Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of injury-related deaths in the United States. Approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths each year can be contributed to traumatic brain injuries. Millions of people are hospitalized each year due to brain injuries. In some cases, brain injuries cause severe disabilities that require ongoing long-term medical care and personal care. Two of the leading causes of TBI are falls and motor vehicle accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in an accident, call our Indianapolis personal injury lawyer for a free case evaluation. Your health should be your top priority following an injury. Seek medical attention first and then contact our office at your earliest convenience to speak with an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer. You only have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit for a brain injury. Do not wait too long to contact our law firm for help.
Types of Brain Injury Cases
Brain injuries can range from mild to severe (traumatic brain injury or TBI); however, even a mild brain injury can result in permanent disabilities. All brain injuries should be treated as if they are severe and require emergency medical intervention.
Closed Head Injury
A closed head injury is one of the most common types of brain injury and it is one of the most difficult types of brain injury to diagnose due to the lack of obvious trauma. A closed head injury occurs when the head strikes a solid object such as the ground in a fall or the steering wheel in a car accident. The brain moves violently within the skull crashing against the hard skull causing damage to the brain tissue.
Symptoms of a closed head injury can be present immediately after an accident or symptoms can develop several hours or days after the injury. Therefore, some accident victims do not associate the symptoms with the injury. If you are in any accident, it is in your best interest to be checked by a physician, especially if you experience any of the symptoms of a brain injury.
Penetrating Brain Injury
A penetrating brain injury occurs when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain tissue. The damage is typically isolated to the area where the penetration occurred; however, the damage can be quite severe depending on the area and the depth of the penetration. The main symptom of a penetrating brain injury is the actual penetration of the skull by an object. Other symptoms of a penetrating brain injury depend on the area of the brain damaged; however, symptoms can be the same as with a closed head injury.
A concussion is defined as a state of temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head. The blow to the head could result from any accident that shakes or jars the head inside of the brain. A concussion is a form of a closed head injury. It is important to understand that you do not need to pass out to have a concussion. You can have a concussion without the loss of consciousness.
Contact Our Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers For Help
A brain injury of any type should not be ignored. Head injuries can result in life-altering, permanent disabilities. If you have been injured in an accident, you need an attorney who will protect your legal rights.