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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): A Guide for Accident Victims

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Peter J. Gregory
Jun 23, 2023
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Accidents can have a profound impact on a person's life, especially when they result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs are complex injuries that can cause long-lasting physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments. If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI due to an accident, it is crucial to understand the nature of these injuries and the legal aspects surrounding them. This article aims to provide accident victims with general information about TBIs, their effects, and the steps to take for legal recourse.

What are Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Traumatic Brain Injuries occur when a sudden external force impacts the head, causing damage to the brain. Common causes include car accidents, falls and sports injuries. TBIs range from mild concussions to severe brain damage, and their symptoms can manifest immediately or develop over time. It is crucial to seek medical attention promptly, as even seemingly minor head injuries can have long-term consequences.

Recognizing TBI Symptoms

TBIs can present a wide range of symptoms, both physical and cognitive. Physical symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light or noise. Cognitive symptoms can involve memory loss, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, and changes in sleep patterns. Recognizing these signs is essential in seeking proper medical care and understanding the impact of the injury on daily life.

Seeking Medical Treatment for a TBI

If you suspect a TBI, it is vital to seek immediate medical attention. A thorough evaluation by a qualified healthcare professional can help diagnose the injury, determine its severity, and create a treatment plan. Specialists such as neurologists, neuropsychologists, and rehabilitation experts play a crucial role in managing and treating TBIs. Rehabilitation therapies, medication, and assistive devices may be recommended to aid in recovery.

Long-Term Impact and Support with TBIs

TBIs can have long-lasting effects on a person's physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Rehabilitation and therapy may be required for an extended period, and in severe cases, individuals may require lifelong care and assistance. Seeking support from local TBI support groups and community organizations can provide valuable resources, information, and emotional support to both the TBI survivor and their loved ones.

Legal Considerations of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Accident victims with TBIs should understand their legal rights and options. It is advisable to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in brain injury cases. They can guide you through the legal process and help you pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Gathering relevant evidence, such as medical records, accident reports, and witness statements, will strengthen your case.


Traumatic Brain Injuries are life-altering events that can have far-reaching consequences for accident victims. Understanding the nature of TBIs, recognizing the symptoms, seeking proper medical treatment, and securing legal support are crucial steps in navigating the challenges ahead. By educating oneself about TBIs and working with an experienced personal injury attorney, accident victims can increase their chances of receiving fair compensation for their injuries and accessing the necessary resources for recovery.

If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI due to an accident, it is essential to consult with medical professionals and legal experts who can provide the necessary guidance and support. It is also important to consult with a lawyer early to investigate your options and preserve crucial evidence.  For assistance with these matters, please contact us to learn more.

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About the author: Peter J. Gregory is a partner with MCCM Personal Injury Lawyers in Rochester, NY.  He is a trial lawyer with extensive experience resolving disputes in state and federal trial courts. As a personal injury lawyer, Gregory focuses on advising clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in accidents caused by the carelessness or recklessness of others. Please feel free to contact him directly at or (585) 512-3506.

This publication is intended as an information source for clients, prospective clients, and colleagues and constitutes attorney advertising. The content should not be considered legal advice and readers should not act upon information in this publication without individualized professional counsel.

About MCCM

McConville Considine Cooman & Morin, P.C. is a full-service law firm based in Rochester, New York, providing high-quality legal services to businesses and individuals since 1979.  With over a dozen attorneys and a full paralegal support staff, the firm is well-positioned to right-size services tailored to each client. We are large enough to provide expertise in a broad range of practice areas, yet small enough to devote prompt, personal attention to our clients.

We represent a diverse range of clients located throughout New York State and New England.  They include individuals, numerous manufacturing and service industry businesses, local governments, and health care professionals, provider groups, facilities and associations. We also serve as local counsel to out-of-state clients and their attorneys who have litigation pending in Western New York courts.  For more information, please contact us at 585.546.2500.