Below are some essential facts about brain trauma and seeking compensation for traumatic brain injury:
Levels of Severity and Symptoms
Following a head injury, various symptoms may occur. A person may suffer anything from a minor concussion to a major skull fracture. To determine the precise seriousness of the injury, however, it is imperative to seek the advice of a medical doctor or neurologist.
Symptoms of brain trauma include impaired memory, drowsiness, dizziness, unequal pupils, and blurred vision. Serious cases may also involve convulsions, extreme confusion, and weakness or numbness in the appendages. A person may experience strange mood swings, behavioral problems and the inability to concentrate as well. However, it is important to understand that some symptoms may not occur immediately. This is why it is important to seek medical treatment after a head injury, whether or not overt signs and symptoms are present.
Evaluation and Treatment
Immediately after such an injury occurs, the patient is usually stabilized in an intensive care unit of a hospital or urgent care facility. The initial goal is to halt further damage. Physicians typically center treatment on controlling intracranial pressure and ensuring that there is an adequate amount of oxygen and blood flowing to the person’s brain.
The patient may also be placed on intravenous fluids to prevent his or her blood pressure from dropping rapidly. Medications are also sometimes given to prevent seizures. In certain cases, surgery is necessary to remove a blood clot or a foreign object that is lodged in the brain.
When surgery is necessary, the patient must be informed that there are certain risks involved. Although any type of surgery may lead to complications, procedures that must be completed in or around the cranium are particularly risky. However, in some cases, there is no other alternative.
Rehabilitation is typically necessary when serious traumatic injuries of this type take place. Each case is unique, and therefore treatments and therapy vary considerably from one patient to the next. In some instances, rehabilitation can be completed on an outpatient basis, while other individuals may need care around the clock.
In some instances, long-term physical therapy may be needed in order to restore the person to his or her former self.
Patients who suffer from long-term disabilities due to their injury may need permanent care. In severe cases where the loss of cognitive function or paralysis has occurred, the individual may need to be placed in a skilled nursing facility. Fortunately, complete brain trauma recovery is possible in many cases, especially if care is immediately sought for the injured individual.
Seeking Compensation for Damages
For example, a person may have problems with fatigue, memory, focus, and even controlling anger, all of which substantially limits his or her ability to work on a regular basis. In addition, the injured individual may not be able to return to a job that was previously full-time, but rather be forced to seek fewer hours or a different job where part-time hours are available.
Pain and Suffering
Life Care Costs
Attorneys working on contingency typically advance money for various expenses, such as depositions from medical experts, and are then reimbursed after the case is won. Because the preparation for such a trial is naturally quite expensive, attorneys who proceed on a contingent fee usually only take cases they believe they can win. If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury, Bodden and Bennett Law Group can help. Contact us to discuss your case and learn about compensation for traumatic brain injury and the various options available.