Head Injury Attorney
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Head injuries can cause devastating effects on victims and their families for years. When a head injury is caused by another’s negligence, the victim may be able to recover compensation for the damages they’ve suffered as a result of the injury. An experienced head injury lawyer can help victims recover damages for things such as: medical expenses, loss of affection, lost income & employment opportunities, physical damages, possible punitive damages, and emotional damages.
Head Injury Statistics
According to studies conducted by the CDC from 2006 to 2014, millions of Americans suffer from head injuries that are bad enough to go to the emergency room each year.
- Nearly 2.9 million visits to the emergency room in 2014 were due to TBI-related head injuries
- Close to 290,000 Americans were hospitalized in 2014 due to head injuries, and of this total, more than 23,000 of these patients were children.
- Close to 57,000 Americans died in 2014 because of TBI-related head injuries. Of these victims, over 2,500 of them were children.
- Hospital visits to the emergency room increased over 50% from 2006 to 2014, but the annual deaths and hospitalizations caused by head injuries remained relatively the same throughout the duration of the study.
- Over 5 million people (>2%) of Americans need daily help to accomplish simple tasks because of a head injury.
Common Causes of Serious Head Injuries
Head injuries such as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be life-threatening and are caused by a number of everyday situations. Some common causes of head injuries include:
- Auto & Car Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Bicycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Sports accidents
- Being shot with a gun
- Oxygen deprivation
- Violent Crimes such as assault and battery
- Being caught in an explosion
- Objects falling on the head
- Falling down stairs
Anoxic head injuries are caused when the brain is deprived of oxygen for a prolonged period of time.
Inborn head injuries occur in fetuses before birth and are mainly caused by hypoxia, perinatal illness, fetal alcohol syndrome, or parental drug abuse during pregnancy.
Types of Head Injuries
Open head injuries, also known as penetrating head injuries, involve a break, fracture, or penetration of the skull. These types of head injuries often cause severe brain damage if the penetrating object is able to enter the brain tissue. Open head injuries are more common in situations involving gunshot wounds, car accidents, and fireworks accidents. With open injuries, the damage is typically more in the area where the penetrating object entered, but both types of head injury can cause swelling across the brain and other potentially life-threatening conditions.
Closed head injuries occur when a victim’s head is struck, but the object does not penetrate, break, or fracture the skull. A good portion of head injuries received in sports are closed head injuries. The brain damage from this type of injury mostly stems from the impact of the brain hitting the inside of the skull which can cause a variety of problems including internal bruising and bleeding in the brain.
Concussions are the most common type of head injury suffered. They mostly fall under closed head injuries, but can also result from open head injuries. Whiplash, violent shaking, and sports impacts are the most common causes of concussions. Post-concussion syndrome is a disorder that can be brought on by a concussion and can last for over a year.
Contusions are a type of head injury that involve severe bruising or internal bleeding of the brain. Contusions that are on the larger side often require surgical intervention to help with recovery. This type of head injury can occur without impact and can result from other situations such as microhemorrhages or blood vessel leakage. A contusion can be life-threatening or lead to permanent brain damage when it is paired with severe swelling of the brain, also known as edema.
Diffuse Axonal Injuries are suffered when the brain is unable to keep up with the movement of the skull, resulting in dangerous tearing, twisting, or shaking of the brain. Car accidents are a common cause of this type of head injury.
Head Injury Symptoms
Head injuries can cause victims to experience a wide variety of different symptoms. Some symptoms are physical where others are cognitive-related. A majority of symptoms are short-lived, but some may last a lifetime as a result of the brain damage caused by the head injury. These are some of the most common symptoms that victims experience after suffering a head or skull injury:
- Aggravation or combativeness
- Clear fluid drainage from the ears or nose
- Confusion or disorientation while conscious
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of balance & coordination
- Memory issues
- Numbness in the extremities such as in the fingers and toes
- Profound confusion
- Pupil dilation
- Seizures or convulsions
- Slurred speech
- Sudden mood swings
- Trouble sleeping or the inability to wake from sleep
Possible Long Term Effects with Head Injuries
Not all head injury victims suffer long-term brain damage, but there are a number of complications that can result from these types of injuries. These are some of the potential long-term side effects that can be paired with a head injury:
- Spasticity. A condition in which muscles are tightened or stiffened by disruption of the brain. This can inhibit the control of stretch and muscle reflexes, causing muscles or joints to lock in place.
- Impaired behavior. Head injuries can sometimes cause victims to behave in unpredictable ways. Sudden mood swings and other behavioral anomalies may be present after a head injury occurs.
- Emotional suffering. Serious, life-changing injuries can be stressful to adapt and deal with. Many head injury victims end up with some level of emotional trauma caused by either the injury itself or from the conditions of their new life after the injury.
- Issues communicating. When a head injury causes brain damage, a victim may have trouble communicating normally through speaking or writing and may even struggle to understand what others are trying to communicate.
- Disabilities related to cognition. Permanent memory loss, impairment to one’s executive functioning, and inability to pay attention are some of the most common cognitive issues that may last a victim’s entire life after suffering a head injury.
- Impairment of physical capabilities. Head injuries can have a serious effect on one’s mobility and a victim may require medical aids to regain their ability to move around. Walkers, wheelchairs, and motorized scooters are what some victims need to be able to move after suffering a head injury.
- Seizures. Certain types of head injuries can disrupt the electrical signals that the brain is sending to various parts of the body. This brain damage can cause a victim to: lose coordination in their movements, experience strange or uncontrolled bodily movements, lose their sense of taste, smell, touch, or sound, and this damage can even lead to the development of seizures immediately or over time.
Contact a Head Injury Lawyer Today
When it comes to getting compensation for the injustices you’ve suffered at the hands of another party, Heidari Law Group is here to help. Our team of traumatic brain injury attorneys has handled many personal injury cases across California and Nevada. If you’re looking for experienced help with your case, contact us today at 1-833-225-5454 or fill out the form on our contact us page.