What to Do After a TBI Caused by Physical Violence

Removing yourself from the situation and contacting law enforcement to deal with the perpetrator are of course the top priorities after an act of violence. Immediate medical attention is also extremely important, however, even if you or your loved one didn’t suffer a skull fracture. Unfortunately, an obvious physical head wound isn’t always apparent with a TBI. 

Loss of oxygen to the brain due to choking is an all-too-frequent occurrence during domestic abuse situations, but that is by no means the only way TBIs can occur without a visible sign. With coup-contrecoup injuries, for instance, the brain strikes one or both sides of the skull and is damaged from the force of the impact when falling or striking an object. Even if there is no physical penetration of the skull, this kind of traumatic brain injury can still result in long-term or even permanent repercussions.

Any type of brain injury, whether by a gunshot wound, choking, hitting, or pushing, may cause massive consequences to a person’s personal and professional life. While the medical bills stemming from TBI treatment are often extreme, those aren’t the end of associated costs. Considering your loved one may be unable to work full time after a brain injury, or even able to return to your job at all, part of the recovery process has to include seeking compensation. 

With the help of an attorney, a TBI victim can attempt to recoup the costs of previous and future medical treatment, therapies required to deal with cognitive and language difficulties, loss of wages, and the pain and suffering caused by these extreme life changes. 

To get financial help now, you may need to pursue a civil lawsuit against the defendant even if there is currently a criminal case ongoing. You may also be able to recover compensation even if the TBI was suffered by tripping and falling while fleeing an act of violence. An attorney can perform an investigation into the incident and find the best possible source of compensation, whether that’s the property owner for failing to provide security or the actual defendant in the criminal case.

Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims