Over the course of your life, you are more likely than not to suffer some form of head trauma. There are as many as two million head injuries reported across the United States of America alone in the course of a single year. Most of these injuries are minor; all joking aside, a thick skull has saved a lot of lives.
That said, in some cases, a traumatic brain injury can result from a particularly severe accident. Knowing what to do in such an instance can mean the difference between life and death for the victim; if a person who has suffered a head injury evidences unusual bleeding, altered consciousness, slurred speech, blurred vision, or difficulty with coordination, they may need immediate medical attention. It’s best to get them to a hospital as quickly as possible.
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If you have suffered from a brain injury, you are at your most vulnerable. There are few types of injury as debilitating, or as terrifying, and a brain injury can mean years of recovery – as well as permanently diminished capabilities. If you or someone you know has suffered a debilitating brain injury, you need to seek legal counsel immediately, in order that those responsible for the incident may be held to their responsibilities in terms of providing restitution. It’s not your fault; there is no reason that the full brunt of medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other quantifiable concerns need to fall upon your shoulders, in addition to the burden of recovery in and of itself.
- Closed Head Injury: A blunt-force trauma resulting in injury to the scalp, skull or brain, without any penetration. These occur frequently in vehicle accidents, slips and falls, and workplace accidents. Less severe head injuries are usually closed, although the nature of a severe closed head injury also makes it harder to diagnose.
- Penetrating Head Injury: A high-velocity object, such as a projectile or a piece of debris, penetrates the skull. This can be instantly fatal, and is almost certain to be debilitating over the long term even if the victim survives. While less common than closed head injuries, a penetrating head injury can result from a fall, from an impalement in the event of a collision between vehicles, or from a fall onto a sharp or protruding object.
Our Bend, OR legal team has years’ worth of experience in dealing with severe head injuries, and with the prolonged recovery involved in moving on with one’s life. We understand that there is more involved than simple medical expenses; head injuries incur a great deal of pain and suffering, as well as lost wages; a person who is recovering from a severe head injury cannot be expected to work through the duration, and is likely to find themselves permanently disabled to some capacity for the remainder of their lives.
If you or someone you know has incurred a brain injury as a result of an avoidable accident for which you are not at fault, you should contact our law offices in Bend, OR immediately. Our experienced legal team is standing by, ready to fight for the compensation that you will need to complete your recovery – and to get your life back on track.
Here are some common signs and symptoms of TBI.