Brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries people can suffer in car accidents. However, many people don’t fully understand what a brain injury actually is or how it can affect your daily life. Some brain injuries heal quickly, while others can negatively impact your life for a long time – it’s important for accident victims and their families to fully understand brain injury symptoms and what to do if you suffer a brain injury in an accident.
To help get you started understanding brain injuries, you’ll find a simple, easy-to-read definition below, as well as information about what to do if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. Finally, you’ll find more information about how James H. Brown and Associates helps accident victims attain justice and get fair compensation for their injuries
What is a Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are most often caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head and/or body. They can also be caused by objects that go through the brain tissue, like a piece of skull or other object. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries, along with sports accidents, falls, and other types of trauma.
Every brain injury is different. Mild brain injuries may only affect your brain cells temporarily, while more severe cases can cause bruising, torn tissue, bleeding and other damage to the brain. You don’t have to be hit hard or be knocked out to have a brain injury; even blows that look mild can cause serious injury and symptoms.
People who have suffered a mild brain injury often have:
- Loss of consciousness for a few minutes or less
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Trouble speaking
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Changes to the senses (blurred vision, ringing in the ears, trouble tasting or smelling)
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood changes
- Trouble sleeping
Severe brain injuries can result in:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to a few hours
- Headaches that don’t improve or get worse
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Numbness or weakness in fingers and toes
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Slurred speech
- Aggressive behaviour
- Inability to awaken from sleep
Again, every brain injury is different; not everybody will experience every symptom. If you or a loved one have any of the above symptoms after an accident, see a doctor right away.
What to Do if You Have a Brain Injury
If you think you or a loved one may have a brain injury after a car accident, it’s important to take care of your wellbeing. Take the following three steps to make sure you and your family get the care you need:
- Seek Medical Attention. It’s important to see a doctor whenever you’ve been in an accident. Brain injuries can be hard to diagnose – a medical professional will be able to find all of your injuries and treat them properly.
- Keep Track of “Damages.” Damages can be lost days of work, medical expenses, or any other changes that result from your accident. Keep track of them so you can claim them as part of your settlement.
- Speak With an Injury Lawyer. After a car accident, getting legal advice from an injury lawyer is a must. Alberta accident law can be complicated; getting help from an experienced legal team lets you focus on getting better while ensuring you receive justice.
Brain Injury Law with James H. Brown and Associates
James H. Brown and Associates know from experience that recovering after a car accident can be hard. That’s why we’ve put together an experienced team of accident injury lawyers to help secure complete, fair compensation for accident victims.
Over the last thirty years, we’ve learned that no two accidents are the same; that’s why we offer a full range of resources for accident victims and their families, including:
- Over 250 years of combined injury law experience, including an unrivalled record of success in Alberta courts.
- Accident investigation services, including evidence preservation, accident reconstruction, and more.
- Experts and specialists to fully understand your injuries and their long-term effects.
- Strong relationships with Alberta organizations ready to assist with recovery.
James H. Brown and Associates is ready to help our clients in multiple languages, including English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Yoruba, and more.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured?
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