If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury in a car crash or another type of accident, it may be critical to see a doctor as soon as possible. Evidence of brain injuries may not be noticeable right away, but it is important to seek medical care after sustaining a blow to the head because these injuries can result in lifelong consequences. When the injury is caused by someone else's negligence, that party may be responsible for shouldering the burden of medical expenses and other costs.
Every year, about 2.5 million people visit emergency rooms in the U.S. due to a traumatic head injury. In fact, in recent years the rate of TBI has grown significantly in this country. Over the last 10 years, the number of ER visits linked to brain injuries has grown by about 70 percent. Fortunately, during the same time the number of TBI-related deaths has decreased.
If you or a loved one has recently suffered a head injury in an accident, get checked out by a qualified medical specialist. If you are concerned about brain injury, talk to a West Virginia brain injury attorney at the Robinette Legal Group to discuss possible legal action to pursue compensation for the medical treatment, financial losses and lifetime of care. As former insurance defense attorneys, we know how easy it is for insurance companies to claim the victim isn't really suffering the effects of brain damage.
Our Morgantown TBI lawyers have experience representing clients in significant brain injury claims. We know what juries will be looking for in the way of evidence to prove your case. Our firm offers the professional and independent resources to handle the medical complexities of serious brain injury cases.
Contact our offices in Morgantown, West Virginia, to arrange a free consultation about your injury today. Call today: 1-304-594-1800 or after hours, 1-304-216-6695.
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by any blow to the head. While not every hit results in a serious traumatic brain injury or concussion, even mild head injuries warrant medical attention.
Car accidents are currently the third leading cause of TBI, behind falls and being hit in the head by an object.
Brain injuries can result in a number of health problems--from headaches and confusion to behavioral and mood changes. Seizures, depression, diminished motor skills, disability and death can also occur depending on the type and severity of the injury. Studies have also linked concussions to the development of Alzheimer's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.
Many West Virginia residents do not worry about brain injuries unless a person is knocked unconscious, but a brain injury can occur even if a person does not lose consciousness. Other symptoms of brain injuries include the loss of short- or long-term memory and the inability to understand simple instructions or tasks. The loss of mobility or hearing and unusual changes in personality are also signs of TBI.
Early diagnosis and treatment can be very important for brain injury victims. Those who would like to learn about their legal rights and their options to obtain compensation following a brain injury should seek skilled legal counsel.
Source: io9, "Why a Head Injury Can Be Far Worse Than You Realize," George Dvorsky, April 1, 2014