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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most dangerous events due to an accident. Every day, people in Anderson head out the door to either get in their car, take a walk, or go bicycling. Some may cruise the area on their motorcycle. The last thing they probably think about is being involved in a collision. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 61,000 people died from TBIs in 2019. Many of those deaths occurred due to traffic accidents and other reasons such as a defective product or fall.

Filing for Compensation Following an Anderson Brain Injury

Medical costs following a brain injury can be astronomical and continue into the future. In addition, someone with severe brain trauma may be unable to return to work and become permanently disabled. By filing a claim against an at-fault driver or other entity responsible for the injury, the client may claim damages that will not only cover their current expenses and losses but those that occur in the future.

Seeking Legal Advice Following a Brain Injury Accident  

Over the years, our law firm has assisted many people with a brain injury or their families who are acting in their stead in obtaining the compensation they deserve. Whether the injured family member can remain at home or enter a long-term facility for treatment, it may be possible to recover the compensation needed to care for your loved one by filing a personal injury claim. This helps avoid financial strain and gives the injured person and family a sense of justice, knowing the at-fault party is being held responsible for their actions. 

At, we’ve defended the rights of those who suffered a TBI to get them fair compensation since 1982. It helps the injured person and gives their families the knowledge that their medical care will continue. The recovery of damages for a TBI is important, especially in severe cases, because a TBI can be life-altering and debilitating.

Common Types of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be minor, or they cause moderate or severe trauma. Not all brain injuries produce symptoms right away. Symptoms may be delayed or increase with time. An explanation of the different types of brain injuries and their severity and symptoms are below.


The mildest forms of a TBI are concussions. They are caused by striking the head, a blow to the skull, or shaking. Any of these actions can happen in an accident. Even rear-end collisions at low speed can result in concussions because the head gets thrown forward and snaps back. Symptoms may not appear until days after an accident and can include:

  • The injured person may experience a headache that cannot be relieved or increases in intensity.
  • The individual may appear confused or complain about having brain fog.
  • Vomiting and nausea may occur in some individuals.
  • The speech may be slurred.
  • Dizziness may occur as well as ringing in the ears.
  • Cognitive problems may arise, such as forgetfulness, difficulty understanding directions, or feeling overwhelmed.
Watch the following YouTube video to find out what happens when you have a concussion.

Moderate Trauma TBIs

Symptoms of a moderate TBI may result in unconsciousness for 30 minutes to 24 hours. In a moderate brain injury, symptoms may not appear until hours later and either stay the same or get worse. In some people, symptoms can be delayed for weeks. The symptoms include headaches, migraines, light and sound sensitivity, problems sleeping, seizures, and more. A moderate TBI can cause health problems long-term and result in permanent disability.

Severe Trauma in a Brain Injury

Long-term health issues are common in those who suffer a severe TBI and survive the experience. A patient with a severe TBI often remains unconscious for over a week. Amnesia may be present, at least for a while. Physical symptoms can be severe such as in those who suffer a moderate injury, but cognitive defects may be apparent also such as:

  • Changes in personality and intelligence
  • Reduced attention span
  • Lapses in memory
  • Poor judgment
  • Less awareness
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Lack of motivation
Types of Brain Injuries

When a brain injury is more severe, it is usually due to one of the following conditions. Patients with moderate to severe TBIs are often hospitalized in intensive care, especially if additional symptoms arise. Types of injuries can include:

  • Recurrent concussions: An individual who suffers from recurrent concussions, such as a football player or boxer, may develop this dangerous progressive brain condition, leading to a permanent disability.
  • Brain hemorrhage: A brain hemorrhage can cause out-of-control bleeding. This condition may occur in the tissue of the brain or the area surrounding it.
  • Hematoma: Hematomas occur when the blood pools either outside the blood vessel or clots. The problem amplifies if it causes pressure to increase in the skull. Unrelieved, it causes permanent brain damage.
  • Fractured skull: Skull fractures cause facial bruising, swelling, and bleeding from the nostrils or ears. Depending on the extent of the fracture, it can either heal on its own or require surgical repair.
  • Edema: The human body responds to injury by causing swelling of the injured area, including the brain. However, because the brain is enclosed in the skull, swelling can interfere with blood flow, a dangerous condition.
  • Diffuse axonal injury: This serious injury is often fatal because it damages the brain cells and causes swelling. If the patient survives, they may suffer severe brain damage.
Anderson Brain Injury Lawyer

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m an Anderson brain injury lawyer. We would be honored to offer you our compassionate, free, and friendly advice when you phone us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. We can answer your questions, tell you whether or not you have a case, and let you know what options are available to obtain the compensation you deserve. You can also contact us by using the online message form.

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