Head & Brain Injuries
Do you have a brain injury due to head trauma?
It is an accepted fact that significant brain trauma often occurs in victims of tramatic accidents, even if they did not sustain any prolonged loss of consciousness, skull or head fractures, or pronounced contusions. Traumatic brain injuries are often referred to as “the unseen injury”. Sometimes the victim is unable to fully detect any cognitive problems or psychological changes – only those close to the victim may be all too aware of the devastating effects of the victim's head injury.
The brain is very fragile and, by itself, feels no pain. This spongy organ is quite susceptible to injury from trauma; thus it is encased in a very dense bone structure called the skull. The brain is surrounded by fluid and by a membrane called the "dura" to help cushion the brain in case of impact. Even with all of this natural protection, trauma to the head from an air bag, steering wheel or windshield can cause serious and lasting injury to the brain.
There are recognized symptoms to traumatic brain injuries. These may include headaches, memory loss, personality changes, concentration and attention deficits, as well as difficulty thinking through daily tasks, fatigue, sleep disorders, double vision, speech and communication problems, and depression.
Neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons and neuro-rehabilitation professionals may need to be consulted when an accident victim has sustained head trauma.
Victims of motor vehicle negligence who have suffered any head trauma should personally, or through their family, contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss these issues and protect their rights.