Charleston Brain and Head Injury Attorney
Have you or a loved one suffered from a traumatic brain injury from an accident? The Charleston brain injury attorneys at Howell and Christmas, LLC want to help you.
Brain injuries, even “minor” ones, caused by accidents are very serious and can be catastrophic. Despite this fact, often times these injuries go undetected and medically untreated after an accident. While broken bones and open wounds are obvious to doctors that treat accident trauma victims, brain injuries are not always as easy for medical providers to diagnose or detect. Often times diagnostic tests such as an MRI or CT scan will not show minor shearing or tearing that may have occurred in the brain tissue as a result of the accident. Many times further testing, such as neuropsychological examinations, must be given to properly diagnose brain injuries. Whether the brain injury is caused by an obvious bleed on the brain or by something less obvious such as microscopic shearing, the medical bills for testing and treatment for these injuries can be very substantial.
It is also important to note that these injuries are sometimes ignored by the accident victim and their family and friends because the affects of a brain injury (e.g. difficulty with multitasking) are sometimes subtle and not easily identified as being caused by the accident. Sometimes the victim knows that something is wrong but is not able to report their symptoms properly due to the injury itself or because of fear that no one will believe their injuries because they cannot easily be seen.
While brain injuries can be hard to diagnose, there is no question that these injuries can seriously and adversely affect the quality of life for those that have them. The physical and economic damages and losses caused by accident and injury cases are usually very substantial. To begin with the brain injury can seriously restrict the victims ability to live their life with family, friends and work as they did before the accident. For example: many with brain injuries are limited at work after their accident or even worse not able to return to their jobs for reasons including, but not limited to, that they have problems with their short term and long term memory, have mood or personality changes that make them unable to deal with co-workers or the public or are debilitated by frequent and severe headaches. This alone can lead to significant damages by way of lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life. Furthermore, a brain injury can lead to other medical conditions such as depression and anxiety. Brain injuries can be caused by all types of trauma and/or exposure to toxins and other environmental factors.
Some signs to look for after a serious accident:
- Loss of consciousness
- Easily confused or irritated
- Difficulty multitasking
- Short term and/or memory loss
- Severe headaches
- Mood or personality change
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