Head and brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries one can sustain from an accident. Since everything we do comes from our brain, even the slightest brain injury is nothing to scoff at. If you have injured your head in an accident, you need to make sure that you receive the best possible medical treatment for your injuries.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are generally caused by events that occur suddenly and cause your head to hit a surface or get hit by an object. Common causes include:
- Car Accidents: While cars have airbags in an attempt to reduce the amount of head & brain injuries, there are still plenty of ways to injure your head – from hitting the back of your head on your seat to hurting your head in a rollover accident.
- Motorcycle Accidents: Although most motorcyclists wear helmets, there is only so much a helmet can do if you get into an accident while on a motorcycle. Even if the damage isn’t fatal, hitting your head during a motorcycle accident can give you a concussion or traumatic brain injury, and can affect your brain for the rest of your life.
- Slip and Falls: While not as violent as car or motorcycle accidents, slip and falls are often sudden and can lead to serious injuries. Since people often try to downplay accidents after a slip and fall, and since brain injuries can take time to show themselves, these injuries often go undiagnosed for a long time. If you fall and hurt your head, please get medical attention immediately.
- Construction Accidents: Working in construction comes with many inherent risks, one of them being the increased chance for serious injury compared to other lines of work. Construction workers can sustain serious brain injuries in a number of ways, from getting hit by debris to falling off of scaffolding or another elevated surface. If you hurt your head in a construction accident, do not take the first settlement offer given to you – talk to an attorney today to see what your case might be worth.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are plenty of symptoms of traumatic brain injuries past the obvious symptoms like headaches and nausea. Since these symptoms are present in many types of injuries and diseases, brain injuries can be hard pin to one accident – which is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure you get the most money possible out of your case.
- Memory Loss: While it might seem innocuous at first, memory loss can be a seriously harmful symptom to deal with after your injury. Forgetting what time it is or forgetting someone’s name is completely harmless, but there are some serious everyday things that can go wrong if your memory is seriously affected (forgetting to turn off the stove/oven, etc).
- Sensitivity to light or sound: We all know the feeling of waking up and being overwhelmed by the sights and sounds surrounding us – this is the everyday reality of many who suffer traumatic brain injuries.
- Irritability & Anxiety: Victims of brain injuries can suffer a broad range of emotional damages, two of the most notable being irritability and anxiety. Because brain injury victims are in constant pain and stress, they are often anxious about how they will feel and react to the environment around them, and can become understandably irritable if they are in too much discomfort in their current situation.
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are incredibly varied, and change greatly on a case-by-case basis. Two people in the same exact accident suffering the same exact injuries can have completely different symptoms after being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury – which is why it is so important to get medical attention right after an injury to your head area.
Since brain injury symptoms are so varied, the consequences from them are as well. In less-serious cases, consequences can range from being out of work for a period of time to issues with balance and sleep while their injury recovers.
Serious cases of traumatic brain injury, however, carry consequences that affect the injured person and the people around them for the rest of their life. Inability to work or socialize normally, chronic depression, and permanent memory loss are some of the more serious consequences of serious brain injuries that are not treated properly.
Depending on the severity of your brain injury, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Traumatic brain injury cases are complex, but with expert accident reconstruction, eyewitness testimony, and medical expert testimony, The Miami Injury Lawyers have the tools at their disposal to create a winning case.
Contact The Miami Injury Lawyers Today
The Miami Injury Lawyers have decades of experience helping clients get compensation for all injuries resulting from their accidents. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury after an accident, we have the tools at our disposal to earn you the maximum possible settlement. Please schedule a consultation by filling out a contact form today.