Lawsuits Involving Closed Head Injuries

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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 accident at work. From the standpoint of personal injury litigation, closed head injuries can present several challenges.

Because of the complexities in such cases, victims of closed head injuries should reach out to our San Jose brain injury lawyers right away. At Shea & Shea, 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.

Discuss your case with our San Jose brain injury attorneys today. We are backed by more than 100 years of experience and can utilize our knowledge and skills to win your case!

Possible Challenges for Filing a Claim After Sustaining a Closed Head Injury

First, especially in accident cases involving other traumatic injuries such as fractures or burns, the possibility of a blunt force impact to the head might be overlooked during treatment.

Another 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 the defendants' insurers are not above accusing the plaintiff of faking symptoms for a damages award.

Common Closed Head Injuries

There are different types of closed head injuries, including the following:

  • Concussion: Resulting in loss of concentration, fatigue, and personality disorders. It can ultimately result in short- and long-term memory loss from post-concussive 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.

Symptoms of Closed Head Injuries

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, legs

Do you need a catastrophic injury attorney?

At Shea & Shea, our familiarity and experience with the investigation and presentation of claims for closed head injuries, post-concussion disorder, and other catastrophic and 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 to help you achieve a complete recovery as well. Closed head injury should be recognized as a moderate TBI or mild traumatic brain injury depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, and should always be considered in any accident involving a blow to the head.

For more information about your legal rights in a closed head injury case, contact a San Jose catastrophic injury attorney at Shea & Shea.

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