Many think that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from only serious accidents. However, a head injury can occur from something as seemingly innocuous as tripping and banging one's head on the ground. In certain circumstances, an injury that results from another party's negligence might qualify for a premises liability claim that could allow a Connecticut victim to obtain the medical care such injuries require. These types of claims are appropriate when someone who is lawfully on the property of another party is seriously injured due to the negligence of the property owner and/or the party in possession.
If the injury is severe enough, the victim may spend time in a coma. This period can last indefinitely with no signs of progress. Once the brain begins to heal, the patient will likely experience a time of gradual wakefulness mixed with periods of confusion and poor memory. This phase is often dependent on the amount of time the victim was unconsciousness.
The amount of time for recovery is a reflection of the severity of the injury. Additionally, the extent of recovery is dependent on the nature and location of the injury. Furthermore, the brain cells that were damaged in the initial injury and resulting swelling do not regenerate. Instead, the portions of the brain that were not injured will take over the functions of the damaged areas as much as possible.
The treatment for traumatic brain injury often requires extensive rehabilitation and therapy, though it is often impossible to determine if a victim will ever resume a normal life. Because of the possibility of a victim experiencing lifelong consequences, it is imperative to obtain the best medical care available to facilitate the best outcome. When grounds exist for a premises liability claim or a personal injury lawsuit in Connecticut, an attorney can provide ongoing support and assistance in pursuing financial redress against the party or parties believed responsible.
Source: tbi.org, "Stages of recovery", Accessed on July 6, 2017