A brain injury can come from any number of accidents or situations, and each injury comes with its own unique, often unpredictable or wide-ranging consequences and symptoms. Brain injuries can be caused in relatively minor accidents, and may permanently affect the victim’s life, as well as their loved ones. If this injury was caused by the actions or negligence of another party, then the victim may be eligible to seek financial compensation for their injuries and the overall impact on their lives, in addition to reimbursement for the actual expenses associated with their accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury and you are interested in learning more about your rights and options for a personal injury lawsuit, read more below. 1800-Injured has a wide network of personal injury attorneys across the United States that we will give you access to, and connect you to the right lawyer for your case. Our referral network simplifies the process of finding the right legal professional and connecting you with someone who will fight to get you the compensation and the justice that you deserve. If you are unsure of whether or not your situation will qualify you for any personal injury damages, contact us today to get connected to one of the attorneys in our referral network.
Read more below about brain injuries, their impact, and some of the ways that they can affect a victim’s life. Keep in mind that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of brain injuries or impacts, and is only meant to provide an overview.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The term “Traumatic Brain Injury,” known as a TBI, is an acquired brain injury that occurs as a result of some sort of trauma, such as a car accident, physical altercation, fall, or other impacts that causes a disruption in normal brain activity. There are many different forms that they can manifest themselves in, and each has its own serious issues. You can read more below about some different type of injury in greater detail below:
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that temporarily impacts brain functions as the brain recovers. They may or may not come along with a loss of consciousness, so it is not safe to assume that you have not suffered a concussion if you did not “blackout.” Concussions can cause emotional changes, loss of memory, headaches, and other effects that will seriously impact a victim’s life.
Diffuse Brain Injuries
Diffuse brain injuries are a form of injury that takes place in many locations across the brain, hence the word “diffuse.” This is the opposite of a focal injury that occurs in one place. The effects of a diffuse brain injury will vary greatly depending on the areas of the brain that have been injured, the severity of the injuries, and more.
Second Impact Syndrome
Second impact syndrome is a serious complication that occurs when a victim suffers a second impact while they are recovering from an initial concussion. The concussion will have it’s own side effects such as memory loss, headaches, trouble sleeping, and more, but the second impact syndrome will both complicate existing symptoms and cause a wide range of new and serious issues.
A subdural hematoma is an excessive pooling of blood around the brain, which can add pressure on the brain and cause serious or life-threatening problems for the person who is suffering. In some cases, the subdural hematoma may dissipate itself, but it may require a surgical procedure to drain the blood if it either seems that it will not clear itself up, or if it will cause more problems while left to clear itself up.
An epidural hematoma is when there is blood that accumulates between the skull and the hard outer layer that protects the brain. Generally, this occurs in tandem with a skull fracture and the brain suffers minimal damage with a high chance of recovery without serious a traumatic brain injury or irreparable harm.
Symptoms and Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
There is a wide range of symptoms for traumatic brain injuries that range from minor to severe, depending on the size of the injury, the damage to the brain, and other factors. No matter what the extent of the injury is, anyone who even suspects that they have experienced a brain injury must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Symptoms may be an indication of a bigger problem that the victim may not recognize before serious issues arise.
Below is a collection of symptoms that may occur with a brain injury depending on the severity of the situation:
Minor Head Injury Symptoms
The symptoms of a minor head injury may include the following, but there is a wide range of impacts that the injury can have depending on the location on the brain, the medical history of the victim, and a lot more. Minor head injuries may clear themselves up, but must be addressed in order to avoid any additional injuries and further complications. Some symptoms include:
- The “spins”
- Ringing in ears
Moderate to Severe Head Injury Symptoms
When someone suffers from a more-severe head injury, they may experience all of the symptoms of a minor head injury, but will also have much more serious symptoms that they will deal with as well. These symptoms may not clear themselves up on their own and may indicate that serious brain damage has occurred. Some symptoms to look for are below:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Disorientation or extreme confusion
- Clear fluids from ears or nose
- Reduction of complete loss of muscle control
- Continuous and severe headache
- Inability to focus or control eyes
- Vertigo or loss of balance
What To Do In The Event of a Brain Injury
If you believe that you, a friend, loved one, or a family member has suffered from a brain injury, seek medical attention immediately. Once, head injury victims may have been told to “shake it off” and fight through the pain, but this is absolutely not true.
Without medical help, it is impossible to truly understand the severity of the threat and the injuries sustained. Using MRI technology or other examination tools, your doctor will be able to get full insight into the injury and determine the most appropriate course of action.
Contact 1800-Injured Today
If you have suffered from a brain injury as a result of someone else’s actions, you may be able to seek compensation for your suffering that goes beyond your medical bills and lost wages. Contact the team at 1800-Injured today to get connected into our extensive referral network of experienced brain injury lawyers who are ready to take your case and fight for what you deserve.