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Morgantown Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are medical conditions that may require long-term care and rehabilitation. These injuries fall into a complex spectrum, and no two cases are exactly alike. Some victims of TBI may experience difficulty with movement and coordination, while others struggle with cognition and memory. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI following an accident and you believe someone else is legally responsible, you may be able to gain compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury results when an external force causes damage to the brain or skill. They may result from slip and fall injuries, workplace accidents, car crashes, or criminal acts. Concussions are the most common and most mild form of TBI. Brain contusions are another form of TBI that can be deadly without immediate medical treatment, as clots can form and lead to stroke or death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiles annual data on brain injuries and how they most commonly occur. According to a recent report, the most common sources of TBI include:

  • Over a third of all TBIs in the United States result from falling, and they’re responsible for 62% of all TBIs in individuals over the age of 65. Falls may result from workplace injury, nursing home negligence, or even lack of adequate lighting.
  • Car crashes. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly a 1/5 of all TBIs, and they’re the number one cause of death resulting from a brain injury.
  • Being struck by an object. Blunt force trauma may occur in recreational sports or in jobs with occupational hazards like construction or mining.

What to Do After a Brain Injury

If you or a loved one recently sustained a brain injury, you may be feeling confused or scared. Medical bills and the cost of ongoing care quickly begin to mount, and you or your loved one may be unable to return to your new job. Severe brain injuries often require long-term care and accommodation and may even require in-home medical or nursing assistance.

If you believe your injuries, or those of a loved one, were the result of someone else’s carelessness, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the liable party. Personal injury lawsuits provide financial relief to those who must deal with the consequences of a traumatic brain injury, while holding the legally responsible person accountable. Personal injury lawsuits provide compensation:

  • For economic damages, which include medical bills, lost wages, any loss in earning capacity, or the cost of rehabilitation or therapy.
  • To address general damages, which include loss in life quality, pain, suffering, and loss in guidance (for catastrophic injury).

If you think you have grounds for a personal injury claim, contact the attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group, PLLC. We help our clients identify the parties responsible for their injuries and prepare every case as if it were going to trial. In our 37 years practicing in Fairmont and Morgantown, we’ve garnered millions of dollars in settlement and court judgments for our clients. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with our firm, please contact us.