The Overwhelming Aftermath of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In May 2008, Bridgid Ruden crashed her bicycle on a University of Iowa campus trail. Despite wearing a helmet, the mother of three was left in a coma with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). But now, the wrongful parties are being held accountable. Bridgid won a $1.2 million settlement from the city of Coralville, the state of Iowa and the construction company responsible for the trail. The parties were civilly liable due to negligence in the design, construction and maintenance of the trail, which created a serious danger for cyclists.
There are two main categories of TBIs: closed injuries and open injuries. A closed TBI is when unusual force causes the brain to hit the inside walls of the skull. This type of injury is commonly caused by motor vehicle crashes or industrial accidents. An open TBI is when a foreign object ruptures the skull, causing serious structural damage and allowing dangerous germs to penetrate the brain. This type of injury is commonly caused by falling objects, guns or sharp blows to the head.
Every year, there are more than 1.4 million TBIs reported across the country. The majority of TBIs are not life threatening, such as concussions or other mild traumas, but they can also be more severe. When someone suffers a severe TBI, it may result in an impairment of cognitive abilities, motor function, sensation and emotion. Further, it may even result in permanent disability or death.
After a TBI, the victim and his or her family may face crushing medical expenses. Over the course of a lifetime, the medical and rehabilitative costs for a TBI can easily reach into the millions. And unfortunately, insurance companies may attempt to deny coverage.
A TBI creates a huge financial and emotional toll for both the victim and his or her family. However, an experienced Tulsa head injury attorney can help ease this burden. At The Barkett Law Firm, we’ll make sure the wrongdoers are held accountable and the insurance companies pay up.