A traumatic brain injury can occur due to a blow or other insult to the tissue inside of your head, one so terrible, or irregular, that it disrupts normal brain activity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that an estimated 1.4 million Americans are befallen with brain injuries due to some type of an injury, or unanticipated, shocking event each year.
There are in fact an estimated 235,00 brain injury patients that are hospitalized at any given time in the United States (Source), making this a public health concern. The traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow to the head, jarring or shaking, and can be caused by other unseemly events, like explosions, and even when an object, fixed or flying, pokes into your head. One example of a penetration wound is one that could be created from an object such as a bullet entering into and possibly exiting the skull. If this doesn’t kill you outright, the trauma from the bullet cavitation alone is enough to turn you into a human vegetable.
There are other types of serious brain trauma as well, such as those that are caused by oxygen deprivation, stroke and disease, as well as those coupled with things like post concussion syndrome for example. If you or a loved one have suffered from a condition like this, and you think it was caused due to the negligence of someone else, the experienced Southern California brain injury attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC can be of immediate assistance. They created this blog in order to help the general public understand the latest breakthroughs in both medicine and the law and to help answer questions.
Brain Related Mishaps Can Result in Utter Devastation to Whole Families
Brain stem injuries, for example, can lead to coma and paralysis, just as easily as direct damage to the soft tissue inside the skull and cranial cavities can. So it is not just strike and jaring of the head that can put a person out of the game. Blows to the spine, neck and shoulder area can be devastating to the family and survivors alike. This is due to the type of injury it is. Unlike broken bones or skin injuries, the grey tissue does not heal the same way. Certain brain functions can be lost or never work the same way again.
The victim could have personality changes, disabilities, problems with acuity, awareness, speech, hearing and sight. They could also suffer from mental problems, loss of intelligence and cunning. In short the brain injury can require changes in lifestyle.
Distraught and Despair
The sufferer of these types of conditions could need to learn to do things in a new way, or be forced to have help with even the most simple undertakings of daily life. These new challenges can be emotionally despairing for the victim and their family(ies). The tissue damage and other head trauma will take an extended amount of time to heal, or at least to heal as much as possible.
And during the rehabilitation period, the family will need to be understanding. This is a game changer for everyone, not just the direct victim(s). Just the thought of being forced to sell your home and the person with the smarts and wisdom to keep it (the damaged victim), is no longer sage enough to help.
Diagnosis and Prognosis
When diagnosing the brain injury, physicians may need to run multiple tests. They will test for acuity, keenness and perception among other things. The specialists will also give the victim, or designated representative the prognosis for a full or partial recovery. And a real problem is that the symptoms can be vague or invisible in the beginning.
So if you struck your head, or were jarred, the brain may have impacted against the inside of your skull and become bruised. So get to a care provider right away. The person that has suffered a brain injury may need surgery, physical and occupational therapy to heal a as much as possible.
Testing, surgery and therapies can be overwhelming for the average family and brain injury victim and the medical costs can add up fast. When you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence they need to be held responsible for their actions. Filing a traumatic brain injury lawsuit can help to ease the financial stress when compensation is recovered to pay past and future medical bills. The compensation for a permanent disability from a brain injury can make up for the lost income and other financial costs.
The attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC have the experience needed to protect the right to recover compensation for a traumatic brain injury. You nor the victim will have the judgment or discernment to handle a negligence claim like this, in your depressed and mournful state. They are skilled brain injury attorneys that have won countless lawsuits and millions of dollars for the injured victim. The brain injury attorneys of Ehline Law Firm PC can be reached at 888-400-9721.