Brain Injury Accident | Buena Park
There are many ways a brain injury accident can happen in an instant. Car accidents, pedestrian injuries and work related accidents can all be the cause of a short or long term brain injury. Regardless of what caused the brain injury, the consequences are often devastating, not only for the injured victim, but also for his or her family.
Even a slight brain injury accident can cause a lot of problems in the future if it's not treated fast and correctly. It is important to understand when a brain injury has occurred and to seek out immediate medical attention, even if you think you feel okay. If the injury or accident warrants an exam, make sure you immediately have one. There have been cases where people had direct trauma to the head (say, a skateboarding accident) and waited to seek treatment only to have bleeding or swelling of a serious nature.
Types of Brain Injuries
Many victims who suffer head injuries sustain a concussion. A brain contusion is when the brain is bruised and there is some bleeding in the brain. A skull fracture occurs when the cranium breaks. Some skull bones may have cut into the brain and caused bleeding. A hematoma is when bleeding in the brain collects and clots. This type of brain injury may only become evident days after the incident. More serious types of brain injuries are anoxic brain injuries, long term concussions, secondary brain syndrome and severe edema or bleeding. Many athletes see these types of brain injury accidents.
When to See a Medical Professional
Traumatic brain injuries often present symptoms, many of which can be extremely serious. Some of the common brain injury symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
- State of confusion or disorientation
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision or ringing of the ears
- Mood changes
- Feeling of depression or anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
The severity of the symptoms can be a sign of the seriousness of the trauma. For example, someone who has lost consciousness for an hour may have experienced more significant trauma than someone who was out for only a moment. That does not, however, mean that a serious injury has not occurred in both circumstances. In fact, some brain injury symptoms do not fully manifest for days. Regardless of the severity of the symptoms or the pain victims may experience, it is important that immediate medical attention and treatment are sought when a head injury accident occurs.
Cost of a Brain Injury Accident
Brain injuries can be extremely costly. Medical expenses alone can bankrupt a brain injury victim who does not have adequate medical coverage. Treatment-related expenses may include emergency room services, testing fees, hospitalization expenses, surgical procedures, medical devices and prescription drugs. Future medical losses may include physical therapy, occupational therapy and other rehabilitation expenses. Brain injury accident victims may struggle to return to work. Others may never again earn the same wages they once earned. Some victims require round-the-clock nursing care. The expenses after a traumatic brain injury may add up to millions of dollars over a person's lifetime. The cost of recovery and treatment should not be the burden of the victim.
How Can An Attorney Help?
Brain injury accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced brain injury lawyer who will help them throughout the claim process. A skilled personal injury lawyer can:
- Work with medical professionals to determine the true extent of the injuries suffered.
- Work with investigators to prove the cause of the accident and who should be held accountable for the incident.
- Protect the legal rights and best interests of the victim and the victim's family.
- Deal directly with any insurance companies involved on behalf of the victim.
- Take the at-fault party to court in order to secure fair compensation for the victim's losses.
- Ensure that all financial and nonfinancial losses are considered during the claim process.
The knowledgeable brain injury accident lawyers at our firm have a long and successful track record of helping brain injury victims and their families secure fair and full compensation for their significant losses. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid until you get compensated. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in Buena Park, please contact us for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation. Call 949-203-3814.