The effects of a brain injury are both personal and terrifying. Your brain helps you control your emotions, thoughts and allows you to communicate. Your brain enables you to see, taste and remember. When any of these abilities are damaged, the victim has a difficult time coping. Victims can feel as if part of who they are has been stolen.
A head injury of any kind strikes at a person’s identity. The severity of the head injury can vary dramatically. The results of a brain injury can be memory loss, difficulty with words and thoughts, and confusion. The victim can suffer from seizures, loss of smell, dizziness or lack of balance, among other problems.
A concussion is a sudden trauma-induced alteration of the alert state. A person does not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion or a traumatic head injury. There are different levels of concussion. A person can have a brain injury without losing consciousness. In March of 2009, the tragic and highly publicized skiing head injury to actress Natasha Richardson showed what doctors already knew, a person can be walking and talking and yet have a severe and even life-threatening head injury from trauma.
Seizures can terrify their victims, leaving them feeling helpless. Often, seizures can be caused by trauma. Seizures can occur immediately or can take months to appear or to be recognized and diagnosed as such.
There are many different types of seizures, and they appear differently. A few examples are:
- Absence seizures. With this type of seizure, a friend might notice that the victim seems “zoned out.” The victim usually has no memory of this event.
- Partial seizures. These seizures involve part of the brain having an abnormal function.
- Tonic-clonic seizures. When most hear the word seizure, they think of tonic-clonic – also called grand mall seizures – where a person shakes or convulses, and then appears to be asleep or unconscious.
These are only a few examples. A specialist in epilepsy can perform a variety of tests that can help determine if there is a seizure, what area of the brain impacted and how to try to control the seizures.
How We Can Help
Though a brain injury can be caused by many different factors, an unfortunate cause is a negligence. For example:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Medical negligence such as:
- Accidents during birth
- Hospital or nursing home negligence
- Workplace accidents
If a brain injury is a result of negligence, the victim or their family will also have to deal with legal issues. Brain injuries can result in high medical bills, loss of income and traumatic psychological problems for both the victims and their families.
Contact Paige J. Donnelly, Ltd., personal injury law firm. The skilled attorneys at the Minnesota law firm of Paige J. Donnelly, Ltd., have many years of experience handling brain injury cases.
We will always place your feelings and interests above all considerations. We welcome the privilege of serving the severely injured and their loved ones by relieving them from worrying about legal matters at a time when they are occupied with recovering from their injuries.