Brain injuries often have a permanent impact on your life and health.
This is especially true of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These have the ability to touch every aspect of an individual’s life. Whether it be relationships with family, friends, or a spouse, one’s ability to work, or even a person’s ability to care for themself.
If you or someone you know has recently suffered a brain injury, it is essential to get the right help in order to ensure maximal recovery. In the United States, many individuals forego seeing a doctor. This is unwise as even a seemingly “mild” head trauma can prove extremely damaging if left untreated. Each year in the U.S., about 2.5 million children and adults suffer a TBI caused by either a blow to the head, penetrating head injury, or repeated jolts to the head, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And more than 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a lifelong disability due to TBI.
From slight concussions to severe head injuries, every kind of head-trauma deserves proper care and treatment — especially if the injury you suffered came as the result of another individual’s negligence.
Here at Shea & Shea, our brain injury lawyers strive to ensure that victims of head injury receive the health care they deserve, as well as compensation for the disability, pain and suffering brought about as the result of their brain injury.
If you or someone you know has suffered a head injury, this page is dedicated to helping you acquire a basic understanding of what brain injuries are and how we can help you get the financial support needed to recover.
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Common Causes of Brain Injuries
From mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries, there are a number of accidents that can result in brain injury.
Here are some of the most common ways that victims sustain brain injuries:
- Vehicular collisions
- Defective or unsafe products
- Blows to the head
- Falling & striking the head
- Chemical exposure
- Severe whiplash injuries
As you can see, there are many different incidents that can result in brain injury. Whether you are someone who operates a vehicle everyday, or the victim of an unsafe product, or engage in other activities that put you at risk of being injured, there are so many scenarios in which you could suffer a brain injury.
Different Types of Brain Injuries
These types of injuries can be caused by immediate and blunt impact to the head but can also be caused by interruption of blood circulation, damage to nerve fibers and swelling in the skull. No matter what the cause may be, brain injury victims should seek immediate medical and legal help right away.
- Acquired brain injuries: These types of injuries stem from instances of illness, as well as occasions where blood or oxygen has difficulty getting to the brain.
- Closed head injuries: A brain injury can occur without a fracture to the skull. These more contained head injuries can present treatment challenges.
- Coma: When an injury causes an individual to become comatose, they can face an uncertain recovery.
- Memory loss: A loss of memory can have a profound impact on your life, and it is often a lasting symptom of a brain injury.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): Some instances of TBI can be mild in their severity, while more serious cases can have permanent consequences.
- Post-concussion disorder: A concussed individual can be left reeling with significant post-concussion disorder symptoms.
- Severe and moderate brain injuries: The severity of a brain injury depends on a multitude of factors, but even the most moderate cases warrant immediate medical attention.
Common Symptoms of a Brain Injury
While symptoms of a brain injury may take on many different forms, here are some of the most common symptoms that accompany a brain injury:
- Dizziness, imbalance
- Difficulty with memory, attention or concentration
- Mood swings, depression, irritability
- Sensitivity to light & sound
- Changes in hearing
- Changes in vision
- Change in behavior or personality
- Emotional changes with anxiety and depression
These are some of the most common symptoms of brain injury. Anyone who exhibits these symptoms following a blow to the head or any other accident should seek out medical help immediately.
What to do if you Have Suffered a Brain Injury
Brain injuries are dramatic events and lead to a lot of medical, financial, and legal complications. It isn’t easy for victims of brain injuries to know what to do following an accident and it’s often this slight delay in action that is detrimental.
With some direction, you can avoid potentially crucial mistakes — both legally and medically.
Following an accident, here are three things that you should immediately do:
- Get medical help: neglecting to seek out appropriate medical help can prove fatal. Even if you suspect your injury is only a mild concussion, it’s better to make sure that your condition isn’t critical before doing anything else.
- Contact a qualified brain injury lawyer: You don’t want the help of a general lawyer, you want a lawyer who is skilled in brain injury law and has experience representing victims of brain injuries.
- Focus on rest and recovery: For the sake of your health, you should take things easy and focus on rest and recovery. Your doctors will take care of you medically. Let your brain injury lawyer take care of you legally. A qualified brain injury lawyer will sort through all the legal issues matters while you focus your efforts on recovery. What you need more than anything is to take things slow and focus on rebuilding your health.
Brain Injury Claims
Brain injury claims can be complicated matters.
If you were injured due to the negligence of an individual or company, you should seek financial compensation for your medical expenses from the one responsible for causing your brain injury.
The company or individual may attempt to misrepresent your character, saying that you already had the injury or that you are claiming an injury more serious than expected.
To put these accusations to rest, you should have medical documents that prove your condition is not fiction and that you have indeed suffered a brain injury due to the accused party. A qualified brain injury attorney can assist you in collecting all the evidence the law requires.
Finding a Reliable Brain Injury Lawyer Near You
Shea & Shea is a law firm that specializes in representing people who suffer traumatic brain injury.
You shouldn’t be looking for just any lawyer; what you need is a legal expert who specializes in the law surrounding traumatic brain injuries.
Whether it’s for you, a friend, or a family member we believe that you deserve a lawyer who will represent you and help you get justice that the law provides victims of TBI.
Shea & Shea, a dedicated brain injury law firm, has been representing victims of brain injuries since 1966. Because of our long history of working with brain injury victims, we know the extent that a brain injury affects the lives of an individual as well as those close to them.
We believe that you should not have to suffer the financial and ensuing consequences of a brain injury that was caused by someone else’s wrongdoing.
Protect yourself and your future by contacting a qualified brain injury law firm today.
Give Shea & Shea a call today to schedule your first consultation with an expert brain injury lawyer.