HAVE YOU SUFFERED A BRAIN INJURY AFTER AN ACCIDENT? CALL (800) 863-5312 TO SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS TODAY
Traumatic brain injuries present in a wide range of symptoms, some of which can be life-altering. If you have been involved in an accident and believe you have suffered a brain injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention from a medical professional. After doing so, the next step is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
At Zinda Law Group, we understand that you may be going through a difficult time. Our personal injury lawyers are here to help you and your family through this traumatic experience. We have the ability necessary to guide you through each step of the legal process and to help get you the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group for your free attorney consultation today.
what is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury is caused by an external force, or sudden trauma, which causes damage to the brain. For example, it may occur when a person’s head is hit, bumped, or jolted. A traumatic brain injury may also occur when an object, such as a bullet, pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary include physical, sensory, cognitive, and behavioral signs and symptoms.
If you suspect you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Although there is little that can be done to reverse the initial brain trauma, a medical professional may be able to stabilize the individual to prevent further injury. Primary concerns include insuring proper oxygen supply to the brain, maintaining blood flow, and controlling blood pressure.
Further, moderately to severely injured individuals may require rehabilitation. This may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social support. If you have been involved in an accident and suffered from any brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. After seeking medical attention, it is important to contact an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible to discuss your case.
causes of traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are a much larger issue than most people would expect. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that in 2014, there were approximately 2.87 million traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States. Of that number, over 837,000 of those individuals were children.
The many causes of traumatic brain injury include:
The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries are from falls. In 2014, falls accounted for around 48% of all traumatic brain injury related emergency department visits. Examples of falling accidents may include falls from a ladder, down the stairs, or in the bath. This cause of injury is most common in older adults and young children.
Violence is another common cause of traumatic brain injury. Examples of violence may include gunshot wounds, domestic violence, and child abuse. In infants, traumatic brain injuries are caused by violent shaking of the child, otherwise known as shaken baby syndrome.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Approximately 20% of all traumatic brain injury hospitalizations are caused by motor vehicle accidents. This includes accidents with cars, motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians.
Sadly, intentional self-harm was the leading case of all traumatic brain injury related deaths in 2014.
There are many different causes of traumatic brain injuries. In some cases, such as car accidents, the injuries may be caused by the negligence or intentional acts of another individual. If your injury was caused by another person, company, or entity, consider scheduling an attorney consultation. At Zinda Law Group, our experienced attorneys may be able to help investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and negotiate on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
traumatic brain injury symptoms
If you have been involved in an accident, one question you may be asking is “Do I have a brain injury?” A traumatic brain injury may present with a wide array of physical and psychological side effects and symptoms. Some of these signs or symptoms may present themselves immediately following the accident, while others may take days, or even weeks, to appear. Further, if you are a parent or guardian, it is important to know the signs and symptoms a child may show if he or she is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries may be broken up into two categories: “mild” and “moderate to severe.”
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Nausea or vomiting
- Problems with speech
- Sensory problems, such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears
Sensitivity to light or sound Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Signs and Symptoms
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries may include any of the signs or symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury, described above, but may also include the following:
- Agitation or combativeness
- Clear fluid draining from the nose or ears
- Convulsions or seizures
- Loss of coordination
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens
- Profound confusion
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
Traumatic Brain Injury Signs and Symptoms in Children
Infants or young children with brain injuries may not have the ability to communicate their symptoms clearly. If a child has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may observe:
- Changes in eating or nursing habits
- Loss of interest in favorite toys or activities
- Persistent crying and inability to be consoled
- Unusual irritability
Always seek medical attention if you or your child has received a blow to the body or head. Further, you may need to seek emergency care if you or your child is experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. Any injury to the brain is extremely serious and may require prompt attention and an accurate diagnosis.
how to prevent a brain injury
Although not all brain injuries are completely avoidable, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of injury:
Wear a Seat belt
It is important to always wear a seat belt while in any kind of motor vehicle. Further, children should always be properly secured in a child safety seat or booster seat that is appropriate for his or her size and weight.
Do Not Drive Under the Influence
Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This includes prescription medications that have the potential of impairing your ability to concentrate or those that may affect your motor function.
Wear a Helmet
Always wear a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, motorcycle, or other similar object or vehicle. Further, it is important to wear the appropriate head protection when playing contact sports, while skiing and snowboarding, or when riding a horse.
If you are driving, refrain from distractions such as eating, talking on the phone, or texting. If you are crossing the street, do not use your phone, tablet, or any other smart device. These kinds of distractions can easily lead to accidents or falls.
There are also certain steps you can take to help prevent falls in or around the house. For example, you should:
- Put a nonslip mat in the shower or bathtub.
- Keep stairs and floors clear of clutter.
- Install handrails on both sides of staircases.
- Get regular vision checkups.
Although there are certain steps you can take to help prevent brain injury, accidents still occur. If you have been involved in an accident and believe you may have a brain injury, you may wonder, “Are there any lawyers near me?” Fortunately, Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers are nationwide and may be available to discuss your unique case.
CONTACT A ZINDA LAW GROUP PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER TODAY to discuss your case
Zinda Law Group attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to help build you the strongest case possible and may help to get you the compensation you deserve for your traumatic brain injury. Our team prides itself on providing each and every case with the resources of a large firm while still giving all of our clients the individualized attention they deserve. Our skilled and aggressive attorneys are able to reach favorable results efficiently and expediently.
Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys are in your area to help you get the compensation you deserve for your traumatic brain injury. They have the ability to investigate your case, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for you in court if a settlement cannot be made. Call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863-5312 to set up your 100% free consultation. You do not pay us a thing unless we are able to win your unique case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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