The brain is one of the most important parts of your body, alongside your heart. The brain is the center of not only every thought you have, but also controls the automatic systems in your body, such as breathing, the pumping of blood, and movement.
When your brain is injured, the effects can be devastating and surprising. Even simple brain injuries like concussions are taken very seriously in the medical community. Worse injuries, or frequent injuries, can have surprising effects that make life difficult for the victims of brain trauma and their families.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe head injury, seek medical care immediately. Even if the effects are not obvious, there might be underlying damage that has not yet revealed itself. After seeking medical treatment, you might want to consider speaking to a lawyer about the accident that caused the injury.
Whenever you suffer an injury because of someone else’s negligence or bad choices, you have the opportunity to take them to court for the injury. If the accident occurred in Baltimore, Bennett and Heyman, P.A., may be able to take your case. Our attorneys have been practicing personal injury law for decades and offer free consultations.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s statistics on brain injuries show that, even since 2007, more and more people are seeking treatment for brain injuries. Less people are also dying from brain injuries, but the CDC still shows a high rate of death due to brain injuries, especially for people aged 65 and older.
The groups at higher risk for severe brain injuries are children and older adults. Falls and car accidents are the two most common accidents that cause brain injury. Especially for the elderly, a fall can be difficult to recover from. Muscle weakness that comes with age can make it harder for older adults to navigate icy terrain, dangerous steps, or other environmental dangers.
A blow to the head can cause a concussion. Though concussions seem common, they are nothing to take lightly. Depending on the age of the victim and the number of prior concussions they have had in their life, concussions can be quite serious. The symptoms of a concussion include blacking out, memory loss, nausea, light sensitivity, confusion, and headaches.
Even worse than a concussion is traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is like a concussion, and caused by blows to the head, but it is far more severe. Victims of traumatic brain injury can suffer from any of the following symptoms:
- Balance problems
- Problems concentrating and thinking
- Amnesia and other memory problems
- Problems recognizing people or objects
- Sudden mood swings, including unprompted sadness and anger
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Severe headaches
- Slurred speech
These symptoms are even more dangerous because they may not appear immediately after suffering head trauma. It could actually take a couple days before any of these symptoms become apparent.
It is vital to treat any head injury very seriously. Always see a doctor after suffering from a head injury, especially one that causes you to lose consciousness. Make sure to keep a record of your symptoms as they appear – or have someone else keep the record if you are unable to. Keep in touch with your doctor about changes in your symptoms, but also keep the record for yourself. This could be important if you take your case to court.
Brain injuries can have very different treatment methods, which have very different costs and recovery plans. Some brain injuries are completely contained, with little to no damage to the head or skull, but still require rehabilitation and therapy to overcome. Other injuries involve skull fractures or objects penetrating the skull and brain, leading to extremely severe injuries. These wounds usually require surgery to repair the fractures and stop bleeding in addition to any therapy or rehabilitation.
Head trauma can leave patients suffering from the symptoms of the injury for the rest of their life. Unlike skin, muscle, or bone, the tissue that makes up your brain does not regenerate well. This means that certain brain functions and pathways may be permanently lost in severe injury. This can even lead to blindness, loss of hearing, loss of taste, or other strange symptoms regarding personality, judgment, and memory.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
If your brain injury was caused by a car accident, slip and fall, or any other accident that occurred because of someone else’s careless or negligent behavior, you may be entitled to relief. The medical bills for your treatment, costs of other therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from work, and even money to compensate for pain and suffering may be available for your case.
Medical bills are expensive, especially when they include things like MRIs, CT scans, and brain surgery. In a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries, you may be able to recover any of the expenses you paid toward medical treatment or rehabilitation. The process toward recovering from a traumatic brain injury is long and requires ongoing care. For some, they never stop needing care. All of these medical expenses, both past and future, may be compensated.
Brain injuries can put people out of commission while they recover, but more severe injuries may prevent them from ever going back to work. Because of the effects brain trauma has on thought and understanding, victims of TBI might not be able to return to work or might be forced to take lower-paying jobs. In any of these situations, you should be able to recover your lost income from the parties responsible for your injuries. That means that even if you are no longer able to take care of yourself or your family, the available compensation may be able to take care of them for you.
The pain associated with traumatic brain injury, and the mental suffering, is a unique and difficult challenge. Although money may not be able to reverse the pain or suffering, it can certainly help make up for it. In Maryland, damages for pain and suffering are available in a lawsuit, but they are capped at a certain limit.
To discuss how much you may be entitled to in your case, talk to an attorney. Act quickly, though; your case may have deadlines that could stop you from recovering.
Baltimore Injury Lawyers Are Available to Help with Your Case
The lawyers of Bennett and Heyman, P.A., have been practicing in Baltimore for nearly 70 years, altogether. They help injured clients get compensation from the parties who harmed them, and offer free consultations for new clients. To schedule your free consultation, call today at (410) 727-2168.