At the Injury Law Center®, our New Hampshire brain injury lawyer is skilled in representing sufferers of head injuries and their families. We know how challenging it can be to deal with these devastating and dramatic changes. Our team works on your case from start to finish, providing referrals to resources, experts, and more to help families through this time.
Our office, in addition to getting compensation for the injured party, also files loss of consortium claims for the loved ones of the brain injured person. Since brain injuries affect so many aspects of daily life, often the family unit is significantly affected. One spouse may have to take on more responsibilities to make up for the lack of help from the other spouse. In addition, their relationship and intimacy may be severely affected. No matter the situation, our New Hampshire personal injury attorney is here to help.
We encourage you to set up a free consultation today. Call (603) 883-4100!Identifying Brain Injuries After an Accident
Brain injuries often go undiagnosed at first, as emergency services focus and treat the obvious injuries such as bleeding and broken bones. Unlike a broken leg, for example, which may prevent you from walking for a number of weeks, a brain injury cannot be seen by the people around you and therefore people expect you to function normally. However, change in brain function can have a traumatic impact on family, job, social, and community interaction.
There are three common types of brain injuries:
- Open head injury – Injury that involves any penetration of the skull
- Closed head injury – Injuries such as hitting your head on the dashboard, airbag, window, or other solid object but without causing a puncture to the skull
- Deceleration injury – Injury that is often caused when a vehicle stops short or other sudden change of speed.
In a deceleration injury, if you are driving along and have to stop suddenly, your brain is still in motion and is forced to slam into your skull. As the laws of physics dictate, each action has an equal and opposite reaction, thus causing the brain to slosh back and forth within your skull. Very violent impacts can cause axonal sheering resulting in brain neurons dying.
Many people often suffer a brain injury commonly known as a concussion. The symptoms may not show up for days or weeks after the injury, such as headaches, vomiting, decreased concentration, loss of balance or dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, slowness in thinking, confusion, and mood changes.How Serious are “Mild” Brain Injuries?
When loss of consciousness is less than 30 minutes, it is considered a mild brain injury. However, even mild brain injuries can have devastating effects on family members. MRIs and CAT scans are often normal but the brain injury manifests itself in cognitive problems, headaches, memory or attention deficits, frustration and mood swings. Since the person looks fine on the outside, they are expected to be their normal selves. When this does not occur, there is an increase in tension and issues within the family. Often the injured person is aware that something within themselves just isn’t right. They are often frustrated and short tempered as they try to deal with their loss.Results of a Severe Brain Injury
Severe brain injuries are categorized as a loss of consciousness that lasts more than 30 minutes followed by memory loss. This includes comas. A victim of a severe brain injury may not ever recover. They may also require special care for the rest of their lives.
If work is affected the family could suffer a loss of earning capacity which may force one or more members back to work or impact the family’s finances significantly. Children may miss out on the opportunity to have a fully functioning parent in their lives and the spouse may be forced to become a full-time caregiver or hire one. These are just a few of the issues that can arise as a result of a severe brain injury.Get Trusted Counsel Behind Your Case Today
Our founding attorney has unique training in brain injuries, equipping our firm with insightful knowledge and experience. Let our New Hampshire brain injury lawyer help you and your family. We are also licensed to handle brain injury cases in Massachusetts and New York as well.
To schedule a free consultation with the Injury Law Center®, call us at (603) 883-4100.