Brain Injury

Thousands of people every year suffer head or brain injuries that are serious enough to require hospitalization. Traumatic brain injuries can have wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences. If you have suffered head trauma, such as a blow to the head, you should take action immediately to determine whether you have sustained an injury. If you have been injured, and if it was someone else’s fault, a head and brain injury attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Head and brain injuries range widely in severity. In a closed head injury, the head strikes an object, which throws the brain against the skull. In a penetrating head injury an object pierces the skull and goes into the brain. Some head injuries heal quickly, but others can cause irreversible, permanent brain damage, and can affect the victim for a lifetime.

Causes

Brain and head injuries often happen during a car accident, when a car that has been moving quickly is suddenly stopped, causing whiplash, and often causing the brain to hit the skull. These injuries may also result from blows to the head, a simple slip and fall accident, or any situation in which a person undergoes rapid acceleration or deceleration.

Diagnosis

Mild brain injuries are often overlooked by doctors, especially if there are other, more pressing physical injuries, such as after a serious car accident. An MRI or CAT scan may look normal, and not reveal a brain injury. So often, brain and head injuries are diagnosed by neuropsychologists, who administer written tests for diagnosis.

Symptoms

If a person has been in an accident and suffered trauma to the head, it is important to watch for the symptoms of a brain injury. If any of the symptoms occur, the victim should immediately seek medical attention. Symptoms may include:

  • Headaches or dizziness;
  • Change in pupil dilation;
  • Seizures;
  • Paralysis;
  • Changes in personality or mood swings;
  • Coma;
  • Memory loss;
  • Cognitive problems and trouble focusing;
  • Impaired speech or motor skills; or
  • Impairment or loss of other senses, such as hearing, vision, taste, or smell.

Brain injury symptoms may be short-term, but they can be longer-lasting or even permanent.

Damages

If a person has sustained a head injury as the result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, the victim is entitled to recover money damages to compensate for the injury. The medical expenses associated with a brain injury can be considerable. Additionally, rehabilitation costs may include physical and occupational therapy to help the victim regain lost function.

Sadly, some brain injuries cause permanent damage that interferes with daily life. Victims may be able to recover compensation for support services to help deal with these problems.

In addition to these compensatory damages, victims may be able to recover damages for pain and suffering and loss of mental or physical function.

Statute of Limitations

Michigan law imposes a deadline for filing suit for brain injuries. Victims have three years from the date of the injury to file a personal physical injury suit. If the victim died as a result of the injuries, the family has three years from the date of death.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s wrongdoing, a lawyer can help you recover damages to compensate you for that harm. Please contact the dedicated Michigan personal injury attorney John Little today for a free consultation.