Head & Brain Injury | Brain Injury Lawyer

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:48 by admin
Brain injury lawyers specialize in the recovery of compensation for personal injury victims who have suffered a traumatic head injury or anoxic brain injury as the result of the intentional or negligent acts of another person.

In the United States alone, over 1,000,000 people suffer from head injuries each year. Head impact injuries, especially "traumatic brain injuries," can leave the victim in varying states of debilitation. While blunt trauma to the skull is the most frequent cause of traumatic brain injury, prolonged lack of oxygen, or the "anoxic brain injury" can also have severe and life threatening consequences. With traumatic brain injury, the victim's brain may swell, bruise, and tear, while anoxic brain injury causes the brain cells to die from lack of oxygen. Traumatic brain injury is more common than anoxic brain injury, however both injuries have similar consequences and treatments.

When such injuries are caused by another person's neglect or intentional misconduct, a competent brain injury lawyer can frequently act in a victim's behalf , through head injury litigation, to secure legal compensation for the injured.

Traumatic Brain Injuries
1.Tearing - The sudden impact of the body colliding with another object (such as a car or baseball bat) may cause very delicate tissue in the brain to tear apart. Unfortunately, modern medical devices (x-ray, CT scan, MRI) often do not detect torn brain tissue. As a result, the injured patient may be given a medical diagnosis error , when in fact there has been significant brain damage.

2. Bruising - Bruising, like tearing, is caused by impact to the skull. The impact forces the soft tissue of the brain into the much harder skull. The collision between the tissue and the skull may rupture small blood vessels allowing blood to escape into areas of the brain unsuitable for such blood. The unconfined blood places additional pressure on the brain tissue. This pressure may cause parts of the brain to stop functioning. As the brain is responsible for operating the most basic bodily functions (such as breathing), it can be quite perilous for any part of the brain to shut down.

3. Swelling - While swelling in most other body parts is not typically considered life threatening, swelling of the brain can be. When swelling occurs in other parts of the body, the tissue surrounding the injured area expands to relieve the pressure. The brain however is surrounded by the hard bone of the skull and therefore cannot expand to accommodate the swelling occurring inside. When the brain swells, the pressure inside the skull increases along with the likelihood of severe consequences as a result thereof.

Anoxic Brain Injuries
Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived its oxygen intake for some significant amount of time. Such deprivation may occur as a result of drowning, choking, strangulation, or other respiratory difficulties. The cells within the brain require oxygen (an therefore blood) to function. Lack of oxygen for a significant period causes the brain cells to die.

Taking action in the aftermath of a serious head or brain injury.

If you or a loved one has recently experienced a serious head or brain injury as the result of the negligent or intentional acts of another person, it could be very important for you to contact  a Brain Injury Lawyer who can help you to claim the legal compensation due to you by law. However, because each state has Statutes of Limitation that govern time limits within which you must commence a lawsuit, it is important to do this soon after the injury occurs.

Brain Injury Lawyers associated with InjuryBoard.com will evaluate your case free of charge and in complete confidentiality. In addition, you will not pay any fees or costs unless your attorney recovers compensatory damages in your behalf. Please click on the free Ask An Attorney button to take advantage of this valuable legal service.

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