A Closed Head Injury Can Mean Hidden Challenges

The term "closed head injury" refers to head trauma that does not include penetration or a fracture of the skull and can cover a wide range of symptoms of varying severity or duration. Closed head injury is often the result of a car accident or an incident at work. From a personal injury litigation standpoint, closed head injuries can present several challenges.

Because of the complexities in such cases, San Jose victims of closed head injuries could benefit from consulting with a lawyer. At Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation, our legal team has the skills necessary to obtain positive results for you. When you work with our team, you can rest assured knowing we will put aggressive legal advocacy on your side from start to finish. Call (408) 292-2434 today for more information.

Filing A Claim After Sustaining A Closed Head Injury Can Be Difficult

One significant problem encountered in the recovery of compensation for closed head injury cases is the fact that the symptoms can be subtle or slow to appear. In many cases, personality change, memory loss, headaches, problems concentrating or ringing in the ears might emerge months later as the most serious consequences of an otherwise relatively minor accident. Not only can these symptoms be difficult to document and present for compensation, but also the defendants' insurers are not above accusing the plaintiff of faking symptoms for a damages award.

These Injuries Can Develop In Several Forms

Closed head injuries can be deceptive, serious afflictions. Some common examples of these injuries include:

  • Concussion: Resulting in loss of concentration, fatigue and personality disorders. It can ultimately result in short- and long-term memory loss from post-concussion syndrome.
  • Hematoma: Hemorrhaging of blood onto the surface of the brain. Among the most common and most serious, a subdural hematoma is a buildup of blood under the outer membrane covering of the brain and the arachnoid, or middle layer. This injury compresses and damages delicate brain tissue and can lead to a breakdown in functioning capacity and death, in extreme cases.
  • Contusion: A bruise on the brain, resulting in a full range of temporary and permanent brain injury symptoms.
  • Diffuse axonal injury: Often results from rapid or immediate acceleration or deceleration, but no impact is necessary. When one part of your brain slides over another part because of the rapid motion, the axons become stretched and damaged. The injury can result in a full range of symptoms.

Painful And Lasting Symptoms

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from brain trauma due to a closed head injury, be sure to look out for the following symptoms:

  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Speech problems
  • Sudden personality changes
  • Seizures
  • Reduced hearing and vision
  • Change in sense of taste and smell
  • Reduced physical capacity in hands, arms or legs

At Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation, our familiarity and experience with the investigation and presentation of claims for closed head injuries, post-concussion disorder and other brain injuries can give your claim a distinct advantage in settlement negotiations or at trial. We make sure that you receive the diagnostic tests and treatment you need not only to demonstrate the reality of your symptoms but also to help you achieve a complete recovery as well. Closed head injury should be recognized as a moderate or mild TBI depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, and should always be considered in any accident involving a blow to the head.

You May Have Legal Options Available

For more information about your legal rights in a closed head injury case, call Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation today at (408) 292-2434. For your convenience, you can also contact us via email to arrange for a free consultation.