Understanding Your Options After A Traumatic Brain Injury
At Friedman, Domiano & Smith, our experience with severely injured accident survivors has taught us that brain injuries can be especially difficult to prove in legal proceedings. Many traumatic brain injuries have delayed onset, subtle symptoms, and involve microscopic tears of brain tissue that do not show up in an initial emergency room examination.
As they heal and scar, however, problems with memory loss, sensory impairment or personality can become apparent. Sometimes the injuries are not even apparent except to family members after an extended period of time. It is important to select attorneys who are well-versed in these types of cases. Our firm has worked with clients throughout Ohio.
Common Causes Of Accidents And How We Can Help
There are few injuries that are more difficult to handle than those to the brain. The symptoms are often so subtle that even the patient isn’t aware of them. That is, until a more obvious problem arises. Our expert attorneys have handled countless brain injury claims that have results in large settlements for our clients. Trauma to the head or brain can result from:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Falls from heights
- Construction accidents
We have long experience with the proof of damages in difficult head injury cases, including those with subtle or delayed symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Injuries
If you are considering hiring an attorney, you may have questions about contacting a lawyer. We answer your most frequently asked questions about brain injuries below.
What is a brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force alters brain function. TBIs account for 30% of all injury deaths in America. Acquired brain injury is any brain damage not caused by birth injuries, genetics or trauma.
How do I know if I have a brain injury?
There are many symptoms associated with brain injuries. Some common brain injury symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness. This can range from several minutes to several hours.
- Repeated nausea and vomiting.
- Headache that gets worse over time.
- Dilation that appears in one or both pupils.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Fluids that drain from the nose, ears or both.
What about post-traumatic stress disorder?
Although not strictly a head injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also be easily overlooked by less experienced counsel. For example, if six months after a motorcycle accident a recovering patient shows not only an understandable reluctance to ride again but also increased anxiety at the very notion, this together with other symptoms can indicate PTSD. Other symptoms include changes in sleep patterns, social withdrawal and signs of depression.
What are my rights after a brain injury?
If someone’s negligence caused your or a loved one’s brain injury, you are likely entitled to compensation. There is a two-year statute of limitations on these injuries in Ohio. When this two years starts can vary, so it’s important to speak with an attorney.
Read more about the 5 things you need to know about brain injury.
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Call our office in Cleveland today at 216-777-4121 or complete our online form for a free consultation. Don’t wait to learn more about your rights if you or a loved was in an accident that resulted in a brain injury.