The diagnoses of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can range from concussions to comas and from mildly debilitating to catastrophic. Traumatic Brain Injuries occur when there is blunt force trauma or blow to the head or when the force of sudden shaking of the head is transferred to the brain as it moves against the inside of the skull. When concussions and other traumatic brain injuries occur because of someone’s negligence you may have a legal case for financial compensation.
From his years of legal experience in personal injury cases, Attorney Robert W. Shute is knowledgeable about the legal aspects of brain injury and concussion claims and he welcomes you to call for a free consultation where he will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and strategize a plan to you get the compensation you deserve.
Traumatic brain injuries often end up as a battle between the insurance company’s so-called “Independent Medical Examiner” and the medical experts for the victim of a head injury. Insurance company doctors are notorious in TBI cases for insinuating that the injured person is faking or trying to blame symptoms on psychological conditions such as depression when the depression itself was caused by living with the TBI. When there is an injury as serious as brain trauma and concussion, legal experience makes a difference and Attorney Shute is available to help you.
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Traumatic Brain Injuries have been in the news during recent years because of their frequency in National Football League players. Football is far from being the only cause. TBI and concussions can occur from car crashes, from falls or from objects striking the head. During a car crash the force from the fast stop of the car is transmitted to the neck and head causing the brain to move within the skull. For example, when the head accelerates or decelerates rapidly from an impact, the brain compresses against the skull at the point of impact and pulls away from the skull on the side opposite the point of impact. Since the brain is a relatively soft mass, the brain tissue and nerves can twist and compress against the skull as they rapidly come to a stop or accelerate, causing microscopic tears or worse in the brain. Surprisingly, the inside surface of the skull has some rough ridges. These can worsen the injury and even can cause damage to parts of the brain that are not near the point of impact on the skull. Brain injury experts who testify for injury victims often use skull and brain models at trial to demonstrate this mechanism of traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries and concussions take physical, emotional, and financial tolls on an individual’s overall health and quality of life. They can cause a range of symptoms including but not limited to painful headaches, difficulty with falling and staying asleep, mood disturbances, anxiety and irritability, paralysis, changes in speech, memory difficulties, vision changes and cognitive changes. Brain injuries can affect your ability to work resulting in lost wages and earning capacity- adding to the struggle to rehabilitate physically and emotionally.
The Brain Trauma Foundation states that concussion is the most underreported and under diagnosed brain trauma with cases per year numbering in the millions.
Post-concussion headaches can occur after a car crash when the force of the impact of the vehicles causes a sudden jolting that is transferred to the upper body, neck, and head.
Treatment: It is important to obtain treatment from doctors and other experts who fully understand the causes and nature of traumatic brain injury because, depending on your trauma, your doctors may prescribe diagnostic testing and various forms of therapy including speech and language, cognitive, physical, and occupational therapy.
Some examples of post-concussion symptoms include:
- Memory and concentration difficulties
- Vision problems
- Sensitivity to light or photophobia
- Sensitivity to noise
Often, medical care and proper rehabilitation are necessary for months or longer periods of time or even permanently as a result of a TBI. Sometimes, after a traumatic brain injury, neuropsychological testing is done to identify any cognitive, speech and memory problems caused by the injury. This testing can be used to aid in formulating a treatment plan. The Mayo Clinic has reported on its website that stuttering and problems with speech fluency called dysfluency have occurred following traumatic brain injury. The speech is slow, paused or with repeated sounds and a diagnosis of a speech difficulty after suffering from a head injury may be diagnosed by a neurologist or a speech and language pathologist. Brain injuries make everyday activities exhausting or nearly impossible without proper treatment and rehabilitation. Often family members or people who care about and are familiar with the victim notice changes that the victim does not realize. These are reasons why after a head trauma it is important to seek a thorough medical evaluation and medical advice. If you have a traumatic brain injury and are the victim of another’s negligence, Atty. Robert Shute is available for a Free Consultation. Call now, 24/7 to speak with Atty, Shute personally. 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury. In a motor vehicle accident, the collision impact is transferred to the head and brain often because there is acceleration and deceleration of the neck. This effect on the upper body is sometimes called acute whiplash. This can cause a concussion because there is a direct transmitting of the force from the collision to the head and neck. In some accidents, depending on how the victim’s vehicle was struck by the other driver’s vehicle, the body can be flung or shoved sideways. This happens when the other driver’s vehicle hits the side of the victim’s vehicle as in a T-bone or side-impact accident. Another example is when the victim was yielding to oncoming traffic with the head turned looking to the left or right and they are struck by a car behind them whose driver is in a hurry or distracted from the roadway in front of them. These types of sudden jolts also can cause an acceleration/deceleration effect on the upper body and head. A head injury also can occur from a blow to the head such as when the head strikes another person in the vehicle or strikes the interior of the vehicle including seats, windshield, side doors and windows.
Another mechanism of TBI is when the head is struck as the result of someone falling to the ground onto hard surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, brick, or wood.
Brain injuries also can occur from the negligence of medical professionals. One example is during childbirth, when a medical professional fails to act upon the signs of fetal distress caused by a lack of oxygen.
These are just a few examples of when brain trauma can occur. When you have been injured due to the fault of another’s careless or reckless actions, and you have been diagnosed with a closed or open head injury, traumatic brain injury, a concussion or concussion syndrome, it is important to discuss the details of your injury with an experienced trauma attorney.
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