A brain injury inflicts around 1.4 million Americans annually, according to statistics published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It can happen in a variety of places and situations such as an auto accident or a fall from a height.
Often, a brain injury can be hard to detect and frequently they are never diagnosed at all until it is far too late. The dedicated team of lawyers at Sorkin Law Group here in Irvine, CA knows the problems with misdiagnosis after an accident and how important it is to ensure a thorough medical examination is conducted when an accident victim is eligible for a compensation payment. If the true nature of a person’s brain injury is not revealed as soon as possible then the chance of a fair compensation deal to cover the cost of the financial burden of the accident will be lost.
A brain injury could take place after a blow to the head, a vigorous shaking, a sharp implement or a bump from striking one’s head on a hard surface. Such traumas often disrupt the brain’s usual functioning. The injuries may be mild or more severe and they are often hidden.
If you have been diagnosed with a brain injury and you have recently hit your head in an accident that was not your fault, you should gather your facts and contact a lawyer to see if you are eligible for a compensation claim from the person who caused your injury.
Concussion is the rapid jolting of the brain which is due to a blow to the head region. These commonly take place in contact sports and there is often brain damage. A closed head injury, which could be caused by the rapid jolting that occurs with whiplash is not physically obvious but brain damage could be quite significant.
Acquired brain injury is a different sort of injury as it does not occur due to a blow to the head, but is caused when the brain cells do not get sufficient oxygen. This often takes place when someone nearly drowns, has misused medication or has been exposed to toxic material. It does not normally take place in accidents.
Like any other type of injuries the symptoms will depend how serious the injury is. When the head has been struck by a heavy object and traumatic brain injury is the result, symptoms might include:
Anyone who has hit their head in an accident may or may not lose consciousness for a short period. Unfortunately, for a victim of a brain injury there could be a time lapse after the accident before symptoms become clear. Even a visit to an emergency room straight after an accident does not necessarily mean that a brain injury will be detected. It could be several days or even weeks before it can be established that a victim of an accident has actually sustained a brain injury.
There are even more difficulties in confirming a brain injury in a child. These could take place after falling from a bike, a blow to the head when participating in sports or even when very young when shaken vigorously. The parent will most likely be the first person to detect a brain injury in a child and they might notice some of the following symptoms such as:
Of course, the first thing you should do if you think someone in your family has a brain injury is to pay a visit to a doctor and explain the symptoms. If the person has had an accident recently and it was not their fault, contacting a lawyer is the next thing you should do. As brain injuries take longer to detect, they often get ignored when a medical examination is undertaken following an accident.
Once you have a firm diagnosis, you should immediately contact a lawyer at the Sorkin Law Group who will determine if your accident is eligible for a compensation payment. It is your legal right to compensation if the accident was not your fault. The lawyers at Sorkin Law Group have a built up a reputation for winning many successful claims for compensation and they offer a free consultation to discuss your situation.