You Will Need Compensation After a Brain Injury
More than 1.4 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year, with more than 50,000 dying as a result. Brain injuries frequently occur during an accident in which there is a traumatic blow or jolt to the head or body. Medical malpractice can also cause brain injuries.
Head injuries can be classified as closed or penetrating. In a closed head injury, the head may strike against an object such as when hitting a windshield in a car accident. It can also occur without a direct blow to the head, such as when a person experiences whiplash. In a penetrating head injury, an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain.
Brain injuries can have far-reaching repercussions on many facets of a victim's life. Some of the potential symptoms include chronic pain, paralysis, seizures, speech impairment and emotional disorders.
"Brain injuries can permanently change the lives of victims and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of another party's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses." · Attorney Peyton Murphy · Contact Murphy Law Firm
Types of Head and Brain Injuries
- Concussions are brain injuries that may result in bad headaches or unconsciousness. Concussions can occur in car accidents or during sports activities.
- Skull fractures must be treated promptly to prevent possible brain damage. These can have no obvious signs of damage, but can present with clear fluid draining from the nose/ears, bruising around the eyes or behind the ears, and swelling/depression of part of the head.
- Post-Concussion Syndrome is a symptom of a head injury that can last six to 12 months after the trauma and may include memory loss, headaches and dizziness.
- Coma is an extended period of unconsciousness in which a person cannot be aroused. It is usually caused by a severe head injury.
- Intracranial Hemorrhage is bleeding inside the skull that may accompany a head injury. A blood clot may form if a blood vessel between the skull and brain ruptures and puts pressure on the brain. There are three types of intracranial hemorrhages:
- Epidural Hematoma is a collection of blood between the skull and the covering of the brain called the dura.
- Subdural Hematoma is a collection of blood between the dura and the brain.
- Intracerebral Hemorrhage occurs when the bleeding is deeper inside the brain.
Malpractice and Brain Injuries
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional fails, intentionally or not, to provide an appropriate standard level of care. Types of medical malpractice that can result in a brain injury may include but are not limited to:
- Surgical accident
- Anesthesia error
- Birth injury
- Interrupting blood flow/oxygen to the brain
- Misdiagnosing, or failing to diagnose a condition
Head trauma, brain tumors, aneurysms and other brain-related conditions can lead to severe brain injury or death if left untreated.
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