A brain injury is always serious and could have permanent, debilitating consequences for the person who suffered that injury. Not all brain injuries are that bad, in some less severe cases, the person can make a recovery and go on to live a normal life. But in the worst-case scenarios, the effects of the brain injury could be permanent. In the truly catastrophic scenarios, the result of a brain injury could be coma or even death. There are many reasons why someone could suffer a catastrophic brain injury and one of the most unfortunate is by the negligent actions of someone else.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another, then you deserve to get compensation to take care of the expenses that result from that accident. At the Harrison Law Group, we have decades of experience helping clients with their personal injury cases, and that includes brain injuries. We know the challenges those clients face and we do all we can to make sure that they are well equipped to face those challenges. So contact us if you want to know how we can help anyone who has suffered a brain injury because of the negligent actions of another person.
What is a Brain Injury?
A brain injury is caused by an impact to the head or a foreign object that pierces the skull and penetrates the brain tissue. It is classified as an injury to the head that disrupts the neural activity of the brain. This can result in a loss of consciousness or a disruption to cognitive function. The results of a brain injury can be permanent or temporary depending on the severity of the injury.
Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are two types of brain injuries, traumatic and non-traumatic injuries, the differences are as follows.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
These are brain injuries that are the result of a blow to the head that results in a disruption of brain function. That means that not every blow to the head results in a traumatic brain injury. Also, the level of a TBI ranges from mild to severe; a concussion is an example of a mild TBI, though it can have serious consequences. A blow that causes a brain hemorrhage is a more serious TBI. Regardless of whether the TBI is mild or severe, the injured person must get medical treatment as soon as possible. The following are some of the more common causes of TBIs:
- Car accidents
- Sports accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Gunshot wounds
- Physical abuse
Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries
Also called acquired brain injuries, these types of brain injuries are not caused by a physical force to the head. Instead, they are caused by internal disruptions like a lack of oxygen or a brain tumor. Non-traumatic brain injuries affect the brain cells directly unlike TBIs. That means that it is possible for the effects of a non-traumatic brain injury to spread to different areas of the brain whereas the effects of a TBI are usually localized at the region where the impact took place. Some causes of non-traumatic brain injuries include the following:
- Drug abuse
- Infectious diseases like meningitis or encephalitis
- Electric shock
- Exposure to toxic substances
The Effects of a Brain Injury
The effects of a brain injury depend on the seriousness of the injury. A relatively mild brain injury, like a concussion, can cause dizziness, disorientation, temporary memory loss, and headaches. The effects can disappear in a few weeks but in some cases, the effects of even a minor brain injury can persist for months or even years. The consequences of a serious brain injury are far worse, and in many cases, irreversible. A serious brain injury can have negative effects on a person’s cognitive ability and could cause problems like the following:
- Memory problems – Namely problems with short term memory that makes it difficult for them to remember new information.
- Lower concentration span
- Aphasia and other language problems
- Problems processing information
- Impaired visual perception – This could be any number of problems from face blindness to trouble following directions to difficulty making out pictures and shapes.
A brain injury could also cause emotional and behavioral problems as well. This happens if the part of the brain responsible for controlling emotions and behavior was damaged. If it was, then it could lead to the following problems:
- Disinhibition – Otherwise known as acting out, in other words, the injured person may engage in behavior that is considered to be rude or tactless or they may react angrily to stimuli that don’t warrant that reaction. They may also behave in overtly sexualized ways at inappropriate times. Some people may eventually regain control of this kind of behavior but others may need outside help to keep them in check.
- Egocentric behavior
- Increased irritability, impatience, and hostility
- Personality changes
The cognitive and emotional effects of a brain injury can be extremely serious, but worst of all is when the injured person feels nothing at all. That happens when the injured person falls into a coma or a similar state of reduced awareness. It is possible to recover from a coma, but there could be long term effects like amnesia or changes in behavior.
The Harrison Law Group Will Help All of Our Brain Injury Clients
The effects of a brain injury are difficult to endure, both for the victim and those close to them. It can lead to behavioral changes, cognitive problems, and can even leave the victim in a coma. That is why it is extremely important that brain injury victims be able to get the compensation they need to cover their medical expenses.
Many brain injury victims will need to be rehabilitated. That can be expensive but at the Harrison Law Group, we will fight to make sure that our clients get a settlement amount that can cover all of their needs. So if you or someone close to you has suffered a brain injury that was caused by the negligence of someone else, get in touch with us and we will do everything that we can to help you.