Traumatic brain injury (TBI) tends to follow the footsteps of a younger crowd, those in their 20s and 30s. After all, this is an active group, participating in sports, fast driving, biking and other somewhat dangerous adventures. The most often cited cause of traumatic brain injury is automobile accidents and/or motorcycle accidents. This type of injury has been dubbed “silent” because no one really “sees” it, and if they don’t spot the symptoms, the victim could die. Often it’s the last thing people think about when treating injuries as a result of a head impact.
There is a common belief that not much can be done for people with brain injuries. Some experts say brain damage is not permanent because of “plasticity.” This means the brain rerouting signal from old paths to new paths forged between cells. The bottom line here is brain injury patients can heal with the right prompting. While this concept needs to be taken into the field out of the lab, it may have enormous potential for TBI patients.
Even with the new developments in the field of brain cell death and plasticity, TBI itself largely remains a mystery because no two people are affected in the same manner. This means there are no standard treatments. What needs to happen now is to find ways to nudge the brain into growing new connections and pathways to circumvent brain injury for the future.
Every year over 50,000 people die from TBI, more than 23,000 are hospitalized and survive and close to 80,000 are living with long-term disabilities. If you have been injured in an accident that was the result of another’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you retain an experienced attorney and choose to pursue personal injury litigation , you may want to investigate lawsuit funding, because most personal injury cases take a while to settle. Lawsuit funding is a service that provides accident victims, who are pursuing litigation for their injuries, with a lawsuit cash advance, before they settle or otherwise resolve their cases. The money could be used to pay important bills and expenses, like mortgage or car payments, or assist in paying their accident related medical bills, therapy or other expenses incidental to the accident and treatment of the injury. A lawsuit cash advance would mean a TBI victim could wait for a fair settlement rather than have to take whatever is offered because they are being threatened by creditors or foreclosure, and need money immediately. It is not for everyone or every situation, but it an important strategic tool for those who are considering sacrificing a valuable case for pennies on the dollar.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.