|If you've suffered a head injury and suspect a traumatic brain injury, you should consult an attorney experienced in this type of complex case.|
Brain or head injuries can impact almost every aspect of your life including family relationships, employment, finances, and mental health. A traumatic brain injury may cause you to require special care and services such as counseling, speech therapy or occupational therapy. In severe cases, you may need personal assistance to do daily tasks in the home (dressing, bathing, etc.).
You shouldn’t have to go through this alone. When you have suffered a personal injury involving the head or brain, it’s important to have an attorney with experience in this area that can help. Our attorneys have extensive experience in helping many who have suffered from these types of injuries and we would be very happy to help you with yours. Please give us a call.
What causes a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, may be caused by any number of incidents including
- motor vehicle accidents
- serious falls
- blows to the head
- motorcycle accidents or bicycle accidents
- medical negligence
Legal cases involving brain injuries can be complicated because the injuries may not be readily apparent as the damage is mostly internal. For example, the brain is a soft organ protected by the skull and cushioned by spinal fluid. However, when your head or body suffers a strong impact, the spinal fluid may not be enough to prevent your brain from colliding with the skull causing a concussion, which is a common type of brain injury that may not be visible. Also, it may be difficult to determine the extent of the injury when there are no visible signs, in contrast to a person with a broken bone that requires a cast.
According to the Center for Disease and Prevention, every year at least 1.7 million TBIs occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries; TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
What should I do if I suspect that I (or someone I know) may have a brain injury?
Anyone who suspects that he or she has suffered a brain injury should promptly seek medical attention. Brain injuries can potentially cause serious permanent disability or, in extreme cases, even death.
It’s important to receive proper medical treatment for your injury and it’s essential to find appropriate medical experts to evaluate your condition. For instance, you may be treated during a medical emergency for your head injury and be stabilized. However, the extent of your damages may not be readily apparent and often it’s helpful to have an evaluation conducted by a neuropsychologist experienced in identifying all aspects of your brain injury.
Some obvious symptoms of a brain injury you might experience are
- problems with speech or memory
- recurrent headaches
- loss of consciousness
- nausea or vomiting
- loss of coordination
- difficulty concentrating
Other times, you may think you’re functioning normally, but those around you might notice more subtle changes such as
- mood swings
- fatigue or lethargy
- emotional instability
- poor judgment
The Brain Injury Association of America is a resource for more information on diagnosing brain injury.
If you have sustained a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your available options no matter the cause of your injury and work with insurance companies and other parties to get you the attention you deserve. Give us a call at 800-660-3713.