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Legal Assistance For Those With Brain Injuries

While many people walk away from an accident with just a minor wound, some accidents can cause severe, long-lasting damage. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a physical force damages a person’s brain. It ranks among the top reasons for severe disability and death in adults.

Traumatic Brain Injury Vs. Acquired Brain Injury

The term “traumatic brain injury” refers explicitly to damage to the brain resulting from an external mechanical force, such as a blow to the head, which can lead to a temporary or permanent impairment of cognitive, physical and psychosocial functions. The following accidents or events can cause a TBI:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents or vehicle-related collisions
  • Sports injuries
  • Violence or assault
  • Catastrophic accidents at home or work

A non-traumatic brain injury or an acquired brain injury (ABI) refers to brain damage that occurs after birth, usually from internal factors. ABIs can result from medical conditions or diseases and do not necessarily stem from an external force. Here are the common causes of ABIs:

  • Lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Pressure from a tumor
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Near-drowning
  • Infectious disease
  • Exposure to toxic substances and fumes

Understanding the difference between TBIs and ABIs is crucial when seeking legal redress for a brain injury. Our skilled personal injury lawyers at Carter Law Offices, P.C., can investigate your injuries and their causes.

Types Of Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury can also be either penetrating or non-penetrating. Penetrating injuries occur when an object, such as a bullet or shard of glass, enters the brain tissue. They can include any of the following:

  • Concussion
  • Contusion
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Hematoma
  • Brain bleed or hemorrhage

All types of brain injuries differ in severity, and even the most serious ones may not appear right away.

How Do You Know If You Have A Brain Injury After An Accident?

Only a thorough medical examination can rule out damage to the brain. If you have fallen or been in an accident, watch for the following symptoms:

  • Headache that will not go away
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or problems with maintaining balance
  • Mood swings or emotional disturbances
  • Unusual sleep habits or sleep disturbances
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Vision problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of muscle control

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get medical attention immediately, as they may indicate damage to the brain.

Did You Know Workplace Accidents Can Lead To Brain Injury?

A worker could suffer a brain injury from a fall, an object striking their head or inhaling toxic fumes. Employers must implement safety measures and provide protective equipment for their workers whenever necessary. In case an accident does happen, employers should have a safety net or insurance program in place.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Can Result In Brain Injury

Brain injuries from car accidents can range from mild, like a concussion that makes you feel dizzy or confused, to serious ones that can change your life forever. Because the shock and adrenaline from an accident could be masking your injuries, get medical attention after an accident involving a motor vehicle.

How Do Doctors Test For Traumatic Brain Injury?

One standard tool is the Glasgow Coma Scale, which measures your ability to open your eyes, respond verbally and move in response to stimuli. Imaging tests like CT scans or MRIs are important, too. They let doctors check for things like swelling, bleeding or bruising on the brain.

Your Injury Is Our Priority

Coping with medical bills and insurance companies can be challenging, especially if you are trying to recover from a brain injury. Our personal injury attorneys can step in to help. Call us at 515-644-4871 or 402-979-8675 or directly message us here. The initial consultation is free.