Head Injuries Lawyer
Like it or not, head injuries occur to all different kinds of people every day. While some of these injuries are caused by dangerous or reckless activities, some are caused by accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 1.7 million individuals in the country incur traumatic brain injuries each year. Additional data compiled by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center reveal that approximately 5 million individuals in the United States are currently living with head injuries.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Head Injuries
Many head injury victims receive the necessary medical care, but others go untreated. Even if there are no immediately apparent symptoms associated with a head injury, it is still a good idea to receive a medical evaluation if you have been in an accident of any kind. If you notice any of the following symptoms after an accident, you should not hesitate to seek a medical evaluation:
- Dilated pupils
- Feelings of confusion and anxiety
- Impaired speech or walking
- Memory loss
- Numbness in the extremities
- Persistent headaches
- Ringing in the ears
Common Causes of Head Injuries
Head injuries can be caused by various types of impact, the most of common of which include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sporting accidents
- Physical assaults
Types of Head Injuries
Any type of head injury can lead to steep medical bills and long recovery periods. Some of the most common types of head injuries that our personal injury lawyers encounter include:
- Concussions that result in a person experiencing a sudden loss of awareness or alertness. People who experience more than one concussion can suffer from more severe long-term health consequences.
- Skull fractures involving breaks or cracks to a person’s skull. These fractures can involve breaks that do not result in bone movement, parts of the skull becoming sunken from the impact, breaks forming along the suture lines of the skull, and breaks in the bones that form the person of a person’s skull.
- Intracranial hematoma, which occurs when a person experiences a blood clot around or in the brain. The most severe hematomas are life-threatening. Similarly, when one of the blood vessels under a person's skull is torn during an injury, epidural hematomas occur.
- Diffuse axonal injuries occur when a person’s brain is injured due to a shaking movement, like whiplash.
- Intraparenchymal hemorrhages and contusions. The phrase "intraparenchymal" means "in the tissue." These injuries occur when blood collects in a person's brain tissue. When contusions are involved, bruises or swelling areas can be seen on CT scans but blood does not form a pool.
Helping Head Injury Victims Pursue Compensation
A head injury has the potential to permanently disrupt a person’s life. A head injury victim may be unable to continue working, or may suffer from psychological trauma as a result. Fortunately, an experienced accident attorney can help victims pursue compensation for several types of damages, including:
- Medical costs, which are often substantial following brain or head injuries. Compensation can make up for medical treatment a patient already as well as the care that the patient will require in the future.
- If an injury left a person unable to work, compensation can cover current and future lost wages. If a person can still work, but is unable to earn at the same level as before the accident, compensation can make up for a person’s loss of earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering that accompany the head injury. In some cases, head injuries can even result in a person’s emotions and cognitive habits being permanently changed.
Take Precautions to Avoid Head Injuries
There are several steps that people can take to reduce the risk of receiving injuries to the head and brain. These strategies include:
- Avoid clothing that interferes with your vision.
- Follow all posted warnings at public pools and other areas where falls are common.
- Never dive in water less than 12 feet deep or in above-ground pools.
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Obey all traffic signals. This includes paying particular attention to pedestrians.
- Perform routine safety checks of sporting fields.
- Stay away from uneven or unpaved surfaces.
- Supervise young children at all times. This means not letting them use sporting equipment that is inappropriate for their age.
- Wear a seatbelt every time you travel in a motor vehicle.
Ways to Reduce the Risk of Fires and Explosions
Some of the steps that you can take to reduce the risks of fires and explosions include:
- Identify the various fire and explosion hazards in your area. While electrical equipment is a common cause of fires, these accidents can result from various other things, like loose wiring. By recognizing these risks, you can take the steps necessary to remedy them.
- Make sure that smoke detectors are installed and that a location is in compliance with fire regulations.
- Hire a professional company to perform a fire risk assessment at your home or business location. While you might feel able to do this on your own, these professionals have substantial training in fire prevention and risk assessment.
Speak with an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one is facing a head or brain injury that occurred as the result of someone else’s negligence, a compassionate personal injury attorney can help. Contact Henderson law today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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