Brain injury cases can be some of the most complex personal injury cases. The very nature of brain injuries is what makes them more difficult to resolve. Not only are there often many future and long-term medical expenses and damages to calculate, but the physical injuries are typically harder to demonstrate and present. For example, someone with a brain injury may not look injured.
As such, if you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, consulting with an experienced Richmond personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in the nuances of litigating these complex cases, like the attorneys at the Halperin Law Center, is critical to ensuring you receive maximum compensation for this often debilitating and life-altering injury.
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The Nature of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can range in severity from mild, like a concussion, to catastrophic, and can be caused by everything from playground and sporting injuries to motor vehicle accidents and chemical exposure.
Regardless of the cause, brain injuries can have a myriad of long-term effects that are devastating to the victim and their family and friends. If the injury requires ongoing medical care or therapy, the medical bills can add up very quickly, creating even more stressful in an already difficult situation. In many cases, multiple lifestyle changes may be necessary for the victim and family members.
Diagnosing Different Types of TBI
Complicating matters, a mild traumatic brain injury ("MTBI") can be difficult to detect and diagnose. Although some symptoms of various types of brain injuries are immediate, others may not be detectable until days, weeks, or even months after the trauma. Some of the possible symptoms of MTBI are often written off by the victim and not discussed with their medical doctor.
Symptoms of MTBI include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Headaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Blurred or double vision
- Abnormal fatigue or change in sleep patterns
- Difficulty with concentration, thought processes, and memory
- Behavioral and mood changes
- Depression and/or anxiety
Symptoms of a moderate or severe TBI are easier to recognize:
- Repeated nausea or vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- Headaches that continue to get worse or do not go away
- Weakness or numbness in hands, feet, arms or legs
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination/balance
- Increased confusion
- Dilation of pupils of the eyes
- Inability to wake up after falling asleep
If you or a loved one are experiencing these types of symptoms after a head injury or accident, seek medical attention promptly and provide your physician with as much information about the symptoms as possible. The victim may not realize some of the symptoms they are having and may not be aware of the long-term effects of brain injuries. It may be helpful to keep a log of various symptoms you or your loved one is experiencing, particularly if you or they are having problems with memory, as this will provide your doctor with critical information that could help in diagnosing the problem.
What to do After an Traumatic Brain Injury
Although many traumatic brain injuries are mild, such as a concussion from which you recover without any complications, many types of brain injuries require ongoing medical care and therapy and can have devastating lasting effects.
Some of the long-term problems stemming from more serious brain injuries include personality changes, permanent memory loss, impulsive behaviors, hearing problems, seizures, and even death. As a result, early medical intervention is important. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, the most important thing to do is seek appropriate medical care.
If the TBI resulted from negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Loss of wages or loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our caring and compassionate Richmond personal injury attorneys have the experience to make TBI cases easily understandable to a jury and always strive to demonstrate the need for maximum damages. When you come to our firm, we work with you to determine if you have a viable claim or not.
Schedule a free consultation with the Halperin Law Center to discuss the particulars of your unique case. Call us today at (804) 220-0223.