A brain injury is one of the most traumatic and devastating injuries you can sustain in an accident. Unlike other injuries that can lead to physical damage to the affected part of the body, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can interfere with the functioning of other parts of the body, cause behavioural changes, and lead to cognitive disability.
As an accident victim, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have sustained.
Any losses that may result from your injury, such as medical bills, long-term care expenses, pain, and suffering, among others, are the responsibility of the appropriate parties. We are seasoned injury lawyers who can assist you in recovering the money you deserve.
Brain injuries can be encountered after severe trauma to the head, which may cause skull fractures, internal bleeding, tearing of brain tissue, and other consequences. Brain injury ranges in severity from temporary concussions that last for a few hours to long-lasting brain injury that leads to permanent disability and mental impairment.
The most common causes of head trauma and brain injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
If you or your family member suffers a traumatic brain injury because of an accident or someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation.
A number of the damages you may receive are for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, caretaker costs, and subsequent future health requirements, among others.
Planning with a seasoned personal injury lawyer experienced with insurance claim procedures and your situation is optimal. They provide information and guidance throughout the personal injury claim procedure, protect your interests, and help you obtain the settlement you deserve.
The symptoms that accompany any injury to the brain vary based on the type and severity of the trauma. They include mild symptoms such as minor headaches and dizziness to severe symptoms like seizures, slurred speech, loss of motor function, and more. After an accident, the first mild symptoms may appear and then disappear. This can lead people to experience pain later. In other circumstances, a head injury may present no signs at all.
This makes it difficult to determine whether symptoms are significant or not.This is why it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention after a head injury for proper assessment and treatment.
Mild brain injury symptoms:
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of balance
Severe brain injury symptoms:
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Speech problems
- Impaired motor function
- Neuropsychiatric symptoms (e.g., anxiety and agitation)
Some traumatic brain injuries are caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body. The severity of the injury depends on the nature and force of impact. Common events causing traumatic brain injury include the following:
Falls from a bed or down from a step is the leading cause of traumatic brain injury overall, especially in the elderly and young children.
Victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, or bicycle accidents are often among those who experience traumatic brain injuries.
Sudden gunshot injuries, domestic violence, child abuse, and many other assaults are frequent motives.
The shaken baby syndrome is a traumatic brain injury caused by violent shaking in infants.
Traumatic neurological injuries can be caused by head injuries from a number of extreme and high-impact sports, such as wrestling, boxing, hockey, combat sports, rugby, football, and soccer. These are more common in children.
Explosive blasts and other combat injuries
Emergent blasts are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury in active-duty service personnel. Although the cause of the injury is not well understood, many researchers believe that the pressure wave passing through the brain significantly disrupts brain function.
Traumatic brain injury is also caused by penetrating wounds, severe blows to the head with debris, and other causes of traumatic brain injury.
Follow these guidelines to decrease the incidence of brain injury:
Seat belts and airbags
Always position a child in the back seat of a vehicle that is restrained by a child’s safety seat or booster seat befitting their size and age.
Alcohol and illegal drug use
Avoid the use of prescription medications that have negative effects on your ability to drive, along with Alcohol and illegal drugs. These substances impair your ability to drive and can have serious consequences.
Before riding on a bicycle, skateboard, motorcycle, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle, wear a helmet. Also, wear appropriate head protection when playing baseball or participating in contact sports, skiing, skating, snowboarding, or riding a horse.
Pay attention to your surroundings
Don’t use any sort of electronic equipment(Phone, Tablet, etc.) as you drive, walk, or cross the street. These devices can be a major cause of accidents or falls.
The following tips can help older adults avoid falls around the house:
- Install handrails in the bathroom.
- Place a nonslip mat in the bathtub or shower.
- Remove area rugs
- Install handrails on both sides of stairs.
- Make sure to light the area particularly around staircases.
- Make it a priority to keep stairs and hallways free of clutter.
- Getting regular vision checks will also help.
- Get regular exercise
Preventing head injuries in children
The following tips can help children avoid head injuries:-
- Install safety gates at the top of a stairway/staircase.
- Remove all unnecessary items from stairs.
- Install window guards to ensure that they do not fall.
- Place the nonslip mat in the bathtub or shower.
- Chose playgrounds that have materials on the ground designed for shock absorption.
- Make sure children don’t play on fire escapes or balconies.
Defending your Rights by seeking Legal Counsel while receiving Treatment.
A brain injury is an awful and detrimental experience because it can alter common profound physical, cognitive, and emotional effects.
It is vital to seek proper specialized care following a head injury for the best possible recovery outcomes and to minimize long-term brain damage.
At Akhavan Law Firm, we provide legal assistance for our clients as they recover from medical costs, treatment, rehabilitation, lost income, caregiver expenses, and court costs. You can be assured that we are dedicated to seeking the compensation you deserve.
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