Brain injuries occur when the brain is forced against the inside of the skull by a sudden shaking force or a blow to the head. The impact causes swelling and bruising and sometimes even tearing of blood vessels which results in intracranial bleeding. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA of Charlotte, North Carolina can help you.
Types of Brain Injuries
- Penetrating head injury – Impact to the head resulting in a crack or break of the skull.
- Closed head injury -The skull has no obvious damage, but the brain has been injured. It can be caused by a blow to the head or by severe shaking, resulting in whiplash. This can also occur in babies who have been injured from being shaken too harshly. This is known as “shaken baby syndrome”. Closed head injuries are difficult to diagnose.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
If you suspect that someone has suffered any type of brain injury, get them to a doctor immediately for evaluation. The symptoms can often be delayed until the swelling in the brain has reached the point where the person notices symptoms – whether physical, mental or emotional.
- Physical – loss of balance, dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, confusion, blurred vision, drowsiness
- Mental – periods of disorientation, poor judgment, poor concentration, short-term memory loss
- Emotional – irritability, agitation, apathy, depression, aggressiveness, short temper, impatience, feelings of fear, sleep disturbances, appetite disturbances, general personality changes
Damage can be temporary or permanent and may include weakness, loss of sensation, loss of coordination, loss of intellectual capacity and paralysis.
Brain injuries that have caused more subtle damage with softer symptoms are often more difficult to discover and diagnose because they involve mental and neurological changes that are not visible. These damages can impair an individual’s ability to work, interact with others and control bodily functions.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it is important that you seek medical and legal counsel as soon as possible. Please contact us in Charlotte, North Carolina today for legal advice. Your first consultation is free and we don’t collect our fees unless we first collect your settlement.