Brain Injury | Denver Colorado | Attorney Sommer Luther
Every year over 1.4 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury, according to recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control. This serious injury can occur after any major accident including automobile accidents, falls, assault and battery and even sporting accidents. Traumatic brain injuries, otherwise known as closed head injuries, can have devastating and lifelong consequences that can lead to brain damage, paralysis and even death. If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is any injury to the brain that leaves the skull intact. Another words, these injuries occur inside of the brain and are not caused by a skull fracture or skull compression. Because of this, these injuries are often difficult to diagnose and unfortunately, failure to diagnose a traumatic brain injury quickly can lead to lifelong disabilities.
Violent forces during an accident can cause the brain to be jarred around inside the skull. This excessive jarring can cause bleeding, swelling and inflammation. As the brain swells inside of the skull cavity, it compresses against the rigid skull walls and the oxygen to that particular section of the brain is cut off. The longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, the more severe the consequences will be.
At first victims may appear to be unharmed after an accident. Broken bones and cuts are treated quickly and then victims are often sent home to recover. Unfortunately, as the brain injury continues to worsen, symptoms will become more severe. If not recognized quickly, traumatic brain injuries can lead to irreparable brain damage and even death.
It is important to quickly recognize the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury in order to reduce lifelong disabilities and prevent loss of brain functioning.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
• Mood changes or personality changes (depression etc)
• Inability to properly express language or loss of language (Broca’s Aphasia)
• paralysis or partial paralysis
• Loss of Coordination or changes in walking, handwriting etc
• Severe headaches
• Sudden loss of vision or severe changes in vision
• Memory loss or confusion
• Difficulty swallowing, breathing or talking
• Stroke like symptoms
• Sleeping difficulties
• Severe nausea or vomiting
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident and has experienced a traumatic brain injury it is important to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and file any necessary lawsuits against the parties that are responsible for your injuries. Compensation will be needed to cover medical expenses associated with rehabilitation as well as loss of wages. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to years of medical problems, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. In addition, may victims may find themselves dealing with lifelong disabilities that can affect their ability to work, provide for their families and maintain a high quality of life.
If you or a loved one’s brain has been injured as a result of the negligence of another, please contact our Colorado brain injury attorneys immediately. Your first consultation is always FREE! Call (800) 435-0586.
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