Mild to Life-Threatening Brain Injuries in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

  • By:David Bate

Personal Injury Lawyer

Regardless of whether a brain injury is mild or severe, anyone who recently suffered a blow to the head should get medical attention without hesitation. The symptoms associated with a brain injury can be obvious or not-so apparent, depending on how it happened and the severity of the damage. After a serious accident where another person was involved, an attorney suggests that the brain injury victim considers taking legal action for compensation. It can be quite costly to receive emergency care for a brain injury, including diagnostics and treatments once stabilized. Many victims may not realize they could be entitled to substantial financial restitution for what happened.

Determining the Gravity of the Brain Injury

A brain injury can range anywhere from mild, moderate, severe or life-threatening. The most common signs associated with a more mild brain injuries include problems with coordination, excessive sleep, nausea and vomiting, seizures, sensory issues, memory loss, painful headaches, and more. Those who have suffered a mild brain injury can recover with medical intervention and rest, where regaining a full quality of life is likely. Victims who suffered moderate to severe brain injuries may face a different ending, especially if medical care was not sought immediately. Here are signs that often mean a person has a serious brain injury:

  • Clear fluid draining from ears and nose
  • Dilated pupils in one or both eyes
  • Anxiety, depression, or otherwise intense mood swings
  • Profound confusion
  • Remaining unconscious for a period of time
  • Trouble understand the spoken word of others
  • Equilibrium is thrown off (trouble maintaining balance)

When meeting with an attorney, bring with you documents related to the medical care you received and how much you had to pay out of your own pocket. With this information, an attorney can estimate your potential monetary award in a civil personal injury lawsuit.

Why Prompt Medical Attention is Important

Some brain injury victims may be hesitant to call 911 or go to the emergency room, and prefer to see if the injury gets better on its own. This decision could prove devastating, as serious brain injuries may result in permanent disability or death if left untreated for too long. When it comes to the health of the brain, it is better to be safe rather than sorry later. Also, it may reflect poorly on your personal injury case if it took you days or weeks to go to the doctor. This may be seen as your injuries were not as serious as you so claim.

The Next Steps

Those considering filing a civil lawsuit for compensation for the brain injury, can meet with an attorney for guidance. If another person may have been at least partially responsible for your brain injury, we need to know about this right away. When building your case, it is crucial that we know all the details right from the start. If you are ready to seek justice, please call a brain injury lawyer Memphis, TN relies on right away to schedule your consultation.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC for their insight into personal injury claims and brain injuries.

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