Richmond Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injury cases can be some of the most complex personal injury cases to handle. The very nature of many brain injuries is what makes them more difficult to present to a jury. For example, someone with a brain injury may not look “injured” or “sick” – you cannot necessarily look at someone and know that they have a brain injury. In addition, the actual manner in which the brain suffers injury, involving forces of energy, can be complex and is not always readily understood by the average person. As such, if you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, consulting with an experienced attorney who is well-versed in the nuances of litigating these complex cases, like the Richmond brain injury attorneys at the Halperin Law Center, is critical to ensuring you receive maximum compensation for this often debilitating and life-altering injury.
Brain injuries can range in severity from mild (including a concussion) to catastrophic, and can be caused by medical malpractice (link), motor vehicle accidents (link), sporting accidents, playground injuries, skiing accidents, falls, chemical exposure, and physical altercations, to name a few. Regardless of the cause, brain injuries can have a myriad of long term and lifetime effects that are devastating to the victim, and to the victim’s family and friends, as well. If the injury requires ongoing medical care or therapy or, in the case of a very severe injury, round the clock care, the medical bills can add up very quickly, adding to an already stressful situation. In many cases, multiple lifestyle changes may be necessary for the victim and his or her family members.
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:
- Blurred or double vision
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Abnormal fatigue
- 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.
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, balance disorders, hearing problems, loss of taste and smell, seizures, impaired perception, coma, or even death. As a result, early medical intervention is important.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, the most important thing to do is seek appropriate medical care. If the traumatic brain injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for loss of wages or loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, future medical care and emotional pain and suffering. A Richmond brain injury lawyer with experience in traumatic brain injury cases can help you determine whether or not you have a viable negligence claim. Schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation with the Halperin Law Center to discuss the particulars of your unique case.