Did You Injure Your Brain In An Accident?
Our accomplished attorneys can help you move forward
NLE Law has been handling cases involving traumatic brain injury for decades, and one of the first things we learned is that brain injuries can be insidious. Often, people who have been injured don't know about their injury until days, weeks or even months later. Unfortunately, this means they may not seek medical help for some time - and they may have a harder time recovering compensation for their losses. Throughout that process, they will need to have the right personal injury attorney in their corner.
We're committed to helping victims of brain injury get better, and one of the most important steps in the recovery process is recognizing that you have an injury. If you've been involved in a car accident or fall, hurt while playing sports, or injured in a violent attack, review this list of warning signs - and if you have any reason to suspect you may have a brain injury, see a doctor right away.
How Did You Injure Your Head?
Any collision can cause a brain injury such as a concussion. You may have hit your head on a window or other hard surface. But even if your head didn't hit anything, any violent back-and-forth movement (whiplash) can cause brain injuries, including damage to the pituitary gland.
Because commercial trucks are so much larger than passenger cars, these collisions involve more force - and thus more potential trauma to the brain. Some truck accidents involve underride, which means a part of the trailer may actually enter the vehicle's cab.
Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles provide no head injury protection to operators or passengers. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a brain injury, but helmets only do so much. If you landed on your head, you may have a concussion or other serious injury.
Slip and Fall
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury nationwide, accounting for about two in five overall - and they're especially dangerous for children and elderly people. If you or your child sustained a head injury in a fall, you should seek medical attention right away.
Children and adults alike can sustain significant head injuries during sports and recreational activities. Concussions put athletes at risk of second-impact syndrome - a rare but deadly condition in which a second concussion is sustained before the first has had time to heal.
Violence involving blunt force trauma to the head can result in moderate and severe brain injuries, especially for younger victims. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to take legal action against the person who assaulted you or the owner of the premises.
What Are Your Symptoms?
Did you lose consciousness after the accident?
Not every brain injury results in loss of consciousness, but if the accident did knock you out, especially for 30 minutes or more, that's an immediate red flag.
Do you have head or neck pain?
A persistent headache or a literal pain in the neck that just won't go away is a warning sign that your head or spine may have experienced significant trauma.
Do you hear ringing or buzzing?
This is called tinnitus - hearing something when no external sound is present. It may indicate an injury to the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound.
Have your sleep patterns changed?
Some traumatic brain injury survivors develop insomnia. Others begin to oversleep. Either way, if your sleep patterns have changed significantly, you may have a brain injury.
Do you have blurred vision or sensitivity to light?
A brain injury may have affected the part of your brain that processes visual information, leading to these difficulties. Other senses such as taste and smell may also be affected.
Have you lost energy or libido?
Victims of brain injury are often very tired and have trouble staying awake. Some brain injuries also cause loss of libido (sex drive).
Are you having trouble with everyday tasks?
An injury to the brain can affect your memory, focus, organization and decision-making, making formerly routine tasks at home or work difficult or impossible.
Have you had trouble with balance?
Traumatic brain injuries may cause damage to the brain stem and cerebellum, the parts of the brain that control coordination. This leads to dizziness and disequilibrium - loss of balance.
Do you have trouble reading?
Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) is a symptom of brain injury that causes your brain to see a block of text as a bunch of isolated letters, rather than reading it as a coherent whole.
Have you been irritable or "moody?"
Damage to the brain can have unpredictable effects on your mood. Brain injury survivors often experience mood changes, which may be misdiagnosed as a psychological condition.
Are you feeling depressed or losing interest in activities?
Many brain injuries cause damage to the pituitary gland, which can cause low levels of growth hormone and other hormones. Those hormonal imbalances can cause symptoms such as depression and fatigue - and are often misdiagnosed.
Has Your Child Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Young victims of traumatic brain injury experience the same symptoms that adults do, but they may have more difficulty communicating about their symptoms. If your child has been hurt in a fall or while playing sports, look out for these warning signs:
Have your child's grades suffered?
This may be a sign that your child is having trouble reading, concentrating or remembering information, all of which could be symptoms of brain injury.
Is your child throwing more temper tantrums?
Children with traumatic brain injuries often experience mood swings, which can lead to crankiness and verbal or physical acting out.
Has your child lost skills?
Learned skills such as reading, writing and toilet training can all be affected by a brain injury. What may look like a regression or "phase" could actually be a sign of trauma.
Have there been changes in the way your child plays?
After a brain injury, a child may lose interest in favorite toys. Some activities may also become more difficult, and he or she may shy away from those games instead of saying something is wrong.
Is your child overly tired or eating less?
Brain injuries frequently cause loss of energy and loss of appetite. A sudden change in either eating or sleeping habits is a major red flag.
Has your child been especially clumsy or accident-prone?
Children who survive brain injuries often lose coordination or balance, just as adults do. This may lead to falls and other injuries if the problem is not quickly addressed.
If you notice any of these warning signs of traumatic brain injury, you need to seek immediate medical help. Then, contact us. NLE Law has extensive experience working with victims of brain injury. We can help you get the best care using our connections in the medical community, and we'll help you get compensation to pay for the long-term costs of a brain injury.
Even if you aren't sure whether you have a case, we would be more than happy to meet with you for a free consultation. With so much at stake, you can't afford to wait. Call (206) 623-7520 today.