Legal Options if Suffered Brain Injury from Accident
Brain injuries are not all the same. Some are minor, often referred to as concussions. Others are so severe they change your personality or physical and mental capabilities forever. If you suffered a brain injury because of another’s negligence, our Ohio brain injury lawyers can help.
If you were in an accident caused by another person and you suffered a mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), then you should speak with the Ohio brain injury lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick. A TBI, no matter how mild, is a serious injury that can affect you for months or years down the road. You deserve to have an experienced attorney by your side who is capable of seeking the maximum compensation possible for your injury.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to learn more.
A concussion is the mildest degree of a traumatic brain injury. It can be caused by a direct blow to the head or a penetrating injury. Both open and closed wounds can lead to this type of trauma. While there may be a skull fracture, lacerations, and bleeding associated with the injury, these are not necessary to suffering a brain injury.
A mild traumatic brain injury is defined as losing consciousness for no more than 20 minutes and a rating of between 13 and 15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale, which is based on eye-opening response, verbal response, and motor response. The higher the rating, the better. The lower the rating, the more severe the brain injury.
Common signs of a concussion are headaches, memory loss, confusion, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, slurred speech, delayed responses, and fatigue. It is possible for you to experience a number of these symptoms for days, weeks, or months following the accident. You can also experience concentration issues, sensitivity to light and sound, sleep issues, and depression. These symptoms can make it difficult to return to school or work right away and may require additional medical care.
A moderate TBI is defined as losing consciousness from between 20 minutes to six hours and a rating of between nine and 12 on the Glasgow Coma Scale.
Moderate TBIs can result in myriad physical, mental, and emotional consequences. A moderate TBI will usually result in cognitive difficulties, which can include attention and concentration issues, memory difficulties, impulsiveness, and reduced executive functioning. There may be speech and language symptoms, including problems understanding spoken and written words, writing, and slurred speech. You might suffer from sensory difficulties like sensitivity, or lost or diminished hearing, taste, or smell. You may have physical pain, appetite changes, and suffer a sleep disorder. Social-emotional difficulties are common, including irritability and depression. You could also experience seizures following a TBI.
You can expect the symptoms of a moderate TBI to last weeks or months, and it is possible to have permanent changes from this injury.
A severe TBI is defined as a brain injury causing unconsciousness for more than six hours and a rating on the Glasgow Coma Scale of three to eight. This significant injury results in permanent brain damage, though the consequences depend on a variety of factors, including the injury, how quickly you sought treatment, and the therapies available to you. With a severe TBI, you can experience all of the same symptoms as a person with a moderate brain injury, though often to a greater extent. You are much more likely to live with a disability permanently or for a significant period of time after the accident.
TBIs Result in a Broad Range of Injuries
The brain is a complex organ responsible for all areas of your life. How an accident affects it can be difficult to see on scans, and it is impossible to predict how it will heal and change over time.
How you were injured, your symptoms and the long-term consequences of the accident will be unique to you. While one person who suffers from a moderate TBI may have a lot of physical symptoms, you may have suffered more cognitive deficits. While a severe TBI may have altered another person’s personality, your injury may have left your personality the same but affected your ability to think critically and perform executive functions.
A consequence of a TBI to one person may not have been a serious issue, yet that same consequence may alter your life drastically. For instance, sensitivity to sound would be inconvenient to anyone. However, if you are a music teacher, it could make it impossible to work.
This is why it is crucial to work with an attorney experienced in brain injuries. A skilled lawyer will understand that your TBI and how it has affected your life may not be readily apparent to a judge or jury. Your attorney will work with your physicians and medical experts to delve into the consequences of this injury on your life, including the effects on your functioning, ability to live independently, work, and interact with others.
Contact Our Ohio Brain Injury Lawyers for Help
All brain injuries are serious and will affect your life in many different ways. While you may be able to return to school or work a few weeks after a concussion, you could become permanently unable to work or take care of yourself after a severe TBI. Whatever the extent of your injury, the attorneys of KNR are ready to take on your case, calculate your damages, and seek the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. We understand the complexities of brain injuries and know how to work with medical professionals to prove the extent of your injuries and the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule an initial consultation and learn more.