One of the most traumatic injuries that individual can sustain is a brain injury. Sudden trauma to the brain can cause a mild concussion, coma or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ever year 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury and about 80,000 will be left with a permanent disability.
Brain injuries can be caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults and sports-related accidents. Approximately one-fifth of traumatic brain injuries are cause by auto accidents. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury from a car accident, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact a Greensboro personal injury lawyer today to explore your legal rights.
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Types of Brain Injuries
Some common types of brain injuries include: concussions, contusions, coup-contrecoup, recurrent traumatic brain injuries and diffuse axonal injuries
- Concussions – A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that shakes the brain inside of the skull.
- Contusion – A contusion is a bruise on the brain tissue.
- Coup-Contrecoup – This type of brain injury occurs when the head comes in contact with an object. Contrecoup brain injuries occur on the opposite side of impact.
- Recurrent Traumatic Brain Injuries – Recurrent traumatic brain injuries are when a person suffers multiple brain injuries. Typically recurrent traumatic brain injuries are common in sports-related brain injuries.
- Diffuse Axonal – A diffuse axonal injury (or DAI) is a factor in the injury victim’s state of consciousness. The difference between a DAI and any other form of brain injury is that it is widespread, rather than focal. Regardless of the severity, A DAI can occur in any type of brain injury.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Brain symptoms will vary depending on the severity. A person may have suffered a main mild brain injury if they experience any of the symptoms below:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Confusion or unconsciousness for short period of time (usually less than 30 minutes)
Some symptoms of a serious brain injury include:
- Abnormal speech
- Loss of memory
- Loss of basic motor skills
- Unconsciousness for an extended period of time (more than 30 minutes)
If your brain injury was caused by the negligent actions of another, contact Lewis & Keller.
Treatments for Brain Injuries
A brain injury doesn’t necessarily have to result in a long-term disability or impairment. However, it’s crucial that brain injury victims receive immediate medical treatment. Brain damage can be minimized, if the patient receives the correct diagnosis and treatment for their injury.
Once the injury victim is taken to the hospital, a doctor will stabilize the patient to prevent further injury and will make sure that blood and oxygen are flowing properly to the brain. The type of treatment that a patient receives will depend on the severity of the injury.
Some common brain injury treatments include:
- Monitoring and controlling intracranial pressure
- Surgery to control any bleeding in and around the brain
- Treating the body for other injuries and infection
Occasionally, brain injury victims may need physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or psychological support to fully recover.
North Carolina Brain Injury Lawyers
Treatment for a brain injury can cost victims thousands of dollars. If your brain injury was caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Brain injury victims may be able to recover damage for medical expenses, lost earnings and other losses associated with the accident.
At Lewis & Keller, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injury victims regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us a fee unless you receive a favorable outcome for your claim.
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