A brain injury can have devastating consequences that may not show up until later. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should seek compensation. Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury law firm is here to help you to recover the money you will need to heal and go forward with your life. Our experienced brain injury lawyers are on call 24/7. You can reach us now at 800-800-8888 for your free case evaluation.
Signs of Brain Injury in a Car Accident: The Essentials
Brain injury can occur when something strikes your head, or if your head moves violently and suddenly like in a whiplash injury, or if your head hits something, like hitting the the steering wheel in a car wreck or the floor in a fall, or in many other ways. Some trauma is more serious than others, but there’s no safe level of brain injury. Common causes of brain injury are
- Motor vehicle collisions;
- Falls, especially in elderly and children;
- Violence (domestic abuse, elder abuse, child abuse, crime, etc.);
- Explosive blasts (job related; military service, etc.).
If you or a loved one has been in an accident or in some event that may have caused a head injury it’s very important to seek medical attention immediately. Some symptoms may not appear until weeks after the injury, so it’s difficult to know if you have sustained a brain injury without a thorough doctor’s examination.
Brain Injuries Vary Depending on Severity
It isn’t possible to determine the severity of a brain injury by the symptoms present at the time the event which caused the injury occurred. For instance if you have been in a car wreck, you could be exhibiting symptoms right away, or they might not occur for hours or days. Also, brain injury symptoms can last or short time, or linger indefinitely. Possible symptoms include, but are not limited to
- Loss of consciousness;
- Loss of memory;
- Dazed or confused state;
- Being sleepy or tired;
- Mood swings;
- Sensitivity to light or sound;
- Ringing in ears;
- Bad odor;
- Bad taste;
- Loss of equilibrium;
If your brain injury is mild, the symptoms should go away within hours, days or weeks. Both severe and moderate brain injury can result in an unconscious state that might take days or weeks to go away. Severe brain injury can produce an unconscious state which may or may not improve. Symptoms of severe brain injury include, but are not limited to
- Vegetative state;
- Locked-in syndrome (awake & aware but cannot move anything but the eyes);
- Akinetic mutism (cannot move or speak);
- Brain death (brain is dead but patient can be kept alive physically with machines).
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms May Not Be Obvious
You may not know you’ve sustained a brain injury because symptoms, even for serious injury, can show up later. In almost half of brain injury cases a patient’s condition worsens after they’ve been hospitalized, due to a complex cause and effect in the injured brain, where the primary injury affects other parts of the brain, injuring them like dominoes collapsing one against the other. Some secondary injuries include
- Bleeding inside the skull;
- Increased fluid inside the skull;
- Chemical changes leading to injury or death;
- Brain damage.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation May Be Lengthy
Brain injury recovery could take weeks, months or years. Depending on the type of injury you have, some areas of the brain could be permanently changed. Physical recovery, that is the recovery of the injured tissue, is faster. The other part of recovery is to relearn skills, or learn to compensate for skills that you may never get back. Your doctor or case manager can give you guidance on where to go for rehabilitative services, but a big part of traumatic brain injury treatment and recovery is to find out what, if any, permanent damage there is, then learn about what you can do to compensate for it. Some services you may need include
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
Recovery can be slow or uneven, with good and bad days. Some things you will have little control over, but there are ways you can work to affect the outcome of your long term well being. A few of these are
- Do things that you enjoy;
- Find interesting things to occupy and stimulate your mind;
- Good nutrition;
- Lots of rest;
- Avoid stress;
- Avoid alcohol/ other substances.
Accidents are stressful. If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, you need to do all you can to relieve your stress so you can begin to heal. But there’s no way to know how serious your injury is with a traumatic brain injury because secondary injuries may occur in the days and weeks after your initial trauma.
How a Brain Injury Law Firm Can Help
Financial stress is a given. There are usually lost wages, maybe an extended time off work, and with brain injuries medical bills may continue to pile up and you may never be able to return to your former occupation. You need to focus on healing and stress reduction, so you need an experienced team of Traumatic Brain Injury lawyers to help you to recover damages for
- Lost wages;
- Future earnings;
- Medical treatment;
- Pain and suffering;
- Any expenses or financial loss the insurance doesn’t cover.
Let Isaacs & Isaacs Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Help
When you contact Isaacs & Isaacs after you or your loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury we can give you a rapid case evaluation after listening to your story. Then our experienced brain injury team will
- Investigate the facts;
- Review all records related to your case;
- Determine who is/are responsible;
- Work diligently to recover all the money you are entitled to, including for future damages.
There’s a statute of limitations for filing cases in civil court, depending on what type of case it is and other factors such as when the victim was injured and/or knew about their injury. In most cases, the clock starts ticking the moment the injury occurs. It is crucial to talk to an experienced brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
We Don’t Get Paid Until We Resolve Your Case
We believe that when you have been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence or wrongful act, you shouldn’t have to pay any money to obtain fair and just compensation. Isaacs & Isaacs will represent you on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid until you do.
Call us now at 800-800-8888 to talk to one of our experienced brain injury attorneys. We are here for you 24/7.