Suffering from any type of injury can have a serious impact on your life, and even minor accidents can result in severe, life-changing injuries. One type of injury that can drastically change the life of both a victim and their loved ones is a brain injury, and even a fender-bender car accident can be the cause of significant brain damage or traumatic brain injury. One of the most common brain injuries in the United States is a concussion, and for many years concussions were called a “silent killer” due to the fact that these injuries can cause serious, even fatal side effects without having the appearance of a dangerous wound like a fractured bone or laceration. Nevertheless, traumatic brain injuries must be treated with the utmost care, and require immediate medical attention to both establish the extent of the injuries and to develop a recovery plan as soon as possible.
Following an accident or criminal act where someone is left with a brain injury, the associated costs and damages often feel insurmountable to the survivor, their family, and dependants. Fortunately, tort claims are specifically intended to provide financial relief to compensate for the associated damages, both economic and non-economic in nature. In particular instances, there may be additional punitive damages awarded to the victim — these are solely at the discretion of a judge or jury in a trial, meaning your attorney will not include these in any calculations about what compensation you may be entitled to.
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If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury in an accident caused by someone else, whether due to negligence, recklessness, or malice, contact 1-800-Injured as soon as possible. We will connect you with an attorney who is ready to take your case today, and will fight to get you the compensation you are entitled to following this tragic and unexpected situation. Trying to go through this process alone is stressful, overwhelming, and often does not work out in favor of the victim when the insurance company or attorneys on the other side are fighting to pay as little as possible.
Trying to find a brain injury attorney in Miami on your own, especially as you are trying to come to terms with the extent of the brain injury, the impact of the accident, and the many logistics you will need to handle can be a daunting task, which is why using a referral service can be one of the preferred ways for you to find an attorney for you. Contact 1-800-Injured as soon as possible to be connected with an attorney in your area who is ready to fight for the money you deserve after a brain injury.
Common types of brain injuries include:
Common Signs of a Brain Injury
The following are just a few of the many possible signs and symptoms of a brain injury. Keep in mind that depending on many different factors, these symptoms may or may not be present in your situation, and may be less or more severe depending on the intensity of the injury. If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, contact a medical professional immediately.
Loss of Consciousness
Loss of consciousness is commonly associated with a brain injury, as someone who gets “knocked out” suffers an intense trauma to their brainstem. In the past, people would refer to this as “getting your bell rung,” and often downplayed the need for follow-up treatment or care.
Confusion, Disorientation, or Being In a Daze
If, after a head injury, the victim seems to be confused, disoriented, or absentminded, this may be a good indication they have suffered a brain injury. Things like trouble with forming full sentences, forgetting obvious information, or lack of attention are some of the common behaviors associated with concussions.
After a serious impact to the head has affected the brain, a headache is to be expected. However, persistent and severe headaches might be an indication of a serious injury to the brain and should be examined by a medical professional immediately. A CT or MRI scan can provide insight into the cause of these headaches, and possibly avoid further complications.
Nausea or Vomiting
Nausea or vomiting are often associated with brain injuries as the brain struggles to regain control of the vestibular system or vision system, and can be an obvious indication there is something seriously wrong. In lower-grade concussions, these symptoms will resolve themselves. However, in more serious concussions or brain injuries, the victim may require additional medical intervention.
Irregular Sleep Patterns
Either trouble sleeping OR excessive fatigue, drowsiness, and sleeping can both be an indication a serious brain injury has occurred. If you notice that the victim’s sleeping patterns have been affected, or if they are experiencing chronic fatigue following an accident, be sure they see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Irritability or Mood Swings
One of the many cognitive symptoms of a brain injury can be extreme irritability or unpredictable mood swings. These symptoms can have a major impact on the quality of life of both the victim and those around them and must be treated along with the rest of the symptoms of their brain injury to ensure they are able to make a recovery and get back on track.
Depression and Anxiety
While mood swings and irritability are often associated with serious concussions, there are two other major emotional impacts that concussions and TBIs may have on a victim: depression and/or anxiety. Many people suffering from concussions and post-concussion syndrome report depressive episodes or increased anxiety, which can have a significant impact on the victims’ quality of life and further complicate an already-difficult recovery.
In serious cases, a brain injury may lead to a coma, which is both a symptom AND a major reason why every brain injury or suspected brain injury should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible. If left unattended, a treatable brain injury may become exacerbated and lead to serious, life-threatening side effects that could be avoided by prompt care and treatment.
Hire a Brain Injury Attorney in Miami Today
The sooner you are partnered with a brain injury lawyer, the sooner you will be able to begin recovering and avoiding the financial burdens that this injury may have on your life.,. You do not deserve to shoulder the burden of someone else’s actions, and 1-800-Injured will connect you with an attorney who will fight to get you what you deserve.