No medical threat is quite as difficult or terrifying as a brain injury. We all understand that the brain is the key organ in the body, essentially the headquarters for life, so any threat of cognitive impairment is frightening, to the say the least.
Indeed, people who endure brain injuries often face long roads to recovery. Some must relearn simple tasks that were once second nature. Many face mountainous medical bills and a lifetime of difficulty in their personal and professional lives.
Unfortunately, brain injuries are more common than most people realize. In fact, nearly two million people sustain a brain injury every year – and more than 500,000 of those are serious enough to require hospitalization.
The good news is that our skulls offer natural protection to the brain, and that barrier is sufficient in most accidents. Minor blows to the head and brain sometimes heal on their own, and many more can improve with prompt treatment.
Still, there is no such thing as an easy recovery from a brain injury. Complications are common, and the medical expenses are typically substantial.
Victims can take relief in knowing that they may be entitled to compensation pursuant to South Carolina personal injury law.
If you or someone you love has suffered brain injuries as a result of somebody else’s negligence (i.e., careless, irresponsible, or illegal behavior), our office may be able to help.
Paul Hammack is an aggressive Greenville brain injury attorney with more than 15 years of experience in complex and high-stakes litigation. He understands how challenging these experiences are, and he knows how to make a difference in the claims process – a reflection of his experience on both sides of these claims (plaintiff advocacy and insurance defense).
Paul and the Hammack Law Firm are here to fight for you.
How Do Brain Injuries Happen?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is listed as a known injury risk for almost every personal injury action recognized under South Carolina tort law. That goes to show just how pervasive the risk of brain injury really is.
Most often, we see brain injuries arise in the context of:
- Car crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Commercial trucking accidents
- Assault and battery (acts of violence)
- School sports injuries
- Slip and falls
- Falls from tall heights
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Toxic exposure
- Birth injury
- Blasts and explosions
- Dangerous, defective products
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Some brain injuries produce more specific symptoms than others. Often, the signs develop slowly, over time. That is problematic, because it leads to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis – in fact, prompt treatment is particularly critical when the brain is involved.
It is impossible to diagnose a brain injury based on symptoms alone. Common warning signs, though, include:
- Abnormal pupil dilation
- Altered consciousness
- Changes in memory or learning ability
- Changes in taste or smell
- Changes in vision (including visual disturbances)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty moving limbs, legs, or neck
- Fluids or blood coming from the mouth, ears, or nose
- Hearing loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Obvious injuries to the head (laceration, fracture, bleeding, etc.)
- Personality changes
- Pronounced and unexplained drowsiness
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech
Concussions Are Traumatic Brain Injuries
Clinically speaking, concussions are generally classified as traumatic brain injuries, and they require urgent medical attention. While some concussions are mild – and many can be properly resolved with appropriate treatment – the truth is that most people underestimate the severity of a concussion. These are much more than “bumps on the head.”
Some concussions lead to serious consequences. Even in uncomplicated cases, victims can experience significant pain, distress, and interruption to their daily lives.
If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion during school sports, after a violent attack, as the result of a slip and fall, or in any other personal injury accident, an experienced Greenville brain injury attorney at Hammack Law Firm can help. Contact us today.
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