Auburn Brain Injury Lawyer
Like many other medical problems, there are multiple types of brain injuries that someone can be diagnosed with. Some are more severe than others and even a single type of brain injury can range in severity. The most common types of brain injuries include:
- Concussion: First, a concussion is a general term given to a wide spectrum of brain injuries. It generally refers to a nondescript brain injury that could potentially cause a loss of consciousness or temporary impairment of mental functioning. This injury has gained a significant amount of attention due to its prominence in sports, such as football. It can also develop after a car accident if someone smashes their head on the dashboard or window. A concussion can range in severity from a simple headache to loss of consciousness with memory impairment. Repeated concussions can have long-term effects on mental health, including the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
- Contusion: Second, a contusion is generally thought of as worse than a concussion. Similar to contusions in other areas of the body, a brain contusion is the development of a bruise on the brain tissue itself. This bruise may be visible on an MRI scan. Depending on the size of the contusion and the location in the brain, a contusion can have significant impacts on mental functioning. Symptoms may range from a headache to memory loss or difficulty with executive functioning. This means patients may have trouble processing tasks requiring multiple steps. A cerebral contusion can develop from any blunt force trauma to the head, such as seen in car and motorcycle accidents.
- Intracranial Hemorrhage: This term is used to describe bleeding in the brain tissue itself. There are multiple arteries and veins that supply blood to the brain tissue, including the Circle of Willis. A severe impact, such as that of a motorcycle accident, can lead to tearing of some of these vessels. This will show up as the buildup of fluid in the brain on a CT scan. Loss of blood flow can lead to devastating consequences. Rapidly rotating forces, such as those of shaken-baby syndrome, can lead to an intracranial hemorrhage.
- Hematoma: Next, a hematoma in the brain is the buildup of blood in a specific space in the skull cavity. There are multiple types of hematomas that could develop from trauma to the brain. These include an epidural hematoma and a subdural hematoma. As blood fills these cavities, the brain tissue can shift in space. This could lead to potentially life-threatening consequences that require emergent treatment by medical staff. An epidural hematoma can develop from a physical assault to the side of a head involving blunt force trauma.
- Herniation: Finally, this is a severe type of brain injury that often leads to death. A herniation often develops as a complication of one of the injuries above. Broadly defined, a cerebral herniation is a shift in tissues of the brain across or through a space. This kind of shift can compress structures of the brain, rendering them incapable of functioning. For example, as fluid builds up from a hematoma, often complicated by bone fractures, the fluid pocket will start to crowd out the rest of the brain tissue. Over time, the increase in pressure could force tissues in the brain out of the back of the skull. This type of herniation can stop a patient’s breathing, leading to death.
The video below provides an overview of how traumatic brain injuries are treated.Why Hire an Auburn Brain Injury Lawyer?
Once patients suffering a traumatic brain injury seek appropriate medical care, they may wonder whether or not they should hire an attorney. There are many reasons why a patient would want to contact an Auburn brain injury lawyer, including:
- Damages: Brain injuries can lead to extensive damages. Insurance companies may hesitate to offer a patient the full value of the claim if an experienced lawyer is not involved.
- Experience: An attorney has the experience necessary to maximize a patient’s potential success. This includes both in the courtroom and with insurance companies.
- No Risk: The overwhelming majority of brain injury attorneys in Auburn (and the surrounding area) provide consultations for free. In addition, they also work on a contingency fee basis. This means they get paid after the successful outcome of your injury case.
- You Heal While Your Attorney Works: The person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury can focus on their recovery while your Auburn brain injury lawyer handles the day to day aspects of your personal injury claim and/or lawsuit. Your lawyer will take the time to get to know you and your family well. In this way, your lawyer will be in a better position to explain to the insurance company or jury how your injuries have impacted your life and the lives of your family members. The attorney will help recover maximum compensation for your loss and future losses.
I’m Ed Smith, a brain injury lawyer in Auburn. There are many different types of brain injuries that a patient can develop after a traumatic accident. If you or a loved one developed a traumatic brain injury after an accident, please call me today at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly and no-obligation advice.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 9.18.20]
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