Over the course of your life, you are more likely than not to suffer head trauma. Simply slipping and falling while walking down a flight of stairs is more likely than not to result in abrasions to the head. There are as many as two million head injuries reported across the United States of America alone in the course of a single year; knowing the difference between a minor head injury and a serious traumatic brain injury can mean the difference between life and death. If a person who has just suffered a head injury seems “blurry” or unable to focus for more than a few moments after being injured, if they experience pronounced dizziness, disorientation, or confusion, or if they seem to be functioning on a different level of consciousness than normal – such as a “daydreaming” state of semi-awareness – they need immediate medical attention.
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 responsible for their negligence and oversight. A traumatic brain injury is a terrifying ordeal, and one that nobody should have to face the consequences of alone. 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. A severe traumatic brain injury can result in a wrongful death, or in years of physical therapy, as well as a permanently diminished capacity for learning, speech, coordination, focus, movement, and virtually every other basic aspect of living which most of us tend to take for granted.
- Closed Head Injury: This is the result of a blunt-force trauma to the head; anything which involves damage to the scalp, skull, or brain in this fashion is considered a “head injury,” which includes most minor injuries (penetrative injuries are rarely minor). A closed head injury might be minor, but by the same token, a severe closed head injury can masquerade as a minor injury by not manifesting severe symptoms right away. It’s always best to seek medical attention in the event of a head injury, just to be safe.
- Penetrating Head Injury: A penetrating head injury is the result of a high-velocity object, such as a projectile or a piece of debris, penetrating the skull. Depending upon the location and depth of penetration, this can be instantly fatal. It is almost certain to be debilitating over the long term even if the victim survives, with some aspect of basic skills or abilities impeded in the future.
Our Eugene, OR legal team has years’ worth of experience in dealing with severe brain injuries, and with the prolonged recovery involved in moving on with one’s life. It isn’t just medical expenses and physical therapy that you have to worry about. The recovery from a traumatic brain injury is a slow and painful process that inevitably results in a loss of wages, and often results in a person being unable to continue to operate in their previous capacity in terms of maintaining full-time employment.
If you or someone you know has incurred a brain injury as a result of an avoidable accident, you need to contact a lawyer that specializes in brain injuries immediately. Our legal team is standing by, ready to put its experience and expertise to work towards achieving the full measure of compensation that you will need to complete your recovery… and to take control of your life once again.