Every person is different, and therefore, every traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also unique. In some cases, a person can fully recover from a traumatic brain injury, although the reality of sustaining a TBI is that a person may never fully be able to care for themselves alone. In this video, brain injury attorney Nancy Winkler explains that TBIs are an unusual injury in that they are generally not easy to spot. This is why they are sometimes referred to as an “invisible injury.” However, they are still very real and can greatly impact a person’s life forever.
Traumatic brain injury can be very, very severe or not as severe, depending. You don’t always see signs of a traumatic brain injury when you initially meet a person. It might be something that is less obvious. Over the years, I have represented a lot of individuals who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, children as well as adults. It can be devastating for them and for their families. We’ve represented a little girl that has suffered a traumatic brain injury and, although she’s in school and has some additional health and has a loving mom that is taking care of her, as she grows older, her doctor has told us the deficits that she will experience will become more and more pronounced, and she won’t be able to work. She won’t be able to live on her own. She won’t be able to care for herself on her own. So, if her mother is not there with her, who will care for her? What we have been able to do, in a lawsuit that we were able to file on her behalf because other individuals were responsible for causing her traumatic brain injury, is we were able to get a fund of money put away for her so that she will be taken care of for the rest of her life, so that she can get assistance that she needs for the rest of her life. And, if she can’t work and if she needs to be in either a facility or have some supervision if her mother is no longer able, her mother has the sense of security and confidence now that her little girl will be okay.