The brain is the control center of the entire body, and as such, when it becomes injured it can have an effect on any of the body’s systems. Everything from breathing and eating to walking and talking is controlled by the brain, and any of these things could be taken from us if the region of the brain controlling those functions becomes injured. Even so-called minor brain injuries like concussions can leave you with chronic headaches long after the injury has healed. If you or a loved one suffered a head injury and you want to discuss your legal options with a brain injury lawyer, contact Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for a free consultation today.
Brain injury facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as trauma to the brain caused by a blow, jolt, shock or strike to the head, either directly or indirectly. The CDC reported that hospitalizations and fatalities due to TBI are on the rise. Falls are the main cause of brain injury among the youngest (age 0-4) and eldest (age 65+) members of the population, while injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are more common among the 15-64 age group. Startlingly, injury via assault is the most common injury mechanism in the 15-24 age range.
Signs and symptoms of brain injury
A brain injury may not always be apparent, or it may present as a more minor injury. Here are some signs to watch for if you have seen someone undergo suspected head trauma:
- Bleeding out of the ears, nose, or eyes
- Bruising around the eyes or the area of the neck near the ears
- Difficulty coordinating gross motor movements (raising limbs, walking, etc.)
- Difficulty speaking (slurring when talking, etc.)
- Confusion (does not know name, date, etc.)
If you think someone has been injured
If you suspect a traumatic brain injury, here is what to do:
- Call for medical help right away
- If you think a spinal cord injury has also occurred, avoid moving the injured person until help arrives except to stabilize the spinal column with rolled towels placed at the sides of the neck or to perform CPR if you are certified to do so
- Document the injury: how it occurred, what events led up to it, photographing the injury if possible
Let us help you with your legal case
If you need a brain injury lawyer in Allentown, Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can assist you with filing a civil suit. We are experienced and knowledgeable in brain injury litigation, and we can take on your case and get you and your family the resolution and closure that you deserve. You could be qualified to recover damages in the form of financial compensation, which could be used to pay those stacks of medical bills and cover daily living expenses after the injury. We will work hard to get your family every dollar you are entitled to under the law. Contact us today for a no-cost case evaluation.