A brain injury can have a significant impact on a victim’s life, as well as the victim’s loved ones, who may need to accommodate these injuries for a long time — possibly even for the rest of the victim’s life. Brain injuries can happen for several reasons, including trauma, loss of oxygen, dangerous drug interactions, illness, and more, and no two brain injuries are alike. The effects of a brain injury can impact a victim in many different ways that may or may not be immediately or consistently apparent, but that have a significant impact on their life as they attempt to recover or move forward from their injuries.
Suppose you have suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or other dangerous behavior. In that case, you may be entitled to compensation through a tort claim, more commonly known as a personal injury claim. Victims most often file these claims through the at-fault party’s liability insurer but fail to realize that these claims processes are not designed to get them all of the money that they deserve. After an accident or injury that someone else is responsible for, you will benefit from partnering with an attorney who can fight to get you the money you are rightfully owed. However, trying to find an attorney after a brain injury can be a daunting task — instead of taking on this process, contact 1-800-Injured to be connected with an attorney in your area.
Contact 1-800-Injured To Find a Brain Injury Attorney in Orlando
1-800-Injured is an attorney and medical referral service. Instead of trying to find an attorney in Orlando who is ready to take your brain injury case, you can take advantage of this convenient service while you focus on getting the care you need. You deserve to partner with a proven and experienced legal professional who is willing to fight for what you deserve while helping you keep your stress low and your recovery as a top priority.
Read more about brain injuries below to learn about a few of the specific types that are common in personal injury cases. And then contact us to connect with an attorney in the Orlando area who is ready to fight for the money you are entitled to after suffering from someone else’s dangerous behavior.
Types of Brain Injuries
The following types of brain injuries are meant to give you a high-level idea of the possible injuries from which someone may suffer. Your specific injury or the effects you are suffering from may not be mentioned below, but this does not mean that your injuries do not deserve compensation. Contact us as soon as possible to get the help you need with your legal issue.
Closed Brain Injuries
As the name implies, a closed brain injury does not involve a penetrating injury or breakage to the skull. For a long time, concussions (the most common type of closed brain injury) were downplayed or simply ignored because there was no visible damage. But, modern medicine has recognized the importance of treating even the most minor brain injury to mitigate long-term damage.
A concussion happens when the brain is rattled around inside the skull during an impact. Concussions are categorized from grade 1 through grade 4, and each requires different care and likely longer care with higher grades. For example, a grade 1 concussion may result in a mild headache and some short-term fogginess. In contrast, a grade 4 concussion can lead to persistent post-concussive syndrome, changes in mood and personality, permanent impacts on memory, and more.
A brain contusion is a bruise on the brain, which may be caused by the same type of impact that leads to a concussion. However, a contusion is different from a concussion because a concussion causes chemical changes in the brain, while a contusion is characterized by blood pooling in open spaces around the affected area. Many brain contusions dissipate on their own, but others may require surgical intervention to drain the area and avoid permanent damage caused by increased pressure on the brain around the contusion.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
A diffuse axonal injury, or a DAI, is an injury caused by the brain being rattled or twisted inside the skull cavity that causes shearing of the brain’s axons or nerve fibers. These axons transmit electrical impulses to various nerves, glands, and muscles throughout the body and play an essential role in healthy brain function. Disruption to these axons through breakage can have severe impacts, including coma, but may not show in standard brain scans like a CT or MRI scan due to their minuscule size. Therefore, a brain injury specialist will need to identify these injuries and develop a treatment plan accordingly.
An intracranial hematoma is another injury that involves pooling blood, but with this injury, the blood pools between the skull and the brain, as opposed to a contusion that is characterized by blood pooling inside the brain itself. Like the other types of brain injuries, an intracranial hematoma may not be immediately apparent after an accident. Symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, nausea, unequal pupil sizes, and more. If you suspect that you or a loved one is exhibiting any signs of a closed brain injury, contact a doctor immediately to get the necessary care.
Penetrating Brain Injuries
A penetrating brain injury involves an object physically penetrating the brain. This may be an external object, but it can also be a fractured piece of skull in the event of serious trauma to the head. These types of injuries are why it is imperative to wear a motorcycle helmet, even though Florida does not require riders over the age of 21 to do so. Even at low speeds, a motorcycle crash can lead to serious brain injuries caused by a rider’s head striking the pavement, the other vehicle, the ground, or any other hard surface. That can cause serious if not fatal injuries in what would have been an unremarkable collision between two passenger vehicles.