According to the Centers for Disease Control, head injuries led to nearly 50,000 deaths, and almost 2.8 million emergency room visits in 2013. Head injuries can result in brain damage, which translates to trouble with memory, thinking, attention, concentration, speaking, and mood changes. Head injuries have the power affect every aspect of life, and yet it doesn’t always have to be that way.
What’s the worst thing you can do as a potential victim of head injury? Ignore it! Unfortunately, that is also the most common mistake that brain and head injury victims make! Why is this so dangerous? Brain injuries sometimes take a few days to manifest and time is of the essence when protecting yourself against further physical harm.
How Do Head Injuries Typically Happen?
The CDC reports that head injuries happen most commonly during falls, and the second leading cause of head injuries is being struck against an object. According to the CDC, car accidents are the third largest cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among all age groups, Car accidents are also the most common form of personal injury cases, so it’s no surprise that often victims suffer a TBI due to someone else’s negligence. Getting help right away not only increases your recovery chances, but is also important when claiming compensation for a personal injury case!
What Constitutes as a Head Injury in Personal Injury Cases?
According to BrainLine, traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage or destruction of brain tissue due to a blow to the head, resulting from an assault, a car crash, a gunshot wound, a fall, or the like. It’s important to know the symptoms of head injuries and pay attention to them! Most serious head injuries are diagnosed in the hospital shortly after an accident, but some symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury may take days or weeks to appear. It’s important to always seek medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you don’t feel like you’ve been injured.
A Common, but Devastating Mistake
If you’ve been in an accident, it’s always advisable to have your head checked for injuries. If you have even the slightest inclination that you might have a head, neck, or brain injury, it’s important to get a medical opinion right away and report it to a reliable personal injury attorney. Ignoring or dismissing the issue can put you at serious risk of physical harm or long term injury. And it can also hurt your chances of being properly compensated for your injury and the necessary medical care and expenses. Because head injuries can require months, years, or even a lifetime of long-term care, medical costs and lost wages can pile up. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you are protected with specific rights under the law.
A Reliable Solution
A head injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can sustain, and it’s a personal injury case we will take just as seriously! The Law Office of Brian K. Branch can evaluate the circumstances of your accident, identify stakeholders, speak to insurance adjusters, and fight to help you get the maximum possible compensation permitted under the law. Don’t take the risk of waiting to get help! Call us at 505.207.4401