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What Is A Brain Injury and Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

By on Nov 7, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

Every single year, brain injuries account for 1.7 million deaths, ER visits and even hospitalizations. The really important factor you need to know about a brain injury is that you don’t need to be involved in an accident at a high rate of speed in order to have one. In fact, most people who hire a  brain injury lawyer have gotten the injury from a fall, sports activity, car accident or even work-related injuries.

The 2 Types Of Brain Injuries

There are 2 major types of brain injuries: Open and Closed.

In an open brain injury the skill is fractured. This can be caused primarily because of the fact  your head comes into contact with another hard surface – such as a floor.

On the other hand, a closed brain injury deals with an injury where you do not have a fractured skull, however, you might still have interior bleeding, swelling, formation of clots, etc. In some cases a closed injury can be more dangerous than an open one because of these factors.

It doesn’t matter if its an open or closed injury though, any type of injury involving the brain, head or skull can cause paralysis, death, loss of speech, slurred speech, loss of memory and even cause you to go into a coma.

Warning Signs Of A Brain Injury

If you or a loved one has been in some sort of an accident and you want to know right then and there if they have a brain trauma or injury, there are certain questions you can ask them in order to try and figure it out. *Note: They should still go to the hospital. The warning signs include:

– Confusion as to where they are, who they are, who you are

– Sluggishness, being overly tired, loss of consciousness

– Slurred speech, loss of speech, chopped speech

– Severe headaches

– Nausea, dizziness

It’s also possible that you can suffer a brain injury and not feel like you are suffering at all. You should still immediately call 911.

Common Brain Injuries

Bruising and swelling within the skull from sports related accidents, car accidents or anything else force your brain to be jolted around. The amount of force this causes inside your skull can cause some really big issues. Bruising might seem like its not that big of a deal and besides it causing issues to your motor functions, it can also make the brain swell – your brain has no place to move which then causes intra-cranial pressure. This can cause death if its not further taken care of. If you need to take a few weeks off of work in order to get better but you also need to make sure that you can get compensation for time off and for the accident that occurred, you need to find a brain injury lawyer to help you in your situation.

Serious Brain Injuries

On the other hand, if you have a really bad brain injury and you need a more permanent amount of time off either because its left you disabled or you need more time to recuperate with rehabilitation, you too can hire a brain injury lawyer in order to help you receive compensation. If a specific individual or a business is responsible for your injury, the lawyer will make sure that they are held liable for the injuries done to you.

If you’ve been involved in an accident that caused you brain trauma and you need a brain injury lawyer call Symco Injury Law at 801-738-9910 for more information about your case and what can be done to compensate you or your family.