Brain injuries have many causes, and you should never shrug off any incident that may have damaged your brain. The effects of a fall, car crash, or medication or anesthesia error can be difficult to detect at first but may end up permanently disabling you.
As North Carolina personal injury lawyers who take a special interest in helping victims of brain injuries caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, we never treat any blow to head as “just a concussion.” Nor do we consider loss of consciousness due to a preventable restriction of oxygen as a minor mistake. Our clients’ physical and mental health, as well as the burdens their brain injury may place on their friends, employers and family members, deserve protection and compensation.
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Most of the brain injury cases we handle involve traffic accident — which are not actually accidents when other drivers are at fault. The physics of two or more vehicles colliding guarantee that your brain slams against the inside of your skull even if the your head does not strike anything else.
Then, what starts as a headache can progress to memory loss, numbness in hands and feet, and changes in personality. Even one serious concussion can result in a lifelong condition like pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, which leaves suffers unable to control fits of laughter or crying jags that have no relation to any emotion the sufferer is feeling.
A partial list of other brain injury symptoms, arranged roughly from least severe to most severe, includes
- Lightheadedness and a spinning sensation
- Mild confusion
- Ringing in the ears
- Passing out
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Loss of ability to focus one’s eyes
- Abnormal eye movements
- Clear fluid leaking from one’s ear or nose
Resolution of the worst symptoms rarely means that a brain injury victim is out of the woods and fully capable of returning to work and their normal life activities. Pain, lack of muscle control and confusion can persist to a lesser or greater degree for years or decades. An alarming number of traumatic brain injury victims require lifelong medical care and assistance with things like dressing themselves.
For this reason, dedicated North Carolina brain injury lawyers press for insurance settlements or jury awards that include money for future medical and therapy expenses. When you think about it, you realize that your brain is yourself. No serious injury to your very being should go uncompensated.