Providence Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Accidents involving injury to the head can often lead to concussions, also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Concussions awareness has gained traction in recent years due to the concerns of TBI caused by football and hockey injuries, but traumatic brain injuries can happen in almost any type of accident. TBI has the potential to cause permanent injuries or even death for the victim, so it is critical that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible if you suspect a concussion after an accident. For legal advice about your potential claims following an accident involving a concussion injury in Rhode Island, reach out to the knowledgeable Providence traumatic brain injury lawyer at the Kiselica Law Firm today.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury occurs when the head receives a significant blow or jolt in an accident or when the head receives a penetrating blow from an object. TBI can range from mild to severe depending on the amount of damage caused by the accident, and the symptoms range from the behavioral and neurological to the physical and sensory.
For mild TBI, common symptoms include quick loss of consciousness, being dazed or disoriented, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, concentration problems, mood changes, and feeling depressed. Moderate to severe concussions show more concerning symptoms such as long loss of consciousness, persistent headache, seizures, repeated vomiting, clear fluids draining from nose and ears, loss of coordination, profound confusion, agitation, slurred speech, and coma. Failure to treat concussions immediately after injury can lead to some of these symptoms becoming permanent or worsening to the point of death.
Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Calculating damages for TBI can be a complicated process due to the long lasting nature of some symptoms following a concussion accident. Compensation for TBI can include both economic and noneconomic damages from the party responsible for the harm caused to the victim. Economic damages refer to out of pocket expenses after an accident such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, property damage, and future lost income and benefits. Noneconomic damages compensate the victim for the intangible harms caused by the injury, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
It is important to note that Rhode Island operates as a comparative negligence state when it comes to personal injury accidents like those involving TBI. This means that the court determines the degree of fault for each party involved in the accident and reduces the overall compensation award by that percentage. For example, if a concussion accident caused the victim $100,000 in damages and the victim was found 25 percent at fault, the overall award would be reduced to $75,000.
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Traumatic brain injuries impact not only the victim of the accident but also their family and loved ones. To learn more about the wide range of legal services the Kiselica Law Firm offers our personal injury clients in the Providence area, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation of your case.