A sudden blow, force, or jolt to the head. A car accident that causes whiplash. These are all things that can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI happens when the brain is driven into the side of the skull and damaged.

Each year more than 1.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries. Many of these happen in Richmond, Newport News, and across Virginia.

Traumatic brain injuries vary in severity. Some TBI victims may experience a mild concussion causing swelling and bruising of the brain. Other TBI victims may have torn blood vessels that cause intracranial bleeding, memory loss, paralysis, coma, or even death. No matter the severity, a traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries you can have – with permanent disruption of the brain’s functioning being a possibility.

Brain injuries are often caused by another person’s negligence. When this happens, the victim may have a personal injury case. Common personal injury lawsuits that involve traumatic brain injuries are construction accidents, workplace accidents, car accidents, and slip and falls. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of wrongful death caused by a brain injury. If you think you’ve been diagnosed with a TBI caused by someone else’s actions, contact an experienced Richmond brain injury attorney right away.

How do I know that I've suffered a traumatic brain injury?