Sadly, serious accidents can lead to a traumatic brain damage & injury. There are many types of accidents that cause a traumatic brain injury (also known as TBI). The most common include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, trip and falls, motorcycle and trucking accidents.
Because traumatic brain damage & injuries vary in severity, an experienced personal injury lawyer will need to be able to identify if their client has potentially suffered a traumatic brain injury or mild traumatic brain injury. At Carey Leisure & Neal, a personal injury firm, we make sure you get to specific medical specialists in your area who can perform a series of tests in order to pinpoint a conclusive diagnosis.
Typically, in a case involving head trauma, the injured victim is taken to the hospital via ambulance or airlifted to the closest trauma hospital. Hopefully the emergency room doctor will perform the tests you need to evaluate you and properly address your head trauma.
Sometimes, then the doctor orders diagnostics of your brain such as an MRI or CT scan, the findings appear normal. This does not always mean you have has not suffered brain damage as a result of the accident. In fact, we have handled many cases where diagnostic studies are performed and the radiologist have found the test results to be “normal”, but our clients continue to experience head injury symptoms.
An experienced personal injury lawyer that specializes in traumatic brain injuries will know the latest technology that will diagnose a brain injury. For example, SWI and DTI scans can identify the injury and cause of the injury, which very often is the trauma or accident.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Some symptoms of traumatic brain damage & injury include:
- Memory or concentration problems, feeling of confusion
- Headaches that are frequent or get worse
- Nausea or vomiting several weeks after the accident
- Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, dizziness, and ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Slurred speech or loss of word retrieval
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
- Loss of coordination, bladder control or bowel control
- Dizziness or loss of balance
The national statistics for brain injuries caused by accidents are surprising. An estimated average annual number of 595,095 are brain injuries fall-related, 292,202 are due to motor vehicle accidents, 279,882 are struck by objects, and 169,625 are assault-related. Motor vehicle–traffic resulted in the greatest number of TBI-related deaths; however, falls resulted in the greatest number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
If you believe you are suffering from a brain injury as a result of an accident, we will exhaust every effort to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, injuries and pain, and suffering. The insurance companies will more than likely attempt to diminish the value of your claim and offer a minimum settlement. If possible they will challenge the very existence of your brain injury. In this situation, Carey Leisure & Neal will file a lawsuit and fight for your rights for recovery. We are Board Certified Trial Lawyers and have over 30 years of experience in brain injury claims.
We recommend you visit www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury, for more information if you believe you or your a loved one has sustained brain damage or injury.
At Carey Leisure & Neal, Thomas Carey, Jodi Leisure, and Katherine Neal are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. At Carey Leisure & Neal we have handled thousands of cases, and you’re not just a client, you’re family.
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