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Resources - Brain Injuries Cause Serious Personal Injury


If You Suffered a Brain Injury, You Need to Retain the Services of a Personal Injury Attorney

Brain injuries can range in both the level of severity and the negative impact they can have on your life. Your brain is the hub of your nervous system; it is a delicate area of the body that comprises billions of neurons. If you, or someone you love, has suffered a brain injury, it could lead to a persistent vegetative state that would have a permanent, life-changing effect on your family’s lives and could result in a wrongful death personal injury lawsuit.

You can suffer a brain injury in any number of ways, including a workplace accident, a slip and fall, or a car accident. Brain injuries—traumatic or otherwise—are not as easy to diagnose as you might imagine. The most common method for attempting to diagnose a brain injury is through the use of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. While these MRIs may reveal some brain injuries, others are more difficult, if not impossible, to diagnose. Unless there has been an actual anatomical injury to the head or brain, the test might not pick up on any anomaly.

In light of this, if you’re looking to file a personal injury claim against the individual or company whose negligence led to the brain injury, how can you produce evidence for your personal injury claim? The short answer: You need to retain the services of a personal injury attorney who has experience in pursuing personal injury claims for individuals who’ve suffered a brain injury


Brain Injury Background
As with any other type of injury, some head and brain injuries, if noticed in a timely fashion, can be easily detected, diagnosed, and treated by a neurologist. Signs that are easy to spot include bleeding on the brain, a cracked skull, or spinal cord damage. In these instances, your neurologist can see these injuries through the use of X–rays and MRIs. In cases in which there is no visible physical injury, the neurologist will have to look to symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty speaking, lapses in memory and mild memory loss, headaches, and others. Your family can also help fill-in-the-blanks on how you’ve changed since the injury occurred.

Individuals who suffer any of the above symptoms might not even realize they have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury; they and their family might simply attribute changes in behavior to the fact they’ve just been “off” and “not themselves” in one way or another since the injury occurred.

A brain injury can be suffered as the result of a concussion, bruising on the brain, or bleeding on the brain. Your neurologist may need to conduct tests, and by a process of elimination, he or she would diagnose that a brain injury occurred. In addition to the MRIs and X–rays, your neurologist may administer a written (neuropsychological) examination. 

Filing a Claim for a Brain Injury
While it is crucial to pursue medical attention in the event of a head injury, the resulting diagnosis is also a critical part of your personal injury claim. Your personal injury attorney will require documentation of symptoms, what led up to them (the injury itself), and the course of treatment your neurologist has prescribed. Retaining the services of a personal injury attorney can also help by referring pathologists, medical experts, and even neurosurgeons to help you with the case. Your personal injury attorney is also the expert who will help you work your way through the legal maze toward recovery and compensation.