If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s crucial to have an attorney who has substantial experience in handling traumatic brain injury tbi cases. Brain injury is damage to the brain that results from a blow or jolt to the head. Such damage can manifest in a range of ways, from a loss or diminution of motor skills to a diminished ability to concentrate or handle emotions.
An attorney experienced in brain injury cases can make all the difference in getting the fair compensation you need and deserve. Keep reading to learn more about traumatic brain injuries and how a skilled personal injury attorney can help you.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are a serious health problem in the United States. Approximately 2.5 million people suffer from these injuries each year. While some brain injuries are mild, many result in serious permanent disability or even death.
Brain injuries are commonly caused by blows to the head during:
- car, truck, or motorcycle crashes
- slip and falls
- physical assaults
- sports-related injuries
- construction site or industrial accidents
People who have experienced head blows in these types of accidents should have their injuries and condition examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. Even if you feel fine immediately after the incident, the injury can manifest days or even weeks later and require medical treatment.
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Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can take many forms and range from mild to severe. Generally, they are either “closed head injuries,” in which the skull remains intact, or “penetrating head injuries,” where the skull is fractured or broken.
Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injury Include:
Concussions occur when an external force causes the brain to slams into the walls of the skull. The force of the blow often causes the brain to swell, which puts pressure on the skull. Concussion suffers may experience symptoms ranging from mild headaches to a severe loss of normal brain function. Treatment for a concussion can range from a period of rest to surgery. Concussions commonly occur in car accidents when a motorist’s head hits the windshield or in motorcycle accidents when drivers crash to the pavement after a fall.
A contusion, also known as a hematoma, is when blood collects or clots outside of blood vessels. When a brain contusion occurs, the clotting can cause pressure to build inside the skull. As with concussions, contusions can range from mild to life-threatening and can result in permanent brain damage.
A brain hemorrhage occurs when an artery in the brain bursts and causes uncontrolled bleeding. When the blood collects in the space surrounding your brain, it is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage. If there is bleeding within your brain tissue, it is called an intracerebral hemorrhage. Hemorrhages are often caused by head trauma, but may also be caused by high blood pressure, aneurysm or other disorders.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
A diffuse axonal injury (DAI) occurs when a blow causes the brain to shift violently and shear off connective fibers in the brain. DAI usually results in a loss of consciousness that lasts from a few hours to a long-term coma to death. It can cause permanent brain injury, even if the patient awakens.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Brain injuries may manifest through a broad array of symptoms, which can range from minor to severe. Sometimes mild symptoms appear initially and steadily worsen over time. If you suffer any of these symptoms after suffering a head injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Common brain injury symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness, even if for a few seconds
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness/lack of coordination
- Problems sleeping
- Difficulty waking from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers or toes
- Convulsions or seizures
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Memory disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Pupil dilation
- Mood changes, feelings of depression or anxiety.
- Slurred speech
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How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Brain injuries are not always immediately evident and symptoms do not always manifest right away. An attorney skilled in brain injuries will know what kind of behavior or injuries to look for after an accident and be able to investigate a causal link between the injury and accident.
For example, an accident victim person might not associate changed behavior or a diminished ability to concentrate with a car accident that occurred two weeks earlier. However, an attorney skilled in closed head injuries will know the right questions to ask to determine whether an injury has gone undetected. Call us today for a free consultation, our toll-free number is 844.UNDERWOOD (844.863.3796). You pay no fee unless we win.
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Brain Injury Lawyers Understand Brain Injury Compensation
A lawyer experienced in handling brain injury cases will know the range of reasonable compensation in such cases. They’ll know how to craft a strong case and employ the specific language unique to brain injury cases to achieve the best outcome possible. Moreover, they’ll know if an insurance company is low-balling you or if a settlement offer is reasonable or even generous. An experienced brain injury lawyer lowers the risk of leaving money on the table.
Brain Injury Lawyers Understand The Local Court System
An experienced brain injury lawyer will be familiar with the local court system and understand how different judges approach brain injury cases. If you must take your brain injury claim to court, such insights can be highly valuable. A good attorney will use these insights to help you attain the maximum compensation possible for your head injury case.
Free Personal Injury Attorney Consultation
Let an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer at Underwood Law Office help you with your personal injury case. We have handled many decades of personal injury cases. Our trial lawyers can help you recover the maximum compensation available for your injury.
Our McKinney attorneys serve all of DFW, including Allen, Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Collin County, and the entire State of Texas. In West Virginia, our Huntington, West Virginia attorney office represents clients across the entire state. For both offices, call our toll-free number 844.UNDERWOOD (844.863.3796) for a free consultation about a fair settlement. You pay no fee unless we win.