What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury occurs when you receive a violent blow to the head or when an object pierces your skull, damaging your brain tissue. During a jarring blow to the head, your brain can sometimes crash against the wall of your skull, leading to serious brain injuries, the tearing of nerve fibers, or internal bleeding in your brain. The end result is a decrease in normal brain functioning.
What are the causes of a traumatic brain injury?
The most common causes of brain injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Violent collisions
- Assaults, primarily from gunshot wounds and child abuse
What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?
Brain injuries vary in severity. Most brain injuries are concussions, and are relatively mild. Their symptoms include:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Short term memory loss
- Dizziness and loss of balance
- Blurry vision
- Mood changes
- Concentration problems
More serious brain injuries can also have the following symptoms:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in limbs
What should I do if I think I've suffered a brain injury?
Get examined by a doctor specializing in brain injuries as soon as possible. If your brain injury goes untreated, you can increase the risk of long term complications. You should also consult an experienced brain injury attorney. Depending on the nature and specifics of your injury, you may be entitled to collect damages.
Do I need a lawyer who specializes in brain injuries?
Yes. Brain injury law suits are highly specialized and require a lawyer with experience and expertise in the field. You will need to work with a group of specialists who perform a wide variety of tests on you to prove the nature and severity of your brain injury. Your lawyer needs to understand the ins and outs of this process, and be able to effectively elicit expert witness testimony. Many severe brain injuries have long term and in some cases lifelong consequences, and your lawyer needs to be experienced enough to help you receive sufficient damages to compensate you for future medical expenses and lost wages.
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