A Brain Injury Can Permanently Alter Your Physical And Mental Abilities
A traumatic brain injury is abrupt physical damage to the brain, often caused by a jolt or blow to the head, that interrupts normal brain activity. Injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe head trauma with permanent disabilities. Trauma to the brain can cause both short- and long-term physical, cognitive, emotional and social impairments. After suffering a brain injury, your life may never be the same.
Founding attorney Mr. Rush created Rush Injury Law to protect and stand up for the rights of brain injury victims. We understand that brain injuries cause not only financial burdens for the injury victim, but also lasting effects that carry over into all other aspects of their life.
We know the challenges you face, both physically and mentally, as you work toward recovery. Financial hardship resulting from the accident that caused your brain injury should not be one of your worries. Let our staff work to get you the settlement you deserve.
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Types Of Brain Injuries
There are two types of brain injuries: penetrating and closed. A victim suffers a penetrating head injury when a foreign object fractures or penetrates the skull. The object enters the brain and damage is localized to specific areas where the object traveled.
In a closed brain injury, a sudden jolt or blunt trauma to the head causes the brain to strike the inner walls of the skull. Although the skull provides the brain with some protection, damage in closed brain injuries is often widespread, negatively affecting normal functions throughout the brain.
Brain injuries are classified into three categories based on the severity of the injury. Factors include loss of consciousness and brain imaging results. The categories are as follows:
- Mild brain injury: Victims experience a brief loss of consciousness, generally ranging from a few seconds to a few moments. Brain imaging shows normal brain function.
- Moderate brain injury: Victims lose consciousness for one to 24 hours. Brain imaging results show abnormal brain activity.
- Severe brain injury: Victims lose consciousness for over 24 hours or go into a coma. Brain imaging results demonstrate abnormal activity and functions.
Even a mild brain injury, such as a concussion, can cause lasting damage and should be taken seriously.
Symptoms Of Brain Injuries
Unlike other forms of bodily trauma, brain injuries have minimal outward physical manifestations. Depending on the type and severity of the brain injury, symptoms can run the gamut from subtle to obvious. Many symptoms develop immediately after an accident, but delayed symptoms should not be ignored. Common symptoms include:
- Memory problems and confusion
- Decreased awareness, attention and concentration
- Irritability, mood swings and acting out
- Blurred vision, double vision or loss of vision
- Dizziness, nausea and balance problems
- Difficulty speaking and moving
- Increased sensitivity to touch, temperature, light and sounds
Treatment Of Brain Injuries
Prompt diagnosis is essential to treating brain injuries. Even if symptoms are not immediately obvious following a motor vehicle accident or slip-and-fall injury that resulted in trauma to the head, seek medical attention right away.
In cases of a penetrating head injury, doctors may preform surgical treatment to repair skull damage and prevent a secondary injury. For closed head injuries, treatment often focuses on relieving pressure in the brain, minimizing swelling and maintaining blood and oxygen flow. Following the initial treatment, medical professionals focus on restoring lost functional abilities. In cases where a full recovery is not possible, treatment plans include rehabilitative strategies.
Free Consultations For Brain Injury Victims
The expenses of a brain injury can be staggering. Just compensation can help you make the life adjustments you need. Let us help you get it.
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