Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know
The human brain is one of the most important parts of the body. The brain is the control center for the human nervous system, which allows for almost all bodily function, awareness, executive decision making, and thought. The brain is protected by the skull and several other defense mechanisms by the human body, but disruption of the brain or trauma can quickly and drastically change your life.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are extraordinarily complex because so little is understood about the human brain. Brain injuries are not necessarily visible, and problems can manifest over time even when there are few to no symptoms immediately after an accident. You may incur a lifetime of damages in an injury that initially seems minor, and an inexperienced attorney may fail to fully protect your interest based on the actual, hidden extent of your injuries. For this reason, it is important to work with an attorney who understands the nuances of brain injuries and who can advocate not only for what you need at the moment, but what you will need in the future as a potential injury develops.
If you suffer a head injury at the fault or negligence of another, you need to ensure that you are covered for the damages experienced as a result of the injury. You may face monetary damages, such as lost wages, medical expenses, or property damages, or general damages, such as physical suffering, emotional distress, or loss of consortium. If these or other damages have befallen you at the hand of another, it is important to contact an attorney to assess the extent of the damages and to seek proper compensation through the legal system.
There are numerous types of TBI that can affect you:
- Mild TBI includes sensory problems, such as sensitivity to bright light, mood swings, depression, or problems with coordination. Mild TBI generally subsides with time and proper medical treatment.
- Moderate-Severe TBI includes severe depression, difficulty speaking, walking, or thinking, irritability, or the presence of clear fluid draining from the nose or ears. Moderate TBI may subside with treatment or may be present forever; only with professional medical intervention and time will moderate-severe TBI sufferers be able to treat their symptoms and regain some semblance of full health.
Traumatic Brain Injuries are an important life event that should be considered when deciding whether or not to file a personal injury claim. If you believe that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact a medical professional and an attorney to ensure that your rights and health are defended.