Causes of Head Injuries
Car accidents, sporting accidents, workplace accidents, falls-related accidents, and acts of violence are all common causes of head injuries. While there are multiple types of head injuries, closed head injuries do not necessarily involve skull fractures. However, a closed head injury often involves a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and can be difficult to properly diagnose. The signs and symptoms of a TBI can be subtle and seemingly minor, even though a TBI can potentially lead to serious and permanent behavioral and cognitive disabilities. Sustaining a TBI can affect an accident victim's short-term and/or long-term memory, behavior, and personality, along with other cognitive functions. That is why it is so important for anyone with a head injury to be immediately diagnosed and treated in order to prevent long-term damage.
Concussions are one of the most common types of TBI's that accident victims sustain. A concussion occurs when an impact to the head causes the brain to jar or shake against the inside of the skull. The spinal fluid that surrounds the brain serves as a cushion during normal movement. However, the force of a significant blow or shaking can cause the brain to contact the skull, damaging delicate neural pathways and causing neurological disturbances. Even a mild concussion can produce symptoms including: nausea, irritability, dizziness, loss of concentration, and/or loss of consciousness. The symptoms of a mild concussion may appear to be temporary, but the injury can take much longer to heal than people think.
More serious concussions and TBI's commonly produce similarly subtle signs and symptoms over an extended period of time. In fact, some symptoms can take weeks and even years to present. Severe and/or repeated TBI's can cause permanent brain damage as well. Repeated concussions, for instance, are being linked to an increasing number of long-term and degenerative conditions that can take years to develop. Chronic headaches, nausea, fatigue, confusion, memory loss, sleep disturbances, and mood changes are all symptoms related to serious and repeated TBI's. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative condition caused by chronic brain inflammation linked to repeated concussions. CTE was first recognized in boxers, but is now being identified as a sport-related injury in football players, soccer players, and other athletes who sustain repeated blows to the head.
The proper diagnosis and treatment of a traumatic brain injury like a concussion depends upon prompt and effective testing in many cases. First off, it is crucial for the injury victim and/or others to identify the signs and symptoms of a TBI for what they are. Unfortunately, many people with head injuries never seek the medical attention they need because they ignore or underestimate their symptoms. Because traditional MRI or CAT scan tests do not always accurately identify the nature or severity of TBI's, it is also imperative that more appropriate tests are performed. Newer MRI brain scan protocols and new pathological testing techniques are having a profound impact on TBI diagnosis and treatment. A proper follow-up with an experienced specialist may reveal evidence of a bleed even a year or so later.
Consequences of a Head Injury
Due to the fact that TBI symptoms can be subtle and/or take an extended amount of time to present, they are often overlooked or misdiagnosed by emergency room physicians. We here at the Law Offices of William C. Bibb have handled numerous head trauma cases, and understand the importance of providing clients with the best possible medical care in order to properly diagnose their injuries. Once I have ensured that your TBI is accurately diagnosed, I can use expert witnesses to properly evaluate your injuries for settlement and trial. A causal link must be made between the trauma that you sustained and the consequences of your TBI. Only then can damages be secured to account for your: medical expenses, lost past and/or future wages, cost of assistance with daily living, and other related expenses.
Make sure that you get the Compensation you Deserve
As your legal representative and advocate, I take whatever steps are necessary to safeguard your immediate and long-term safety and well-being. As such, my top priority is to ensure that you have the financial security necessary to provide for all of your needs moving forward from your serious accident. I am well versed in the processes of the experts for diagnosing and proving causation in tort cases involving traumatic brain injuries, and am ready and able to go up against adjusters and other parties who attempt to undermine your right to compensation. this is no time for on-the-job learning for lawyers who are inexperienced in proving traumatic brain injuries. As soon as the injury occurs, you need the very best brain specialists and the most experienced lawyer you can find.