Approximately 1.7 million people visit the emergency room each year due to head injuries. Though some are easily treatable with symptoms that quickly subside, others can be quite severe, greatly impacting your professional, personal, and financial situation. With the help of a head injury attorney, you can work to minimize that impact.
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Suffering from a Serious Head Injury Due to Someone Else's Negligence, We Can Help
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The most serious type of head injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Each year, 275,000 individuals are hospitalized and 52,000 of them will die from the injury they have sustained. Seventeen percent of all TBI are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
TBI can cause many functional changes and brain disorders that may only present with age. Additionally, TBI can increase your risk for a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, among others.
A concussion is a brain injury that temporarily leads to the loss of normal brain function and is typically caused by either shaking of the head or hits to the head. Concussions do not always cause loss of consciousness and are sometimes difficult to identify; there may be no external head injuries. They are the most common and mild type of traumatic brain injury.
When the head strongly comes into impact with something, the brain gets pushed around and slams against the back and front of the skull. Nerve fibers stretch and break and chemical changes occur from any blows that impair nerve cell functions. Parts of the brain may be unable to send signals, which causes concussive symptoms. Though not always present, they can include:
- Behavioral Changes
- Light Sensitivty
- Memory Loss
- Noise Sensitivity
- Personality Changes
- Pressure in the Head
- Ringing in the Ears
- Sleep Changes
- Slow Responsiveness
- Temporary Loss of Consciousness
Sometimes symptoms of a concussion will disappear within a few weeks of injury, though in rare cases they can last for much longer – even years. This is called post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The main symptoms of PCS include anxiety, depression, headaches, sleep problems, and cognitive problems.
A hemorrhage is a serious bleeding (and significant blood loss) from the circulatory system. Hemorrhage can lead to shock, organ failure, and ultimately death if not treated. When a hemorrhage is misdiagnosed, it can cause treatment to be delayed to a point where it is unable to be effective.
There are several causes of hemorrhages resulting in serious injury or death. These causes include:
- Complications from Surgery
- Ruptured Blood Vessel or Aneurysm
- Blood Disorders (e.g. leukemia and hemophilia)
- Trauma (e.g. a car accident)
- Certain Drug Interactions/Medications
- Brain or Head Injury
Head Injury Damages
The difficulty of treating an injury to your head and brain is felt through the time and finances that it consumes. The sheer amount of both can be unsustainable. However, you should not have to be responsible for the negligence of another.
You may be entitled to a few different types of damages. Damages are dependent upon your specific injury. The main types of damages are economic, non-economic, and punitive:
Economic Damages are those that are related to tangible, financial loss. This loss can include medical bills, lost wages, loss of work, and more.
Non-Economic Damages are those that are related to intangible loss. This can include pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Punitive Damages are those awarded in cases of extreme negligence or malice. Though rare, the purpose of punitive damages is to punish the wrongdoer and to deter them from committing such conduct again.
Contact the Head Injury Attorneys at The Wright Law Firm to Schedule a Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury, you deserve an attorney who understands your condition, its cause, and who will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Since head injuries often involve very complex medical and legal issues, it is important to consult with a head injury attorney who can effectively represent you and your case.
Contact us online or call The Wright Law Firm today at (609) 759-2500 to schedule a consultation to find out how we can help!