The movie, “Concussion” brought to light the effects repeated traumatic brain injuries have on football players and made familiar a new term, “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” or CTE. However, you don’t have to play football to suffer a brain injury. Attorneys who handle personal injury cases frequently see clients who have been in car accidents, suffered falls, or were involved in a accidents while playing sports that result in traumatic brain injuries.
“Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe, and occur when an object comes in contact with the head, or when an object actually pierces the skull,” said Brian D. Knauth, an attorney who handles Personal Injury cases for Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC. “The human head was not designed to withstand impact with other objects.”
Mild traumatic brain injury can cause headachs, lightheadedness, blurred vision, ringing ears, fatigue or lethargy, mood changes and problems with memory and concentration. More severe injuries can result in headaches that do not go away and worsen, slurred speech, dilation of one or both pupils, weakness or numbness, loss of coordination, restlessness or agitation.
“The rehabilitation from a concussion suffered in a car accident or a fall can be a lengthy process,” Knauth said. “Often, clients are not able to work while they are recovering, which means they suffer a loss of income, plus, they have medical bills associated with the injury. It’s critical to contact a competent personal injury attorney if you or someone you love has been involved in an accident that caused a head or brain injury.
A personal injury attorney can seek compensation for a client who has lost wages and incurred bills due to an injury resulting from the negligence of someone else.