Primary Causes of Accident-Related Brain Trauma
The leading causes of brain injuries are blows to the head during a motor vehicle accident and injuries to your head resulting from a fall. Brain injuries are often difficult to diagnose and many people do not realize they suffer from a brain injury until several weeks or months after an accident. This is because the symptoms of a brain injury are usually subtle at first and progress to be very severe often sneaking up on a person who may not even realize they have a brain injury.
Brain injuries are one of the most traumatic and life-altering injuries a person can suffer. Even minor brain injuries cause changes in an individual’s personality that often affect the loved ones they live with a regularly interact with. Additionally, brain injuries will often cause serious cognitive problems and memory issues.
Personal Injury Lawyers Experienced with Brain Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as the result of another’s negligence (car or truck accident and injury) you must have a personal injury lawyer experienced with brain injuries. It takes a special experience dealing with brain injury cases to recognize the cognitive and memory defects that occur, their impact on an injury victim’s life, and the medical connections to make sure the head injury victim receives the proper and necessary medical treatment.
Head and brain injuries are difficult to diagnose and sometimes difficult to prove to a jury. We have represented many individuals with head injuries and understand the complex issues a head injury case presents from both a medical and legal standpoint.
Often symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-concussion syndrome (PCS) cannot be seen by others. This can lead to loss of self-esteem and self-confidence; feelings of failure, depression, anxiety, and/or life is “out of control.” TBI and PCS are called “the silent epidemic” because there are thousands of people with TBI or PCS who have symptoms that are invisible to others or even themselves.
Common symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS):
- Change in perceptual senses; (i.e. Hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch, and knowing the relationship of the body to fixed objects.)
- Speech and Language:v Difficulty in understanding what is said, or in expressing thought (aphasia);
- Cognitive: Thinking, remembering, paying attention, poor judgment, and/or problem-solving.
- Memory: A problem storing and/or retrieving information; short or long-term memory loss.
- Emotional and Personality changes: Moody, easily frustrated, anxious, angry, depressed, and low self-esteem.
- In addition, a person with a possible TBI or PCS injury might find changes in basic bodily functions. These include: Body temperature control; Level of alertness; Sleep patterns; Attention span; Sexual function; Headache; Dizziness; Fatigue; Irritability, Depression, or Anxiety; Hypersensitivity to noise (phono-phobia); Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
The Silent Epidemic
Traumatic accidents that result in personal injury often cause brain injuries, many times this head or brain injury is obvious due to the visual damage to the head or face; however, oftentimes the injured victim does not even know they suffer from a brain injury. Often referred to as the “Silent Epidemic” due to the subtle changes that have a devastating effect over time. A blow or jolt to the head that caused a loss of consciousness or just a feeling or dizziness often causes that person to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-concussion syndrome (PCS).
Need to talk to a brain injury lawyer? Call our attorneys who specialize in brain injury cases throughout Missouri & Illinois. If you have been injured in another state, contact us, we will help find a brain injury lawyer for you, free of charge. Call us at (314) 863-0500 or contact us online.