The human brain contains billions of nerve cells, consumes as much as one-fifth of the total energy used by the body, and typically weighs less than three pounds. The brain holds every memory, hope, idea and fear that combine to make an individual unique. It also controls respiration, movement and reasoning. Furthermore, the brain processes sensory information to help identify what is being touched, smelled, tasted, heard or seen. The brain is a fragile organ that is protected by the skull. Contrary to what some people believe, a serious brain injury can occur even if the skull remains intact. In fact, some brain injuries do not even involve a blow to the head. Regardless of the source, a brain injury has the potential to cause long-term consequences that can drastically alter the patient’s life. Furthermore, a great many brain injuries are the result of another party’s negligence.
How Do Brain Injuries Happen?
Most brain injuries result from traffic accidents. These accidents may be between two cars, between a car and a truck, between a vehicle and a motorcycle, or between a vehicle and a bicycle. Some brain injuries occur when a pedestrian is struck by a motorized vehicle. Slip and fall accidents, medication errors, oxygen deprivation during childbirth and medical conditions can also result in brain injuries.
No matter how a brain injury occurs, the patient will likely need emergency treatment and possibly surgery and a lengthy hospital stay. He or she may also need extensive rehabilitation as an inpatient and/or outpatient. It is not uncommon for patients with severe brain injuries to have to relearn how to feed themselves, talk, walk, sign their names or perform other tasks that they had performed automatically prior to their injury. In some cases, a brain injury can be so severe that the patient will require medical care for the rest of his or her life.
Those who have suffered a brain injury may experience changes in mood or personality, abnormal behavior, seizures, amnesia, or a loss of coordination. They may lose control over their bowels or bladders, or they may experience vision problems, numbness, tinnitus, headaches, confusion or nausea. Some of them become overly sensitive to sound or light.
Because symptoms of a brain injury can sometimes take months to manifest, it is vital for anyone involved in an auto accident or other incident in which he or she receives a blow to the head to seek medical attention immediately. There are many signs of a brain injury that a physician can identify that would not be apparent to patients or their families.
When someone suffers a brain injury, the road to recovery can be a long one. It can also be an expensive journey. Expenses for ongoing medical treatments, rehabilitation services and medications can reach astronomical levels. The injured party may be unable to work at all, or he or she may not be able to resume a previous occupation. If the patient requires a personal assistant or nursing care, it may be necessary to hire help. A spouse, child or parent may have to devote his or her time to assisting the injured party instead of holding down a job. Thus, a severe brain injury has the potential to alter the lives of the patient’s family as well as his or her own life.
How Can a Brain Injury Attorney Help?
It is true that brain injury attorneys cannot reverse the flow of time and alter circumstances so that the injury never happens. However, they can help you and your family receive the financial compensation to which you are entitled. Compensation could include all or some of the following.
• Medical expenses already incurred or that will be incurred in the future, including home-based care and rehabilitation services
• Past and future lost income
• Payments for diminished earning capacity
• Loss of ability to enjoy life
• Pain and suffering
• Punitive damages if the guilty party was grossly negligent
If you or someone you love incurred a brain injury that may be due to another’s negligence, contact the experienced attorneys at Lloyd Baker Powerhouse Injury Attorneys for a free, no-obligation case consultation. We serve clients in Arizona from our office in Phoenix, and we serve clients in Nevada from our office in Las Vegas. You can request a consultation through our online chat feature or by completing our contact form. If you prefer, you can call our Las Vegas office at 702-444-2222 or our Phoenix office at 602-265-5555. We promise that we will take the time to listen to you, treat you with respect, and fight hard to see that you receive the justice you deserve.