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If you or someone you care about has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of another’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call or email today and schedule a free consultation with a brain injury attorney at Park Chenaur. Your case evaluation is free and the peace of mind will be worth it. There are no attorney fees or costs unless we obtain money damages for you.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Brain: It weighs a mere three pounds, but it is the most important organ in the body when it comes to behavior, personality, thinking, learning and remembering. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain and changes the way your brain normally works. TBI often occurs as the result of a motor vehicle collision, or auto accident.
You do not have to strike your head on an object and you do not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed for the injury to happen. It can result when the soft tissue of the brain is propelled against the hard bone of the skull. The ramifications of TBI can be quite devastating, can affect your ability to work and can impact daily living.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most common cause of death and disability among young people today. In our country alone nearly 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year. Approximately 270,000 of these will require hospitalization. In both more and less developed countries, motor vehicles are the major cause of deaths and disabilities, particularly in young people. Traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe.
TBI that is graded mild typically entails a concussion, associated with short-term memory loss or concentration problems, and there is usually full neurological recovery. In a severe TBI, the patient is often comatose, unable to open their eyes or follow verbal or visual commands. Recovery and prognosis from a severe TBI are much more guarded. The inability to recognize and treat TBI can result in a delay of treatment and can exacerbate the brain damage and increase the risk of death.
It is also important to remember that all of the neurological damage does not occur immediately, but evolves later over time. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, it is imperative that you be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. While the medical community may deem a concussion as “mild” TBI because concussions are usually not life-threatening, their effects should not be minimized. It is critical to get the proper attention and treatment to better recognize, respond and thereby recover from a TBI.
The warning signs and symptoms of a concussion or brain injury include the following:
- Problems thinking clearly
- Vision problems
- Mood changes
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Balance problems
- Memory deficit
- Problems concentrating
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in mouth
- Slurred speech
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, Park Chenaur can help. We can provide you with both aggressive advocacy and compassionate counsel. Contact Park Chenaur today so we can get to work for you as soon as possible. We offer a free consultation and can even come to you while you are recovering in the hospital.
What You Should Do After an Accident to Protect Yourself
There are steps to take after a car accident – if you are able – that can make it easier for your attorney to fight for your compensation. First is to call 911. Second is to seek medical treatment for your injuries – this is not the time to shake it off and press on. If you delay medical treatment, it can make your injuries worse and the insurance companies can blame you for damaging your own health!
While at the scene, if you are physically able, snap photos with your phone of the position of the cars and anything else important before the vehicles are moved. If the EMTs want to transport you to the hospital, let them. Acting against medical advice at any stage of this process can interfere with your chances of getting fair compensation. If there any witnesses, and you are able, get their contact information.