Head & Brain Injuries
Statistics compiled by the National Center for Injury Prevention reveal that 1.5 million Americans experience brain injuries each year. Included in this group are 50,000 fatalities and over approximately 1 million patients requiring hospitalization. There a variety of head and brain injuries that can cause damage including car accidents, defective product accidents, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, truck accidents, and workplace accidents. Head and brain injuries have the potential to significantly change the quality of a person’s life and can result in ongoing medical treatment and substantial medical bills. Although some head injuries result in readily noticeable signs of injury, other individuals who experience deadly head and brain injuries do not immediately notice that they have been harmed. If you or a loved one has experienced a head or brain injury due to any type of accident, it is critical to obtain the assistance of a skilled accident attorney.
The Main Types of Brain Injuries
There are several common types of brain injuries, which include the following:
- Hypoxic Brain Injuries. This category of brain injuries involves anoxia, a term used to describe lack of oxygen to a person’s pain. There a variety of causes for anoxia including birth injuries, defective product accidents, heart attacks, medical malpractice, near drowning, smoke inhalation, strokes, and tumors.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. These injuries are caused by head trauma and are comprised of closed head injuries and open head injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, which are sometimes referred to as “TBI’s”, are most common in slip and falls, sporting accidents, and vehicular accidents.
Diagnosing and Treating Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are often easy for medical professionals to diagnose because an accident has occurred that caused the damage. In many cases, medical professionals will use MRI or CT scanning to determine the health of a person’s brain and the extent of any damages. In a large number of cases, however, medical professionals experience difficulty in assessing the degree of a person’s injuries. The Glasgow Coma Scale is used in many situations to assess a variety of conditions including a patient’s eye response, motor responses, and verbal responses. Fortunately, recovery from brain injuries is a possibility in a large number of cases involving even mild brain damage. In some cases, however, patients experience permanent brain damage that lasts the rest of their life. As a result of the potentially long lasting nature of these injuries, there are various government support services including Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance.
Contact an Experienced Kentucky Accident Attorney
At Robert Law Office, our legal counsel offers a free initial consultation to discuss the accident the cause your head or brain injury. Many individuals who experience these injuries can experience life altering complications. Our legal counsel makes our service available on a contingency basis, which means that you owe no money unless our law office obtains compensation for you. Roberts Law Office understands what it takes to make sure that your case reaches the best possible outcome, so contact us now.