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Brain injuries can happen after many different kinds of accidents and are surprisingly common occurrences in the United States. According to the CDC, and estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries every year, leading to 52,000 deaths, 275,000 hospitalizations, and almost 1.5 million emergency department visits.
A brain injury, however, can take on many different forms. Whether you have received a “mild” brain injury from a slip and fall accident, or severe damage from a car crash, brain injuries can lead to lifelong cognitive damage, reduced motor skills, and may permanently affect your ability to work. Moreover, the outward signs of brain injuries are not always apparent, making them difficult to identify. Always be sure to consult with a physician after suffering a blow or impact to the head to ensure that no damage has been done.
There are several types of brain injuries, ranging from mild to severe:
Brain injuries can be caused by a number of reasons, but often times they are due to either accidents or the negligence of another. Some of the most common causes include:
Symptoms of brain injuries can manifest immediately or accumulate over time. Some common symptoms include:
These symptoms often start out mild and increase in severity as time goes on. It’s important to note, however, there is a statute of limitations in California. Personal injury cases must be filed within two years of the discovery of the injury. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that you seek immediate treatment after a brain injury and not let symptoms develop over time.
When it comes to most brain injuries, the importance of rest cannot be overstated. Not only does healing take time, but ignoring symptoms and trying to tough through the injury can only make matters worse. Some other recommendations to help you heal include avoiding rigorous exercise, not consuming alcohol, and staying away from activities that involve high concentration.
The Glasgow Coma Scale was developed to be a universal rating system for the severity of brain injuries and the level of consciousness for a brain injury patient. Essentially, it is used to determine the severity of a brain injury. Your score is determined by motor, verbal, and your eyes’ reactions to stimuli. A score of 3-8 means severe brain injury, a score of 9-12 means moderate brain injury and a score of 13-15 means mild brain injury. Other scales exist, such as the Coma/Near Coma Scale (CNC) and the Coma Recovery Scale – Revised (CRS-R), but this a reliable and effective way of determining the extent of damage following an accident.
If your attorney believes you have a case, he or she will help you to collect the necessary information to file a claim. You will want to collect medical records, police reports, financial information, witness statements, and other documents to prove that:
At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo we have over 30 years of experience and an excellent track record when it comes to brain injury cases. A brain injury can permanently affect your quality of life and your ability to work, but our job is to obtain the compensation you need to make your life financially whole again. Contact us today for a free consultation.