Head injuries are not to be taken lightly—after all, the brain coordinates the majority of activity in our body. Here at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we’ve seen firsthand how head injuries can have a dramatic effect on the lives of our clients. If you’ve experienced a head injury, you might be wondering what your future holds and what steps to take next.
That’s where we come in.
The attorneys at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered want to simplify this process for you and provide answers to your questions so you can focus on healing. Recovering from a head injury, especially a traumatic one, is a journey, but you don’t have to go it alone. Below, we’ve addressed common questions you probably have about head injuries and what you can do to ensure your well being.
Causes of Head Injuries?
Head injuries have a variety of causes, which often play a role in the severity of the injury. Common causes of head injuries are falls, motor vehicle accidents, and being struck by or against an object. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. This means that the accident caused an alteration to brain function.
Types of Head Injuries?
There are many different kinds of head injuries, ranging in severity.
A concussion—the most common type of traumatic brain injury—occurs when the brain receives trauma from an impact or sudden momentum or movement change. This may stretch blood vessels in the brain or damage cranial nerves. It can take anywhere from a few months to a few years for a concussion to heal. Contact sports like football are often a common cause of concussions, as are other direct blows to the head or whiplash.
A contusion is another name for a bruise. In the context of head injuries, a contusion is a bruise (bleeding) on the brain itself. These are frequently caused by direct impact to the head. If a contusion is large, it may need to be surgically removed.
Coup-contrecoup is a type of contusion that occurs both at the sight of impact and on the opposite side of the brain. The additional contusion on the opposite side of the brain is caused by the force of the brain slamming into the opposite side of the skull.
This type of injury is caused by shaking or strong rotation of the head. Diffuse axonal occurs because the unmoving brain lags behind the movement of the skull, causing tears to the brain structure. Depending on where these tears occurred, a person with this injury may have a variety of brain function impairments. Disturbances in the brain could be temporary or permanent.
Penetrating injuries to the brain occur when the impact of an object forces hair, skin, bones, and fragments from the object into the brain. The area of damage is widened when objects traveling at a low speed through the skull can ricochet inside the skull.
This type of brain injury occurs when the brain does not receive enough oxygen.
This type of brain injury occurs when the brain receives some, but not enough, oxygen to function properly.
How Will a Head Injury Affect my Life?
The extent to which a head injury will affect your daily life depends largely on the severity of the injury. No two head injuries are the same. Some people with minor head injuries will recover in a few weeks while more severe injuries might mean learning to adapt to an entirely new way of doing things. Your doctor is a great resource to consult throughout the recovery process. Be sure to reach out to him or her and ask when it is safe to resume activities like driving a car or doing heavy lifting because you do not want to do anything that could cause another injury.
You may need to relearn skills that were lost after your head injury, but there are many resources to help you get there. The Brain Injury Association offers information about assistive technologies, alternative medicines, caregiver resources, and more.
What Can I Do About It?
Paying for medical expenses after a head injury can be nothing short of daunting, especially if your injuries are severe and require extensive recovery time. Finding the money to finance your recovery can be even more difficult when you’re forced to take time off of work.
Instead of having the added stress of affording your recovery, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your head injury. Depending on the details of your case, this could include damages for:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Dealing with the consequences of a head injury is more than enough burden to bear—you shouldn’t have to worry about your financial future, too. A personal injury lawyer can review your case and help determine the best course of action for you.
Serving Maryland for Over Three Decades
The personal injury attorneys at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered know that this journey won’t be an easy one. That’s why we’re here to help you along the way. Since we opened our doors in 1981, we’ve taken pride in extending our family to include our clients. Above all, we are a law firm that cares, and as a result, we’ve formed lasting relationships with the people we serve. If you are unable to make it into our office, we offer evening and weekend appointments to fit your schedule. Our initial consultations are always free, so you risk nothing by calling.