According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. Statistics reported by the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center show that about 5 million people in the United States are currently living with a head injury that requires assistance with everyday activities. The cost of their medical needs and assistance costs the U.S. over $56 billion each year – a powerful statistic, which sheds light on the magnitude of this problem.
Some of the most common types of head injuries include:
Concussions: This is when an individual suffers a blow to the head and experiences an instant loss of awareness or alertness. Some victims of concussions may lose consciousness for seconds, minutes or even hours. Recent studies show that those who suffer more than one concussion, especially as a result of sports injuries, may face long-term consequences such as victims of more severe traumatic brain injuries. The same is sadly true of many of our clients who are in a crash and either hit their head or violently impact it. Many of these clients suffer from concussions and also traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. Our network of healthcare providers include experts in this area who will be able to see you and determine the extent of your injuries and begin critical treatments right away.
Skull fractures: A skull fracture is a break or crack in the skull bone. Individuals may suffer a linear skull fracture (a break that does not result in bone movement), depressed skull fracture (part of the skull is sunken in from the trauma), a diastatic skull fracture (breaks along the suture lines in the skull) or basilar skull fracture (break in the bone from the base of the skull).
Intracranial hematoma: This is when the victim suffers a blood clot in or around the brain. Depending on the type of hematoma injury, the victim may experience minor to life-threatening symptoms.
Diffuse axonal injury: This is when the brain is injured due to a shaking movement. Diffuse axonal injuries can occur as the result of a car crash, a fall-related injuryt or due to other causes such as shaken baby syndrome.
Please Seek Medical Attention Immediately.
It is a common mistake for injured victims to not seek medical attention after being involved in a car crash or falling incident. When dealing with head injuries, the symptoms may not manifest themselves right away. This is especially true of concussions. Victims may feel a little sore or nauseous but assume that they will begin to feel better on their own or that the symptoms will go away. Sadly, brain injury symptoms tend to get worse if they are not properly treated right away. All mild, moderate and severe symptoms should be taken seriously. If you hit your head and are feeling confused, lightheaded, unbalanced or irritable, you should see a doctor right away. If you lost consciousness, vomited, had a seizure, acquired a debilitating headache or have a severe cut to your head, you need emergency care. It is important that you see a medical professional for a blood test, x-ray, CAT scan, EEG or MRI right away.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, please call the experienced Phoenix brain injury attorneys at Viper Law Group immediately. We utilize a team of Physicians who are brain injury specialists who can evaluate our client’s head injuries.
Causes of Head Injuries:
The most common causes of head injuries include car crashes and fall-related injuries. Other common causes include acts of violence, sporting injuries and workplace injuries. According to the CDC, falls account for about 35.2 percent of head injuries, motor vehicle accidents for 17.3 percent, struck by/against events for 16.5 percent and assaults for 10 percent.
Victims of head injuries may suffer from impairments of their muscles, speech, vision, taste or hearing depending on the area of their brain or head that is injured and the extent of those injuries. It is also common for victims to experience long- or short-term changes in their memory, behavior and personality. It can be difficult to put a monetary value on these types of life-changing consequences. Injured head injury victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, lost future income, loss of livelihood, hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
To learn more about traumatic brain injuries, click here to watch very helpful video titled “Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries”. This is a video by the Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, which is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injuries.
Contact Viper Law Group.
As Phoenix brain injury attorneys, we are up to date on the best technologies and testing available in Arizona for TBIs, and will ensure that you receive the proper care and treatment when dealing with TBI.
The Viper Law Group consistently deals with insurance adjusters, Arizona insurance defense lawyers and even physicians who are still unfamiliar with TBI and the relationship between a potential closed head injury and whiplash. Many attorneys and health care practitioners are mistakenly under the assumption that the head must strike an object to cause trauma to the brain. It is essential to retain a Phoenix brain injury attorney who is not only familiar with TBIs but also the latest science in this rapidly evolving area of medicine.
The brain injury law attorneys at Viper Law Group are experienced with the tactics employed by insurance carriers and defense lawyers in combating such claims. We have clients who have suffered significant brain injury and did not experience any impact to the head or even lose consciousness. An insurance carrier will try to discredit an injury in this type of situation. We will not let that happen to someone who has suffered a serious injury. We utilize a team of Physicians who are brain injury specialists whose expertise is invaluable in these cases and combating the insurance company’s attempts to deny your claim.
Viper Law Group is a Maricopa County, Pima County and Pinal County personal injury law firm that routinely handles claims and litigates cases involving closed head injuries as a result of an automobile accident, motorcycle accident, fall or other trauma. We actively litigate auto accident and motorcycle accident related cases in Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, Yavapai County and Mohave County. Located in central Maricopa County (Tempe), Viper Law Group is easily accessible to injury victims in Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, Surprise, Yuma, Avondale, Flagstaff, Goodyear, Lake Havasu, Buckeye and Casa Grande.
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