Brain Injuries Require Serious Representation
Brain injuries are scary and unsettling, especially when they are severe and the prognosis is not yet known. Fortunately, brain injury awareness has greatly increased in recent years and more research and education is helping in the recognition and treatment of brain injuries. Brain injuries frequently come with a lot of stress and uncertainty for the injured person and his or her family.
Brain injuries can be difficult because there is no one size fits all for recognizing, treating, and recovering from or living with a brain injury. Severe brain injuries are typically recognized and treated early on, but other times people that are suffering from a brain injury are not even aware that there is a problem. Sometimes there is an obvious problem that close friends and loved ones may notice, but is not obvious to other people. And sometimes brain injuries can manifest as a change in behavior or mood swings and it is not clear that a brain injury is at the root of these changes.
Brain Injury Causes
Brain injuries are often associated with sports and falls. Children, the elderly and people in dangerous occupations such as construction workers are at a heightened risk of a brain injury from falling. Other causes include car crashes, pedestrian or bicyclist accidents, birth or anesthesia complications, near drownings, and jaundice.
Understanding The Severity Of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can be anywhere from mild, moderate, to severe. A number of different factors are analyzed when doctors determine the severity of someone’s brain injury. Factors may include the following:
- Length of time unconscious
- Length of time of post traumatic amnesia
- Whether or not there are abnormalities in neuroimaging
- Whether or not there is a skull fracture
- Whether or not there are any neuroradiological abnormalities like contusion, hematoma or hemorrhage
Common Symptoms Of Brain Injuries
Brain injury symptoms typically fall into four categories and are described in detail below.
- Slurred speech
- Delays in speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with concentration
- Difficulty forming and recalling new memories
- Unequal dilation of pupils
- Double vision
- Convulsions or seizures
- Blurred vision
- Ear ringing
- Weakness of muscles
- Loss of coordination
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mood swings
Compensation And Insurance Companies
As previously mentioned, brain injuries sometimes initially go undetected and symptoms can take a while to surface. This is one of many reasons not to settle with an insurance company until you have consulted with a brain injury attorney. You need an attorney who has experience with brain injuries, negotiating with insurance companies, and personal injury trials.