A brain injury is one of the most serious — and possibly fatal— medical incidents that a person can experience. In the United States, brain injuries result in more than 50,000 deaths each year. Beyond death, brain injuries can lead to a lifetime of symptoms and issues, requiring ongoing care and treatment. That is why it is so important that you seek experienced counsel if you have suffered a brain injury. At E. Ray Critchett, LLC, we understand how devastating a brain injury can be — and we fight to ensure that our clients are compensated for their losses.
Causes and Complications of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries occur when a person experiences a sudden blow to the head. A brain injury can happen in any number of ways, from a car accident, a fall, a bike accident or even due to medical malpractice. In any situation where a person’s head strikes a solid object, a brain injury could occur. Brain injuries may also arise from a lack of oxygen, such as during the delivery of a baby. Medical malpractice victims may suffer from brain injury if they are not treated quickly enough for blood loss, concussion, or hemorrhage of the brain.
Whatever the cause of a traumatic brain injury, it is clear that it can have significant effects on the quality of a person’s life. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to permanent disability and mild or severe impairments in a person’s mental and physical functions. It can be hard to detect or diagnose, with symptoms often not appearing for weeks or months after an accident.
There are two primary types of traumatic brain injury, classified by the severity of the injury. Mild TBI is harder to detect because patient often does not experience symptoms immediately after an accident.
These symptoms may include:
- Changes in sight, smell, sound, taste, or touch
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating