If you have been the victim of a car accident or other kind of accident, then there is a good chance that you have suffered some kind of injury, and possibly even a head injury. Head injuries are one of the most common types of injuries associated with vehicular accidents and workplace accidents, and they are one of the most difficult types of injuries to recover from and to treat.
That is why so many people find it necessary to hold the responsible, at-fault member of the accident accountable for their negligent actions, and to recover damages from this person for medical costs and treatment costs. When involved in an accident, it will be important for you to seek medical treatment for your injuries and to seek legal help for any head injury settlements.
Head injuries are very serious. A traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as acquired brain injury, refers to any acute physical injury to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries constitute a real epidemic not only in the State of Oregon, but across the country. Almost 1.5 million people suffer from traumatic brain injury each and every year, and somewhere around 52,000 people actually suffer fatal traumatic brain injuries.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a variety of incidents; however, most often times these injuries are caused by car accidents. This is because, more often than not, car accidents occur at high speeds as a result of reckless driving, which increases the chances of head injury. Other types of accidents that may occur can also cause traumatic brain injury, including:
- Sports Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Violent Attacks and Crimes
- Child Abuse
- Basic Slips and Falls
- Playground Accidents
Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury
If you find yourself with any kind of injury, you absolutely need to seek medical help for those injuries. This is important not only for your health, but also to assure that you have received the right diagnosis. In order to be diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, you will need to go to a physician who will look for specific symptoms and conduct a variety of imaging tests that will allow them to get a closer look at the brain. The tests that are run will vary widely based on patient symptoms, but will almost definitely include neck and skull x-rays which will look for breaks or fractures, as well as a CT scan which will allow your physician to get a better look at more serious brain damage if it exists.
Legal Issues When It Comes to Traumatic Brain Injury
There is no doubt that if your brain injury was caused by another person’s actions or negligence, then you will have a right to seek compensation and possibly even head injury settlements. This means that you will need an attorney on your side who knows the law and is very familiar with this kind of personal injury. Make sure that when you look for an attorney, that they are not only a qualified personal injury attorney, but also one who has head injury claim experience.