According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, approximately one and a half million people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. More than 50,000 of these victims are fatally injured, leaving behind unanswered questions, unpaid bills and anguished loved ones. All traumatic brain injuries are head injuries, however a head injury is not necessarily a brain injury. There are two types of brain injury: traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries occur when an external force traumatically injures the brain. Traumatic brain injury can be classified based on severity, mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury), or other features. Acquired brain injuries occur at the cellular level. It is most often associated with pressure on the brain. This can come from a tumor or results from neurological illness, such as a stroke. Head injury is a broader category because it can involve damage to structures other than the brain, such as the scalp and skull. Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Traumatic brain injury cases require the extraordinary knowledge and skill that only a few very seasoned attorneys can provide.
There are many different causes to a brain injury. The most common is a person falling, and this is especially serious for older adults. The second most common is vehicle or motorcycle crashes wherein, you are able to reduce your risk by keeping your vehicle in a good repair, following the rules of the road and making sure to buckle up your seat belt. Another common brain injury is from a sports injury, and again, you can protect yourself by wearing a helmet to protect your head. Other causes include indirect forces that jolt the brain violently within the skull, such as shock waves from an explosion or bullet wounds or other injuries that penetrate the skull and brain. A brain injury affects not only the physical abilities but also, in may cases, the cognitive functioning and personality of the victim.
There are other types of brain injuries that may need legal guidance from the attorneys at Falanga and Chalker including infections, tumors, strokes and other forms of oxygen deprivation, metabolic disorders, and deceleration injuries from getting hit at a high rate of speed. Our dedicated attorneys at Falanga and Chalker will address every one of your concerns with professionalism and integrity, educating you as we work toward obtaining the compensation that justice requires.
Brain injuries often go undiagnosed at first as emergency services focus and treat the obvious injuries such as bleeding and broken bones. There are ways to diagnosis and discover a brain injury. The services of a medical professional, such as a neuropsychologist or a neuropsychiatrist can administer a comprehensive test to determine what amount, if any, brain injury has occurred.
You should call emergency services if you or someone you love experiences an impact to the head and develops any symptoms of traumatic brain injury, seek medical advice even if symptoms seem mild. Even after a visit to check for a head injury, you should immediately return to the emergency facility if you begin to get dizzy and/or begin to vomit.
The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker help brain trauma victims and their families receive fair and just compensation for these types of catastrophic injuries.