One of the single most incapacitating forms of catastrophic injury that someone could possibly endure is an injury to their brain. Recovering fully from a brain injury, if at all possible, could take months or even years. It is also one of the most costly forms of bodily injury. If you have endured any kind of injury to your brain here in Mississippi, we strongly urge you to meet with a brain injury attorney who recognizes all of the difficulties that you are going through and what is in store for you down the road. The attorney needs to be familiar with the complexities of bringing a successful legal claim against the at-fault party. Having an experienced and reputable brain injury attorney fighting for your rights will make a world of difference in your case and give you a much better chance at a favorable outcome.
The legal team at the Germany Law Firm, PLLC, is ready to advocate for those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and are ready to move forward with their legal claim. At Germany Law Firm, PLLC, we have attorneys that lead the way in helping their clients receive the financial compensation and other resources that they require to be able to heal as completely as possible from the life-altering consequences of these terrible injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur any time the brain sustains an injury as the result of an external force affecting neurological or psychological health. Certain kinds of brain injury may also include penetration; an example of this would be a gunshot wound to the head. However, other forms of traumatic brain injuries are categorized as “closed head,” such as a concussion. The consequences of a brain injury can vary greatly from a minor concussion to a coma or, oftentimes, even death. The severity of a brain injury is not always immediately apparent. That is why it is imperative for victims to be fully checked over by a doctor following an event where head trauma may have occurred. Several neurological specialists might have to be met with, depending on the seriousness of the injury.
According to current research and statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are falls (36%), auto accidents (18%), and being hit by some kind of object (17%). On top of that, gunshots are becoming a more frequent cause of traumatic brain injuries and are thought to account for approximately 13% of all recorded brain injuries.
There are two distinct kinds of brain trauma from which a victim can suffer. The first kind of trauma is what is referred to as a “closed head injury.” This happens when the skull has not been penetrated and the brain matter is intact. This trauma is normally the outcome of some form of blunt force trauma. The brain has aggressively moved either forwards, or side-to-side within the skull, and this motion has caused some degree of bruising and/or bleeding to the brain. This unnatural action is also capable of bursting blood vessels and damaging your nerve cells. The second form of traumatic brain injury is an “open head injury,” which happens when your skull and additional internal protective layers have been penetrated, exposing your brain to the open air. This kind of injury is usually more contained since the injury is generally only inflicted on a singular area of the brain.
A traumatic brain injury disrupts the proper workings of the brain itself and also causes the neurotransmitters and neurons to be out of equilibrium. This imbalance can alter the way someone’s body works, as well as drastically change their habits, their actions, and their way of thinking. These chemical irregularities might take a few weeks or even several months to repair if they ever revert to normal at all.
The human brain is capable of changing and adapting to different situations, but this adaptation will take time. Constructing a brand new neural pathway is a gradual process, which is one of the primary reasons that the victim’s treatment and rehabilitation have to last for months and even years after a traumatic brain injury has been sustained. The symptoms of traumatic brain injuries fluctuate from one person to another, but there are a few indications that are observed fairly routinely. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control in the Traumatic Brain Injury Report, this gruesome injury contributes to approximately 30% of all injury-related fatalities. An overwhelming number of traumatic brain injuries are seen in MRI scans of the elderly, as well as the very young, largely as the outcome of falling down. One of the additional risk factors or reasons for brain-related injuries involves automobile accidents, which make up the largest cause of traumatic brain injuries in those between the ages of 15 and 44. Physical assaults make up the second-largest cause, accounting for roughly 10% of all traumatic brain injuries. In addition to this, men are three-and-a-half times more likely than women to endure a traumatic brain injury.
One of the most significant issues when it comes to managing mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury plights is in the actual diagnosis. This kind of injury usually evades discovery, even on the hospital’s top-of-the-line, brand new brain imaging devices. This is particularly accurate in hospital emergency room circumstances because the physician is basically only addressing the patient’s obvious symptoms, those which are clearly front and center, and not thinking at all about long-term medical care or taking the incident as a whole into account. The missed diagnosis leads to a delay in treatment and that delay brings about additional difficulties that could very well make recovering from your brain injury even more challenging than it already was. See our locations also in Jackson and Southaven.
Due to the hidden nature of this injury, victims who are suffering from traumatic brain trauma almost never get timely medical assistance for their mental and physical devastation. In a comprehensive analysis of current traumatic brain injury cases, it is frighteningly common to discover that the brain injury victim’s initial medical charts are entire without any word of “head injury” or “cognitive impairment.”
Those doing the preliminary admittance and examinations are far more interested in stabilizing the injured party and addressing the immediate problems that are immediately visible. It is only after things have calmed down and the patient is stable that a physician might thoroughly assess and diagnose the real source of the injury and finally begin the treatments and procedures that are required for a traumatic brain injury.
As of today, traumatic brain injuries are viewed as an epidemic in the United States. Roughly five million individuals are living with a wide range of handicaps as the aftermath of enduring this kind of injury. Early discovery is the primary factor in the successful treatment of brain injuries and a patient’s medical charts are a vital instrument in deciding if a traumatic brain injury is suspected or diagnosed.
As you concentrate on recovering from your injury, or as you concentrate on the rehabilitation of a friend or family member, our attorneys will be able to pick through all of your relevant medical charts to help narrow down exactly what caused your brain injury. They will also be able to help determine whether or not your medical specialists responded to the situation in an appropriate and timely manner resulting in a prompt diagnosis of your current state of health.
A traumatic injury to the brain could very possibly bring about lasting impacts on the victim’s physical and mental wellbeing, mental capacity, character, temperament, ability to perform work, and overall lifestyle.
In addition to all of this, these sorts of injuries, more often than not, demand extended medical attention and recovery for a long time after the initial injury. It is because of these reasons and many more that sound legal counsel from a skilled and reputable attorney who specializes in traumatic brain injuries should be sought as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed.
The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC, in Mississippi are here to help victims by assessing their claims and informing them of their legal options. We make it our mission to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you need for hospital bills, lost wages due to missed work, and pain and suffering. Compensation that the law says you are entitled to collect for your injuries. If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to the malicious, reckless, or negligent acts of another person, then please reach out to our Mississippi office to schedule a free consultation regarding your case with one of our traumatic brain injury attorneys today. We are standing by, so please call us at 601-401-6884.