How a brain injury occurs? How to identify a brain injury? Medical professionals often overlook brain injuries resulting from car wrecks or fall and, therefore, can be hard to prove. The attorneys at Singleton Law Firm, LLC can provide experience as they are familiar with head injuries’ signs and symptoms due to motor vehicle collisions or slip and fall incidents.
Our expertise allows us to help provide those with a brain injury pursue just compensation following an accident. Many insurance companies may deny a brain injury’s seriousness to pay the victimless for their losses and damages. This can be prevented by an experienced attorney who understands head injuries.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Traumatic brain injury may affect a person’s cognitive abilities, including learning and thinking skills. It is classified as mild, moderate, or severe. That depends on the severity of symptoms and if there is unconsciousness.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms
Such injury may have a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional changes and effects. Whether some signs and symptoms may appear right after the injury event, others may appear a few days or weeks later. You can experience some of the following symptoms and changes:
- Vision problems
- Speech problems or swallowing
- Loss of balance
- Sleeping more than usual or difficulty sleeping
- Depression or anxious
- Frequently changes of mood or personality changes
- Difficulty focus, logical thinking, and concentration problems
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to another driver’s negligence or carelessness, compensation can be obtained for physical and financial damages. Singleton Law Firm, LLC will help establish the legal elements necessary to obtain just compensation.
Types of TBIs
There are two main types of traumatic brain injuries – closed head injury and penetrating brain injury. Closed head injury is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. It’s mostly known as nonpenetrating head trauma. This brain damage is caused by external shock caused by sudden strenuous exercise (except for skull fractures). Extreme shaking of the brain inside the skull can result in bruising and tearing brain tissue and blood vessels.
Penetrating or open head brain injury is when an object enters the skull and harms the brain. The item may be a knife, fork, bullet, to name a few. It may be caused because of a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, fall from extreme heights.
Duty of care and breach of duty
Duty of care refers to legal obligations citizens have to avoid injuring others. A driver has a legal responsibility to drive safely and without negligence on the road. An experienced head injury attorney can provide the evidence necessary to prove a breach of the duty of care by the negligent driver.
If a defendant is not acted carefully and reasonably, this defendant can be deemed negligent. If a driver were not to obey laws such as failing to stop at a stop sign, they have been in breach of their duty as a driver.
Causes for traumatic brain injury and non-traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries do not always include open head injuries or skull fractures. Even loss of consciousness may not occur. The damage depends on several factors – the nature of the causation, influence factors, or even age. With the help of MayoClinic, we listed the most common causes for TBIs:
- Falls – Falls from the bed, ladder, falls from stairs, falls in the bathroom, and other falls are the most common causes of overall brain injury, especially among adults and kids.
- Motor vehicle-related injuries – All collisions involving cars, motorcycles, bicycles, or buses — and pedestrians involved in such accidents — are a common cause of traumatic brain injury.
- Sports injuries – Brain traumas can be caused by a variety of sports, including soccer, football, boxing, soccer, baseball, hockey, skateboarding, hockey, and other influential and extreme sports. These are especially common among young people.
- Aggression or assault – Gunshot wounds, domestic violence, child abuse, and other attacks are common causes. “Shaken baby syndrome” is a trauma to a baby’s brain caused by severe shaking.
- Other – stroke, lack of oxygen, tumors, cancer, brain inflammation, and other infections.
Proving a breach of a legal duty is only one legal element necessary to establish a claim. Another element is causation—the connection between the negligent driver’s actions and the injury of those harmed. Singleton Law LLC has over 30 years of experience in proving the elements necessary to establish a claim or lawsuit.
Damages and risk factors
Proving damages in a head injury case can be complicated. These damages can be economical, medical, and emotional. The stress of a head injury does not reside only in physical pain but can create emotional trauma that an experienced attorney must prove.
Some people have the most risk of traumatic brain injury. These include:
- Newborns to 4-year-olds
- Adults aged 60+
- Males in any age group
What’s next? How can we help?
Contact Singleton Law LLC. to obtain assistance and care in proving the elements of a head injury. Someone from our team will take care of your brain injury case.