Many types of accidents can result in traumatic head and/or brain injuries, from car accidents to physical assaults. The head and brain are vulnerable parts of the body in any kind of accident. The skull is made up of thin bones that house the brain, all easily damaged in a sports accident, slip and fall, bicycle crash, and other incidents. Head and brain injuries range in severity and symptoms depending on the accident. Many doctors believe there is no such thing as a “minor” brain injury. They all have the potential to cause physical, emotional, and mental devastation.
Seek the help of our experienced brain injury attorneys at Heenan & Cook, PLLC if you or a loved one has suffered a head or brain injury in Montana.
Types of Accident-Related Head and Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) leads to more than one million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths every year in the U.S. A TBI results from a jolt, blow, or bump to the head that disrupts the brain’s normal function. A penetration injury, such as a gunshot or knife during an assault, can also result in TBI. Not all blows to the head result in TBI – many simply injure the skull.
There are several different types of head and brain injuries:
- Closed head injury. A closed head injury is one that does not break open the skull but still damages the head and brain. Common closed head injuries include concussions and edema, described below.
- Open head injury. An open head injury is one that penetrates the bones of the skull and often the brain as well. Open head injuries can occur in auto accidents, when objects drop from above, and in physical assaults.
- Concussions are the most common type of head injury; it’s when the brain bounces against the walls of the skull. Minor concussions cause dizziness and nausea, while severe concussions can cause seizures, coma, and death. Many people do not realize they have a concussion right away, as symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks after the accident. This is why it’s important to always seek medical attention after an accident, even if you do not feel injured.
- Edema, or swelling in the brain, can occur when something jolts the brain around inside of the skull. The skull does not allow room for the brain to swell, leading to a dangerous buildup of pressure in the brain. Edema is extremely serious and can often cause brain damage.
Traumatic head and brain injuries can result in permanent disability, changing the victim’s life forever. A person with a traumatic brain injury may never be able to return to the job he or she had before the accident or live by him or herself. TBIs often result in lifelong medical costs, rehabilitation, and therapies. Even “minor” head and brain injuries can cause memory loss, trouble sleeping, changes in behavior, cognitive difficulties, and loss of motor function.
Why Seek Help from a Brain Injury Attorney?
A personal injury lawsuit may be able to help head and brain injury victims recover major expenses throughout their lifetimes, such as making up for lost capacity to earn and lost wages and benefits. Damage recovery can pay the costs of live-in help or home and vehicle modifications to accommodate a disability and medical devices such as wheelchairs. It can also pay for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost quality of life.
Esteemed Head & Brain Injury Attorneys
The lawyers at Heenan & Cook, PLLC, dedicate their professional lives to helping accident victims with catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain damage. We want to be a source of comfort and strong legal counsel in your time of need. Contact us our brain injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation.