Traumatic Brain Injury
Many workplace injuries can have lasting consequences, but few are as life-changing as a traumatic brain injury. Some conditions may require care for the rest of your life. We understand that families often depend on the income of an injured worker, and a severe injury may prevent you from working or caring for loved ones. That’s why we’re dedicated to winning the benefits and compensation you deserve. Our practice was founded on a commitment to workers’ rights, and we’re proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled.
A blow to the head should not be ignored just because it seems relatively minor at the time. Even a mere “bump” on the head can escalate into a life-threatening brain injury or consequences decades down the road without proper medical evaluation and treatment.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are primarily looking to save money for the party involved in your injury. Because of the high costs of these cases, they often refuse to acknowledge the unique character of traumatic brain injuries. Providing comprehensive, long-term, high-quality care can mean hundreds of thousands – or millions – of dollars, and insurers will aggressively fight to minimize costs on their end.
So we understand that the stakes couldn’t be higher. Brain injuries have lifelong consequences, and we never lose sight of this long perspective when preparing your case. Our legal team will carefully analyze your medical records and work with our network of top medical specialists to maximize your compensation and care. We have assembled the best team of outside experts in Washington State, including accident reconstructionists, physicians, and economic loss experts. Let us put our winning record and considerable resources to work for you.
If you suspect you have a traumatic brain injury, seek medical attention immediately. Then contact an Emery Reddy attorney with experience handling complex injury cases. There’s too much at stake to wait.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In general terms, a traumatic brain injury includes any harm resulting in damage to the brain. Most cases are blunt force trauma to the brain, or “closed head” injuries. For example, a person’s head may hit their windshield in a collision, or be struck by a falling object in a warehouse at work. Other accidents involve “penetrating head injuries” where an object actually penetrates the skull, directly damaging the brain.
Be aware that traumatic brain injuries do not necessarily result in loss of consciousness. Some people with serious damage initially present only minor symptoms like a headache.
Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be dangerous precisely because they often go unnoticed for some time. It’s important to understand the symptoms and get medical attention immediately if you have sustained a head injury. Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Persistent headache, pressure, or neck pain
- Confusion or fogginess
- Vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech patterns
- Loss of memory (amnesia), concentration, or decision-making ability
- Difficulty reading or focusing
- Low energy or sex drive
- Change in sleep patterns (insomnia as well as oversleeping)
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Blurred vision or “seeing stars”
- Ringing in the ears
- Mood swings
If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact Emery Reddy today so we can assess your legal and medical options. Initial phone consultations are free.
Workplace Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury
Head injuries and trauma are common among workers involved in car accidents, falls, construction accidents, and other work-related incidents. Working with heavy equipment in a warehouse or construction site puts workers at increased risk. Any impact to the head or incident involving violent movement can result in traumatic brain injury. Just because there is no fracture or puncture wound does not mean the injury is less serious. In a closed head injury, blood may slowly seep into critical areas, causing a build-up of pressure that can lead to death or permanent brain damage.
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury
Concussion is a common type of traumatic head injury that occurs when the brain is jarred inside the skull. A growing body of medical research shows that concussions have greater long-term consequences than previously understood. This may lead to minor or serious memory loss, behavioral issues, and ongoing cognitive consequences.
Concussions are often associated with unconsciousness from a fall or blow to the head, but it’s not necessary for the head to actually hit the ground or another object to sustain a concussion. Violent motion from a sudden stop can cause also the brain to strike against the skull, resulting in a concussion.
Concussions often occur from:
- Vehicle collisions
- Workplace accident
- Personal assault
- Sports and recreational injuries
Workers should understand that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Even though some are comparatively mild, no injury to the brain is ever trivial. A seemingly minor concussion can result in long-term consequences, from persistent headaches and fatigue to notable changes in mood.
If someone’s negligence has contributed to your concussion injury, you need a law firm with a record of winning cases for brain injury survivors. We urge you to call Emery Reddy today. We’ll connect you with top health care providers and fight to get you the maximum compensation for your injury.