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Traumatic head injuries are suffered by nearly two million people every year, and more than a quarter of those injuries require hospitalization. Head injuries are very common and nearly everyone will incur some form of head trauma in their lifetime. Saving someone’s life is as simple as learning to recognize the symptoms of head injuries and applying basic first aid techniques.

An injury to the head, known as head trauma, traumatic brain injury, or concussion, can be described as any trauma to the head that causes injury to the scalp, skull, or brain. Closed head injuries are those occurring when the head is struck with blunt force. Penetrating head injuries are sustained when an object actually pierces the skull and enters the brain.

How do These Injuries Occur?

Accidents that can cause head trauma can be caused by any of the follow:

  • Car accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Recreational accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Industrial accidents
  • Accidents taking place in the home

These injuries vary in severity, and some can be prolonged or irreversible. The more severe injuries result in bleeding inside the brain or skull, high impact forces that damage the nerve cells in the brain, or objects that penetrate the skull or brain.

Symptoms of Head Trauma

Depending on the severity of the head trauma, symptoms of injury may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Paralysis
  • Confusion
  • Fractures
  • Severe headache
  • Coma
  • Learning deficits

It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you have incurred head trauma and are experiencing any of these symptoms. Our clients with brain injuries have rights that we are committed to protecting. We understand how expensive medical care and long-term rehabilitation can be. When another party is at fault, a claim can ensure financial assistance for these costs, along with lost wages, and perhaps most significantly, the pain and suffering a victim is forced to endure.

Brain injuries are often the result of traumatic impacts to the head that may cause reduced cognitive abilities. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, over 1.7 million “traumatic brain injuries” (TBI) occur every year. The majority of these injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents and it is estimated that the costs associated with these injuries range between 48 and 60 billion dollars annually. Symptoms of mild TBIs include loss of consciousness, headache, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue. More moderate and severe TBIs share the same symptoms but are also characterized by nausea, convulsions/seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and numbness or weakness in the extremities.

Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with a moderate or severe TBI should receive medical attention immediately because while they may not be able to reverse the damage already sustained they will be able to stabilize the patient and prevent further damage from occurring. Disabilities resulting from a TBI are dictated by the severity and location of the injury, in addition to the patient’s age and general health. Common disabilities associated with a TBI include reduced cognitive abilities (thinking, reasoning, and remembering), communication (expression and understanding), as well as mental health-related issues (aggression, depression, anxiety, changes in personality, and social inappropriateness).

FAQ

Have I got a case?

Let’s talk about it. Telephone our office to speak with a personal injury specialist.

How much will it cost me to bring a brain injury claim?

In most cases you will pay nothing at all whether your case is successful or not.

Is there a time limit?

Yes. In cases involving auto accidents, usually three years.  For all others, usually two years.  However, there are exceptions so now is the best time to act.

In most cases? What are the exceptions?

In high risk or complex cases we may agree with you from the outset that a success fee of up to 25% may be charged. This will not be payable if your claim is unsuccessful.

Will I have to go to court?

Probably not. Most cases settle. We often need to issue court proceeding to move matters along but it is rare for a case to go all the way to trial.

Do you have any questions?

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