms. Memory problems, feelings of anxiousness or depression, and mood swings are all common. More serious injuries can also result in agitation, unusual behavior, or confusion. Some victims of TBIs can even enter a coma.
If you experience any symptoms of a TBI after an accident, receive medical care as soon as possible. Your doctor may diagnose your injuries, recommend treatment, and closely monitor your recovery progress.
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The Deadlines for Pursuing Compensation in Ohio
If you plan to pursue compensation after you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is wise to act quickly. That is because the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10 generally gives you just two years to file a personal injury lawsuit and pursue damages.
For a wrongful death lawsuit, you may have two years to file from the date of your loved one’s death, per the ORC §2125.02.
If you are filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you could have one year to file from the date when you first discovered your injuries, per ORC §2305.113. This law comes with a four-year statute of repose, or ultimate filing deadline regardless of when the injuries were discovered.
Fortunately, a Cincinnati traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer can quickly file your lawsuit and begin fighting for compensation on your behalf. To learn more about working with a lawyer on your case, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (513) 407-4521. Our staff can also go over the filing deadlines in your case during your free case review.
Damages that May Be Available in Your Case
Your attorney can help you pursue multiple types of damages. These may include:
A traumatic brain injury can cause an immediate need for hospitalization. It can lead to a need for multiple follow-up appointments with doctors and specialists, prescription drugs that need to be filled, and physical therapy. The lingering effects of a traumatic brain injury can also result in long-term care costs for a loved one. Your compensation may cover these medical costs.
Lost Wages and Future Earnings
As we mentioned, a traumatic brain injury can come with a lengthy recovery time. If that keeps you out of work for too long, those missed paychecks may start to add up and could begin creating a major source of financial stress for your household. If your injury has lasting effects on your capabilities, then you might even lose out on future earnings because you are no longer able to do the same job in the same capacity. This may all be considered when your compensation is calculated.
Pain and Suffering
Any other pain and suffering stemming from you or your loved one’s traumatic brain injury may be taken into account when your settlement is decided on.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the actions of someone else, you do not have to pursue the compensation that you may deserve all by yourself. Instead, a Cincinnati traumatic brain injury (TBI) lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC could help you take legal action.
Call us today at (513) 407-4521 to discuss your case with our client intake team. The consultation is completely free, and we do not charge you attorney fees until you receive a settlement.