Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when a quick hit or jolt to the head disrupts the brain’s regular function. This may range from a minor concussion to a possibly fatal head injury. Traumatic brain injuries can severely damage a person’s cognitive function, memory, and motor skills, even if the injury seems minor.
If you or someone you love suffers from TBI resulting from an accident, you may already know the long-term consequences. Unfortunately, it’s not easy coping with a TBI. As a TBI accident survivor, you may find it challenging to provide primary care for yourself or maintain relationships with family and friends.
After a TBI, working, resuming daily activities, and living a long and active life are all difficult tasks. Following a TBI, your treatment and your capacity to pay for the care you require may determine your future. As a result, you are entitled to maximum compensation for your injuries and suffering.
Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, is an experienced brain injury attorney that can assist you during this trying time. Our law firm understands that no two brain injuries are the same. As a result, we begin by focusing on your situation individually. Then, we collaborate with your medical team and other professionals to figure out how your brain injuries will affect your life – and your future. If you choose our law firm, we will fight to acquire the money you need to move forward in life after the brain injury.
Types Of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Below are some types of traumatic brain injuries:
Concussions are the most common type of brain trauma and can occur from closed and open head injuries. Head strikes, abrupt shaking of the head, and whiplash-like movements are common causes. In addition, post-concussion syndrome is a dangerous condition that can linger months or even years after a concussion.
Concussions are sometimes also referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI). The following signs and symptoms sometimes characterize post-concussion syndrome:
- Sleep disturbances
- Being unable to focus
- Loss of memory
A concussion should never be overlooked and should be treated right away. Post-concussion syndrome can severely limit your ability to accomplish tasks and prevent you from performing your duties.
Attorneys and physicians who focus on the more evident and immediately observable orthopedic injuries an injured person may have sometimes miss, ignore or dismiss the occurrence of concussion. Fortunately, though not always, most people who suffer a concussion recover, with rest, in a short to moderate amount of time.
Neurologists and neuropsychologists are vital in supporting a patient with the post-concussive syndrome and in examining and treating cognitive difficulties. The patient’s history of head trauma, the results of a physical and neurological examination and further diagnostic studies to rule out the presence of a more severe brain injury are all used to make the diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome.
The patient’s age, overall health and a history of previous concussions are risk factors for the post-concussive syndrome.
Second impact syndrome (SIS) can develop if a second concussion arises before the first one’s symptoms have resolved. A second impact syndrome incidence may be accompanied by rapid brain swelling that can sometimes be lethal. Secondary impact syndrome can develop from even a minor concussion. At the very least, secondary impact syndrome can be debilitating.
Concussions that occur often can have severe and long-term consequences. Unfortunately, they are common among football players and other athletes and can cause, or play a role in, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and severe depression.
2. Brain Contusion
A brain contusion is a bruising or bleeding of the brain caused by a brutal hit to the head. A bruise to the brain tissue is what a brain contusion is by definition. Surgery is sometimes done for extensive contusions. Blood vessel leaks and micro-hemorrhages might accompany a brain contusion, so they require close medical attention. Bruises are most commonly in the brain tissue around the impact site.
Edema (swelling) from a concussion sometimes necessitates surgery to lower intracranial pressure, which can be fatal or cause irreversible brain damage, if not properly treated. The severity of contusion-related symptoms and the location of the injury in the brain sphere are of major concern.
Swelling is generally at its peak within a week after the event in moderate to severe contusions. It is because the brain tissue around the injury site has enlarged with fluid. Toxins are also caused by the bruise, which leads to tissue swelling.
3. Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries
Two concussions on both sides of the brain result in coup-contrecoup injuries. The initial strike to the head caused the first contusion. The brain then slams the other side of the skull to create a second contusion. A coup injury is a type of injury that appears directly beneath the impact zone. A contrecoup injury is an injury that develops on the side of the body that is precisely opposite the point of contact. The brain is affected on both sides in a coup-contrecoup brain injury.
4. Diffuse Axonal Injury
Axonal Diffusive is when the brain moves slower than the skull and portions of the brain are torn apart. It is caused by a severe shaking or twisting of the head, such as during a car collision in, sadly, in some cases of child abuse. Diffuse axonal damage to the brain can result in serious complications, including death.
Shearing forces, similar to whiplash, induce diffuse axonal damage. It happens when the head accelerates forward and subsequently slows down or comes to a halt (deceleration). When a person suffers from a diffuse axonal injury, they usually pass out because the brain’s back-and-forth movement causes nerve cells to malfunction and prevents them from transmitting messages.
5. Penetrating Brain Injury
This is a brain injury in which something penetrates the brain through the skull. For example, it may occur with a gunshot, stabbing, or another sharp object wound. This type of brain damage frequently leads to death or severe debilitation.
6. Brain Hematoma (Blood Clot)
This is a mass of blood or significant swelling between the skull and the brain. Inside the brain, there is sometimes a bulge or blood clot.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injury?
Accidents involving an automobile, motorcycle, slip and fall, work-site accident, drowning, or other trauma can result in brain damage. The following are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury:
- Slip and falls
- Unintentional blunt trauma, like being struck by a falling object at a construction site
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Physical violence can cause brain damage.
Failure to adequately monitor a patient or unintentional oxygen deprivation during a medical operation might cause catastrophic brain injury.
Is There Always A Loss Of Consciousness After A TBI?
Not all of the time. Because the degree and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries vary, it is possible to sustain a mild traumatic brain injury without losing consciousness. This is one of the reasons why these injuries are sometimes misdiagnosed or overlooked. However, if not treated properly, even a minor traumatic brain injury can result in significant brain damage and long-term issues. So, consult a doctor and watch for symptoms like dizziness, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, and other behavioral abnormalities.
What Should I Do After I Have Had A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Get medical help right away, if you or someone you care about has suffered a traumatic brain injury (mild or severe). Traumatic brain injuries can be challenging to identify sometimes, and if left untreated, they can result in long-term cognitive and physical harm. Keep an eye out for any changes in behavior, speech, mood, or other signs and symptoms. Keep track of doctor appointments, prescriptions, time away from work, and any available witness statements. Finally, contact the Thomas Hunter Law Firm if you have suffered brain damage. Because these issues can be complicated, you must hire an attorney with substantial experience managing these claims.
Why Choose Thomas Hunter Law Firm Brain Injury Attorney?
You already have enough to deal with as a brain injury survivor. Your family is likely already stressed providing care and support as you go through rehabilitation and treatment. Allow us to help you with the legal aspects and responsibilities during this period. After a brain injury, you shouldn’t have to deal with insurance companies or fill out paperwork. You need someone to help you obtain fair and just compensation for your injuries.
The Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, understands the challenges and complications of a head injury. As a result, we work relentlessly to provide you the legal help and counsel you require. Our firm has experience representing people who have suffered from brain damage. We are well-versed in the strategies used by insurance companies to try to minimize brain injury claims, and we are ready to fight back forcefully. Get in touch with us today if this pertains to you.
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