Personal Injury Accidents with Head Injury
Many accidents result in head injury. Reports state there are over 50,000 head injuries every year as result of negligent accidents. Most of these injured individuals are left permanently disabled. Another report indicates that an excess of 1 million Americans suffered head injuries.
You Need An Expert
The analysis of this kind of injury requires an expertise concerning the nature and type of head injuries in the area of the brain involved. In auto accident cases the speed of vehicles and whether or not the individual lost consciousness is important information in evaluating the head injury claim.
How is a Head Injury Detected?
A head injury with brain damage can be detected in different ways. There are a variety of types of scans and MRIs available that will pick up brain damage. Even minor brain damage can create substantial interference with one’s daily activities. Unfortunately, minor brain damage is often not detected by scans. When one suspects brain damage, a neuropsychological test can be performed to determine the nature and the extent of the damage.
What are the Signs of a Head Injury?
Signs of this type of injury include loss of functional capacity, memory loss, changes in the ability to speak, changes in the ability to perform regular body functions and personality changes. Family members of the injured party must assist the attorney in providing this background information so the claim could be properly evaluated.
How to Evaluate a Head Injury
In evaluating a head injury claim, not only are the medical expenses past and future part of the claim, we also must evaluate how this will affect the individual’s loss of earning capacity in the future. This often involves a vocational expert who will evaluate an individual’s past employment history, and, with the doctor’s limitations, issue an opinion on the economic loss. Loss of consortium, loss of services to the family, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of time are all important elements of damage in this type of case.
Head Injuries are not always obvious
This injury is not always obvious which is why you need a trained individual with experience to assist you. At Patton and Patton we are here to help. We can quickly set up a free consultation to assist you. Remember you have only one opportunity to be compensated for the injury unfairly inflicted upon you and your family. We understand and look forward to talking to you about your case.
The experience of Patton and Patton
We have experience in representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury claims including auto accidents, car crashes, motor vehicle negligence, insurance claims, uninsured claims, hit-and-run matters, drunk drivers, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and slip and fall cases. We have experience in helping individuals who have had head injuries, brain damage, orthopedic injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, herniated discs, broken bones and a wide variety of other types of injuries. Regardless of the injury or the type of accident you were involved in, we can help.
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Deep Dive: More Background Information on Brain Injury
Brain injury is common in motorcycle accidents, severe car crashes, even slip and fall where the head hits a hard surface.
After an accident if you have the following suddenly then you need to get into an emergency department right away; Headaches that worsen, a tired feeling, can’t be awakened, can’t recognize people or places, neck pain, seizures, repeated vomiting, increasing confusion or irritability, unusual behavioral change, neurologic signs, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in arms/legs, changes in state of consciousness. These symptoms may indicate a brain bleed and you need to get checked by a doctor immediately.
Other types of brain injuries are milder but may still be permanent and disabling. A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)) is a complex process affecting the brain caused by force to the head. You can have a brain injury even if the scans do not show structural damage. Concussion might involve a loss of consciousness—concussion results in a host of physical, emotional, thinking and sleep-related symptoms. Symptoms may last from several minutes to days, weeks, months or even longer and include Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Balance problems, Dizziness, Visual problems, Fatigue, Sensitivity to light, Sensitivity to noise, Numbness/Tingling, Feeling mentally foggy, a feeling of being slowed down, Difficulty concentrating, Difficulty remembering, Irritability, Sadness, More emotional, Nervousness, Drowsiness, Sleeping patterns change.
In any evaluation, it is essential to get a complete description of the injury including how the injury occurred, type of force, location on the head or body. Different accidents may cause various symptoms including visual changes, balance difficulties. The greater the blow to the head the more significant the symptoms.
Amnesia is failing to form new memories. The Doctor must determine whether amnesia has occurred and for how long. Research has indicated that amnesia may be up to 10 times more predictive of how bad the problem is than just a loss of consciousness.
Include your family in the investigation of a possible head injury with the family sharing what they have observed including any attitude or behavior changes. The injured party may not recognize behavior changes, but the family might. Brain injured children have natural communication limitations so the family may be the only source of information about behavior changes.
The Doctor will list out all the symptoms as that will give him or her a clue as to which part of the brain was hurt. Symptoms may include inattention, headaches, sleep, sadness, with the real issue being how did these things change after the accident.
A physician will ask about changes in physical activities and changes in academic studies, multi-tasking at work, reading or concentration.
Many other factors may delay your recovery. Symptoms will typically worsen or re-emerge with exertion, indicating incomplete recovery. Over-exertion may delay healing. If you have had prior concussions, this may cause a more severe injury from your accident. Research indicates that cognitive and symptom effects of a concussion may be cumulative, especially if there is only a short time between injuries. Previous concussions will also complicate the legal issue of the cause, did you recover from the last accident, if not you may have a claim for the aggravation of any pre-existing injury. Recent research indicates migraine headaches, or a learning disability can cause delayed recovery.
Treatment of a head injury can vary. The doctor might monitor the situation or may refer you to a specialist if you are still having problems days later. Neuropsychological testing can determine if you have minor brain injury even when CT scans are normal.
We hope you find this summary helpful in making your decisions about your personal injury claim. This is just a summary of medical information and not intended to be medical advice. For medical opinions you should consult with your physician. You can get more medical information at this link.