One of the most unfortunate aspects of accidents is that they can change your life in an instant, especially if you’ve suffered a serious, long-lasting injury. One of the most common injuries that people can suffer from in an accident is a brain injury. Even a seemingly minor jolt to the head is enough to damage your brain and impact the rest of your life. Brain injuries appear in various ways and take a number of forms. Whether you’ve experienced a brain injury immediately following your accident or it’s appeared months later, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation for your pain and suffering. At Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, our Mesa brain injury attorneys have helped countless clients recover damages for their injuries and prepared them for better futures. We’ve helped clients injured in car accidents, slip and falls, bus accidents, and more, and are able to give you the personalized attention you deserve during a dark time. Allow us to demystify the complicated legal system by giving us a call today.
If you’re suffering from serious injuries, you deserve to be represented by a firm that isn’t afraid to fight for your rights to compensation. Our attorneys look forward to meeting with you in a free consultation today – call (480) 999-9181 or contact us online.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
While some injuries, like whiplash, cuts, and abrasions, are temporary and allow victims to recover and go back to work in a matter of days or weeks, catastrophic injuries can put people out of work entirely. A catastrophic injury is an injury so severe that it leaves victims with permanent damage. Catastrophic injuries can cause victims to lose a vital part of themselves, whether it’s a physical limb or the ability to walk.
Brain injuries fall under the category of catastrophic injuries in that they can impact a person’s cognitive abilities and are usually among the most expensive to treat, both financially and emotionally. Catastrophic injuries can result from any kind of accident, though they’re a common consequence of car accidents. Car accidents involving speeding or heavier vehicles like trucks are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries such as brain damage.
Types of Brain Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.8 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year, and TBIs comprise a third of all injury-related deaths. Most brain injuries can be categorized as open head injuries, which occur when the skull is penetrated or broken, or closed head injuries, which are caused by an impact to the head but doesn’t involve penetration.
Common types of brain injuries include:
- Anoxic brain injuries, which is a type of TBI that causes brain cells to die from a lack of oxygen
- Skull fractures, which are breaks or cracks in the skull bone that can result in neurological and cranial defects
- Contusions, which occur in 20-30% of serious head injuries and involve bruising to the brain
- Concussions, one of the most common head injuries that leads to a temporary loss of brain function
- Hematomas, which develop when blood gathers on the surface of the brain
Symptoms of Brain Injuries to Be Aware Of
What can make TBI cases so challenging is that injuries may not be obvious right away after an accident. A person may not have immediate symptoms of a brain injury and assume they don’t need medical treatment. This is why it’s important to recognize the signs of a brain injury, especially if you experienced a blow or jolt to your head in your accident.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have a TBI and should seek medical treatment as soon as possible:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- Confusion or disorientation
- Trouble concentrating
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unusual tiredness
What Damages Can I Recover?
Individuals with serious brain injuries may be unable to do things like form coherent thoughts, communicate, and perform basic daily functions, all of which force them to change how they live their lives. Some people who can no longer perform their work tasks must quit their jobs or change careers, and many require at-home medical care.
Our attorneys take these expenses into consideration when calculating how much you deserve in compensation. Brain injuries can be expensive because they include not just emergency costs like hospital stays and surgeries, but long-term costs too, such as physical therapy.
We’ve recovered millions for clients in damages that have included the following:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages and lost income
- Pain and suffering
- At-home nursing care
We can handle the details of your case while you focus all your attention on getting better. You can trust our caring attorneys to achieve the most optimal outcome out of a horrific situation.
Call our Mesa brain injury attorneys at (480) 999-9181 to meet with a firm that is known throughout the state for always putting their clients’ needs first. We offer our trusted services in English and Spanish.
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