Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are devastating. Victims and their family members often experience a range of physical, emotional, and financial consequences, from new disabilities to massive medical bills to unusual changes in mood or behavior. All of this can make it incredibly difficult for TBI victims and their loved ones to get back on their feet.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we believe that you should not have to simply deal with the consequences of a serious brain injury on your own. As your personal injury team, we will work tirelessly to hold the liable party accountable and recover the maximum compensation you are owed for both your economic and non-economic damages. Our North Dakota brain injury lawyers have helped thousands of injured individuals and families obtain justice and the financial recovery they needed to move forward.
What Is a “Traumatic Brain Injury?”
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury or damage to the brain that occurs after a person is born. There are many types of TBIs, but they are generally all classified into two categories: closed-head injuries and open-head injuries. A closed-head injury is one in which the brain is damaged without obvious physical injury to the head, skull, or scalp. An open-head injury, on the other hand, is one in which the head, skull, or scalp suffers physical damage (such as lacerations, fractures, etc.).
Some of the most common types of TBI include:
- Concussions: A concussion is a type of closed-head injury that occurs when a person suffers a significant blow to the head or when the head/brain is subjected to considerable force, leading to injury. Although they are classified as relatively “mild,” concussions can still be very serious and require prompt medical attention.
- Coup-Contrecoup: A coup-contrecoup brain injury is another type of closed-head injury that occurs when a violent force or blow to the head causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull on the opposite side. This results in two injury points on the brain: one at the initial impact site and one where the brain contacts the inside of the skull.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: A diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a serious closed-head injury in which violent movement or forces cause the “shearing,” or tearing, of microscopic connective tissues and structures within the brain. Depending on the size of these tears, brain damage can be catastrophic and may even lead to death.
- Oxygen Deprivation: Hypoxia and anoxia, two types of oxygen deprivation, can both result in catastrophic brain damage. Hypoxia occurs when oxygen is limited, whereas anoxia occurs when oxygen is completely cut off. Hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries often result from incidents such as drowning, birth injuries, and acts of violence.
- Skull Fractures: A skull fracture is a type of open-head injury in which the skull breaks. Typically, this occurs due to immense forces and/or pressure on the head. Skull fractures can lead to severe bleeding, brain damage, and death and require the immediate attention of emergency medical professionals.
- Penetrating Injuries: A penetrating brain injury is an open-head injury in which an outside object fractures, pierces, or otherwise damages the head, skull, and/or scalp, as well as the brain. Examples of penetrating brain injuries include gunshot and knife wounds, skull fractures, and more. Such injuries are among the most severe and fatal of all brain injuries.
Although closed-head injuries, such as concussions, can be more difficult to detect than open-head injuries, they are no less serious. If you suspect that you or anyone else has suffered any type of head or brain injury, regardless of how seeming mild it may be, seek immediate medical attention.
What Are the Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Generally speaking, negligence and wrongful conduct are the two most common causes of brain injuries. When other people, manufacturers, businesses, property owners, employers, and other entities are careless, reckless, or negligent, innocent people can be severely injured. Often, such conduct leads to devastating traumatic brain injuries and other catastrophic harm.
Specifically, studies have shown that the leading causes of TBIs include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falls, including slip and falls
- Sports and recreation accidents
- Violence/criminal activity
- Being struck by/against an object
- Medical malpractice/negligence
- Defective products
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
All too often, these incidents are entirely avoidable. If you believe that you or your loved one would not have been injured were it not for the negligent or intentional conduct of another, reach out to our North Dakota traumatic brain injury lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
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In our 100+ years in practice, we have earned a reputation throughout North Dakota as one of the state’s leading plaintiffs’ personal injury law firms. Our attorneys are known for providing personalized client service and aggressive, results-oriented representation. We have helped thousands of clients after serious accidents and have secured numerous favorable settlements and verdicts throughout the years.
When it comes to your TBI case, you want someone you can trust to stand up for you and fight for your rights. At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., our North Dakota brain injury lawyers are ready to do just that.
We have taken on major insurance providers and national corporations on behalf of our clients—and we have held these entities accountable for the harm they have caused. We have successfully represented brain injury clients in complex personal injury litigation involving defective products, unsafe premises, negligent drivers, and other related matters. No matter how complex or challenging your case may be, our team is ready to fight for you.
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