Did a Preventable Accident in Boston Leave You With Brain Trauma?
Many injuries alter your life for a period of time, but after recovery, life is back to normal. That is rarely the case with brain injuries.
The brain is the command center for the entire physical body and our emotional and cognitive abilities. Trauma to the brain is likely to alter the physical capabilities and mental abilities of the victim forever. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we understand these types of injuries are emotionally draining for the victim and his or her family. We have insight into the cost of care required after a brain injury. And we are here to help our Bostonian clients sort out this new, uncertain future.
Types of Brain Injuries
Any injury to the head should be taken seriously – seek medical care immediately. A hit or violent shaking of the head can result in what appears to be a minor bump or bruise, but left untreated, the internal swelling could cause irreparable damage. Some dangers could include:
- Hematoma is a collection of blood or clotting of blood in the brain, which can create pressure inside the skull, resulting in loss of consciousness or permanent brain damage.
- Hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding in the brain, which can cause headaches and vomiting as well as other complications if left untreated.
- Concussion is when the brain strikes the inside of the skull, usually in response to an external force. The loss of function from a concussion is thought to be temporary, but repeated concussions can create chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – permanent and life-threatening cell damage. Many studies are currently underway to determine the long-term danger of multiple concussions.
- Edema is swelling in the brain and can be caused by any impact to the head. The swelling creates pressure inside the skull, which can cause further damage to the brain.
Surgery may be required to relieve the swelling and save the victim’s life.
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What Are Some Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a jolt or blow to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows to the head result in TBIs, but the damage from each blow can add up. Later, even a mild hit can cause a disturbance in the victim’s brain function.
Millions of people suffer TBIs every year in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied traumatic head injuries, their causes, and the results of these injuries. These studies found that:
- The majority of TBIs are caused by falls.
- People over the age of 75 are at the highest risk of suffering a TBI from a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of death for victims over the age of 65.
- 22% of TBIs are the result of being struck by an object or striking the head against an object.
- The third leading cause of TBIs is vehicle accidents.
If you suspect a traumatic brain injury, don’t wait – go get help! Signs of a TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Loss of hearing
- Numbness or tingling
- Trouble speaking, reading, or writing
- Chronic pain
The sooner you get medical treatment, the better the likely outcome. Sadly, brain damage can rarely be reversed, and the victim will usually suffer side effects for the rest of his or her life. That’s why it is so important to hold negligent drivers, property owners, and other people responsible when they cause a TBI.
We've offered crucial support and guidance to individuals who have suffered injuries, ensuring their financial and emotional well-being.
Filing a Claim for Compensation in Boston
If you or a loved one suffered head injury in a car accident, from a fall, or as the victim of an assault, there is a good possibility another person is at fault for your injuries – and you have a right to compensation. Our Boston personal injury attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., will assist you in preparing for that next step. Call (617) 870-0907 today to schedule a free consultation and begin the process of healing and moving forward from this difficult experience.