Brain injury is a much more common type of injury than most people realize, and if you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered one it is important to consult a brain injury lawyer who regularly works on these types of cases. Brain injury lawyer Rick Morefield understands. He has extensive experience working with individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, slip and fall accident, or dangerous product and he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements in these cases.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. For example, imagine, traveling at 60 miles an hour in a car, and then without warning being hit from the side. Your skull which normally protects your brain, now acts like a hard, immovable object, which can cause serious injury, as your brain is likely to hit one side of your skull and then bounce back and hit the other. This is just one example. There are many other ways to suffer a TBI – a fall, any variety of sports, a car or motorcycle or bicycle accident, and many more.
Common Symptoms of TBI
Sometimes, for example when the victim is in a major motor vehicle accident, it is obvious that the victim has suffered a TBI. However, many times it is not. Serious concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) are significant injuries but often they are not immediately visible or obvious to anyone other than the injury victim or the victim’s close friends or family. It can be difficult for brain injury victims to explain the pain and limitations they are experiencing, and frustrating when it seems nobody understands.
According to Brainline, people should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- loss of or change in consciousness anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours
- decreased level of consciousness, i.e., hard to awaken
- convulsions or seizures
- unequal dilation in the pupils of the eyes or double vision
- clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- nausea and vomiting
- new neurologic deficit, i.e., slurred speech; weakness of arms, legs, or face; loss of balance
And of course, there is an even longer list of potential symptoms that you should look for and monitor including light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, memory problems, fatigue, depression and mood swings.
Why hire a Brain Injury Lawyer?
Traumatic brain injuries and lesser brain injuries range from injuries that require 24-hour nursing care to injuries that have serious, but subtle effects on the emotions or intellect. The ongoing cost of care and long-term support can be expensive and there can be a significant loss of income or career opportunities. Hiring a brain injury lawyer, like Rick Morefield, as early as early as possible is the best way to secure your rights, and help you recover.