Traumatic brain injuries can arise from any type of accident, and they can range from a simple concussion with short-term effects to a much more serious injury with long-lasting effects.
Concussions usually result in injuries of shorter duration. For example, we see cases where people have an impact to the head, perhaps from striking their head on the dashboard or rear-view mirror. The rapid movement of the head and the neck forward causes the brain to slam into the skull, contacting the bony ridges inside the skull. This contact causes bruising and micro-tears to brain cells. As a result, short term effects appear, such as:
- Difficulty with word recall
- Short-term memory loss
- Visual disturbances
- Persistent headaches
At the other end of the spectrum are cases that involve more significant injury to the brain. These types of injuries result in long-lasting effects. Sometimes people require years of rehabilitation, and others lose functioning that may never return.
With injuries of these types, it’s important to have an attorney that will guide the client through their treatment, so that a) they’re evaluated properly; and b) we have the evidence that we need to present the client’s case in the light most favorable for them. This evidence could involve neurological testing, CAT scans, MRIs, or sleep studies. It can involve referral to a neuropsychologist for cognitive testing and evaluation. This process not only provides the data and the evidence that’s needed to present the client’s case, but it also assists them and their physicians in a course of treatment or therapy for the future.
One such case involved a client who had a rear-end motor vehicle accident. The client struck her head during the accident and it resulted in seizure activity, which never left her. Initially it appeared to be something that might have been of a short duration, but it has continued for many years. Ultimately she had to stop working and is going to be on medication for the rest of her life — and may have “break-through” seizures. We assisted in collecting the evidence and presenting her case which resulted in a seven-figure settlement.
This is the type of experience that your lawyers should have in order to properly represent you in cases involving traumatic brain injury, with either short- or long-term consequences.