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Any trauma to the head can lead to a life-altering, and sometimes permanent, brain injury. A person may experience head trauma due to involvement in a motor vehicle crash, an assault, a construction accident, an athletic injury, or a slip and fall on ice. In addition, brain injury can be the result of a complete lack of oxygen to the brain (anoxic brain injury) or insufficient oxygen to the brain (hypoxic brain injury).
These types of brain injuries can be caused by any incident that impacts oxygen intake by a person including swimming accidents, athletic injuries, injuries caused at birth, and during the administration of anesthesia. Many traumatic brain injuries result from serious trauma to the head that also includes other injuries such as a fractured skull, head lacerations, severe bruising, or swelling.
As a result, the symptoms of the head injury may not be immediately apparent to you. In other accidents that involve less severe trauma to the head, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can initially be subtle and equally difficult to diagnose. Moreover, symptoms may be clouded by more apparent symptoms such as those caused by a concussion. A Middletown traumatic brain injury attorney can have wide-ranging effects on your receiving compensation. Although not immediately noticed, some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later.
Traumatic brain injury in Middletown
What are the various types of Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries fall into these categories:
- Open Injury: It is also known as a penetrating injury and it is where an object such as a bullet has penetrated the brain.
- Closed Injury: It is where the skull is not penetrated but the brain has been injured and is typically observed after being involved in an auto accident or a fall.
- Deceleration Injury: It is where the brain is slammed against the skull.
- Chemical/Toxic: It is where a harmful chemical, such as carbon monoxide, lead, or pesticide, penetrates the brain.
- Hypoxia: It occurs when the brain receives some but not enough oxygen thus suffering damage as a result. Hypoxia is usually common in heart attack or stroke victims, but it can also be the result of tumors, infection, or drowning.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain Injury (Damage)
In the case of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, someone may experience any of the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury in addition to the loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours, a headache that does not subside or worsens, repeated vomiting, seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, clear fluid draining from the nose or ears, inability to wake from sleep, weakness or numbness in the fingers and toes, and loss of coordination. In addition, symptoms may include slurred speech, agitation, combativeness, severe confusion, or coma.
Brachial Plexus Injury
Research suggests that repeated or severe trauma to the brain may increase the risk of developing a degenerative brain disease. The risk associated with repeated trauma cannot be predicted and researchers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and degenerative brain diseases. Degenerative brain diseases cause a gradual loss of brain function and include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.
For these reasons, moderate to severe brain trauma should be properly evaluated and care should be taken to make sure you fully understand the long-term effects of head trauma.
Due to the sometimes-subtle symptoms and the parallel symptoms of other injuries, a brain injury can be difficult to diagnose. Moreover, even when diagnosed, the impact of a brain injury can be difficult to quantify. An individual that has suffered a brain injury must get an experienced personal injury attorney involved to advocate on his or her behalf. Most cases will require expert analysis from various medical professionals. This analysis can require baseline testing that will likely be necessary to establish diminished function or ability. Because of these time-sensitive issues early intervention is imperative.
What compensation can I receive for a brain injury?
Our firm helps clients seek compensation for the following:
- Medical bills (past, present, and future)
- Loss of income
- Burial costs in cases of wrongful death
- Inconvenience and lost quality of life
- Non-economic damages for pain and suffering
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Our dedication to superior service and personal investment in our cases is unmatched throughout the state of Connecticut.
Get in touch with a Brain injury attorney
If you suspect that you or someone you know has a brain injury, it can be a good idea to get in touch with an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to financial compensation for you or your loved one’s injuries.
Our experienced brain injury lawyers can review your case to determine its validity. Contact our legal team in Middletown Connecticut today by calling us at 855-CT-LEGAL or using the contact form provided for your free initial consultation and case evaluation.
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How Can a Brain Injury Lawyer Help my Situation?
When putting together a brain injury claim, it’s important to understand what you can ask for in terms of compensation.
Personal injury claims, including brain injury claims, are often settled before ever filing a lawsuit. If the lawyer thinks that the case can be settled, he/she will make a demand to the other lawyer or the other side’s insurance company. If settlement talks stall the case moves into the “litigation” phase.
Building a case
The litigation phase begins when you file a lawsuit in court. Filing the lawsuit gets the clock running on when the case is likely to go to trial. A lawsuit must be filed within a strict deadline set in law known as the statute of limitations, which is a maximum of 2 years in Connecticut for brain injury (TBI) claims.
Trial Preparation and Representation
If the case proceeds to trial, a brain injury lawyer provides representation in court. Birth injury lawyers such as those at Aeton Law are familiar with court procedures and customs and will ensure that these steps are followed carefully.
The financial, emotional, and physical costs associated with a TBI and subsequent recovery can be phenomenal. Insurance companies love to downplay the extent of your injury to try to justify giving you less than you deserve. To seek the fullest possible combination, you should hire a TBI lawyer such as those at Aeton Law in Connecticut.
Frequently Asked Questions
The leading causes of TBI in the United States include:
- Violent acts
- Sports accidents
- Automotive accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Blunt force trauma to the head
Medical negligence refers to the improper or unskilled medical treatment of a patient by a medical professional. Specifically, medical negligence occurs when a medical professional fails to provide the same quality of treatment that a professional with similar educational qualifications and experience would have in similar circumstances.
If your child’s birth injury was caused by medical negligence, it is usually not hard to tell because the symptoms usually start immediately or soon after birth. Your child may recover from a non-serious birth injury with treatment and time, but some birth injuries result in life-long health complications.
Still, it can be complicated to find out how a birth injury is linked to medical practice. Symptoms that appear shortly after birth or later in your child’s development could be indicative of the fact that labor and/or delivery was not done properly. Such symptoms include:
- Silence or unusual behavior immediately after birth
- Limp or floppy tone at birth
- Baby born with a blue color
- Lack of movement or use of an extremity
- Speech challenges
- Issues with muscle contraction
- Learning delays
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty chewing, eating, and/or swallowing
At Aeton Law in Hartford, Connecticut, we will listen to your story, review your child’s medical records, and help you determine whether medical negligence is responsible for your child’s developmental delays. If we find out that it is the case, we can help you move forward and seek damages for your and your child’s suffering.
People with TBIs can experience different symptoms, the vast majority of which occur right after the head injury or the days following. Sometimes, the severity of symptoms is not fully experienced until the person returns to school or work.
Symptoms of a TBI include:
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Balance problems
- Inability to perform everyday tasks
- Memory loss
- Recurring headaches
- Trouble concentrating
- Emotional outbursts
Yes. Insurance companies can obtain your past medical records before agreeing to pay on a claim. However, it is rarely in your best interest to sign a waiver that gives the insurance company unlimited access to your medical records.
However, that can be extended by 1 year under the “discovery of harm rule”, which defines when a child’s injury should have been reasonably discovered. That means that the maximum statute of limitations when it comes to birth injury claims in Connecticut is 3 years.
If the insurance company refuses to pay your medical bills, our firm will file a lawsuit and take the case to trial to make them take responsibility since it’s only the courts that can compel insurance companies to pay your medical bills if they refuse to take responsibility.