Fresno Brain Injury Lawyer
There has been a significant push in medical research to generate new and improved diagnostic and treatment modalities to help improve patient outcomes when it comes to traumatic brain injuries.How do Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen?
One of the first questions that many people ask after being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury is how the injury happened. There are several different mechanisms that could cause a brain injury, including:
- Athletics: Most people who watch TV regularly have seen a significant amount of discussion surrounding the injuries that not only professional athletes but also children suffer while playing sports. Soccer, football, and lacrosse have been common targets of media attention.
- Vehicular Accidents: When someone first rides in a car, they are probably told to wear a seatbelt. This is because the seatbelt can help restrain the driver if the vehicle stops short, such as being involved in an auto accident. If someone's head collides with the window or dashboard of the car, they can sustain a traumatic brain injury.
- Slip and Fall Injuries: Even if someone is merely walking down the hallway at work, they could slip, fall, and smash their head on the floor. This can lead to serious brain damage and is why people should always heed the warnings of a wet floor sign.
These are only a handful of the myriad of ways that someone could hurt their head. In order to guide the treatment of these injuries, brain injuries are also classified according to their mechanism and symptoms.How are Brain Injuries Classified?
There are several different ways that brain injuries are classified. These include:
- Open vs. Closed: Brain injuries can be classified according to whether or not they are open or closed. An open head injury may also be called a penetrating injury and occurs when the trauma has broken through the skin on the head. A closed injury is typically due to blunt force trauma. The impact can still damage the brain tissue underneath; however, there may not be a visible laceration on the surface.
- Hemorrhagic vs. Ischemic: There are two common ways that brain tissue might be damaged. Hemorrhagic is when brain injury causes bleeding to occur in or around the brain tissue. Ischemic changes can develop if the injury leads to a deprivation of blood flow to the brain tissue itself. Without blood, the tissue will start to die because it will not receive the oxygen or nutrients that it needs.
Once the brain injury has been diagnosed, the next step is to treat the injury. If someone comes in with relatively benign symptoms, they may be watched for a brief period before being sent home to rest and recover; however, if someone comes in with more emergent symptoms, they could be whisked away for emergent treatment. Someone who has signs of possible increased intracranial pressure (pressure inside of the skull cavity) will be taken for emergent imaging, such as a CT scan or an MRI. If the imaging reveals swelling of the brain tissue, they will be taken to the operating room for an emergent craniotomy. In this procedure, a piece of the skull is removed to allow the brain to swell without being compressed by the skull. Once the swelling reduces, the skull is put back into place. patients who have suffered brain injuries could also be placed on a number of chronic medications designed to control the blood pressure in the brain, the swelling inside of the skull, and any pain that the patient might have.
The video below explains more about how to treat traumatic brain injuries.What Should I do with a Brain Injury?
If someone has suffered a brain injury, they often ask about what the correct course of action might be. If there is any concern regarding neurological symptoms, the patient must seek professional medical care immediately. Any delay in treatment could lead to a markedly worse outcome than if the patient had sought medical attention earlier. After this, patients should consider contacting an experienced legal professional for advice. An attorney can help in a number of ways including:
- Paperwork: Medical care following traumatic accidents often come with a litany of paperwork that can be overwhelming for someone without legal experience.
- Insurance Claims: Sometimes, insurance companies hesitate to pay out claims with medical injuries. An experienced lawyer can help make this happen.
- Medical Costs: The treatment of a brain injury can leave families wondering how to pay for expensive medical bills. A legal professional can discuss all of the options available to ensure this happens as painlessly as possible.
An experienced attorney can help recover compensation for injuries sustained due to a negligent party. This can remove some of the stress and allow the family to focus on the medical recovery process. For more information, contact an experienced Fresno brain injury lawyer.Fresno Brain Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno Brain Injury Attorney. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of someone else, please call me at (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly legal advice.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.21.19]