Traumatic brain injuries are a factor in about one third of all fatal accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year, and more than 50,000 people die from these injuries while hundreds of thousands are hospitalized.
If this has happened to you or to a loved one, then you personally know the devastation caused by a brain injury, you know the physical and emotional pain suffered by the victim and his loved ones, and you know just how different the future looks now compared to how it looked prior to the injury.
Our experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorneys regularly represent people whose lives have been forever changed by brain injuries and we fight hard for the fair and just recovery of every single one of them.
Common Causes of Wisconsin Brain Injuries
A brain injury may occur after any type of accident. Our lawyers commonly represent people with brain injuries, or their survivors, after:
- Car accidents. Car accident victims may suffer from open head injuries, closed head injuries, direct impact injuries, and countercoup injuries because of the violent shaking of the brain against the skull during impact or because of the way the head hits an object during impact.
- Motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accident victims face the same risks as car accident victims and may suffer severe brain injuries because of the lack of protective metal and safety features on their bikes.
- Slip and fall accidents. Typically, slip and fall brain injuries occur when a person hits his head on the ground or another object during the fall. An injury can also occur if something sharp penetrates the skull when the victim falls.
- Medical malpractice. Many medical mistakes, including anesthesia errors and giving the wrong doses of medication, can lead to serious brain injuries.
When brain injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, then it is important to fight for the fair and just recovery you deserve.
Types of Brain Injuries Suffered in Wisconsin Accidents
Not all brain injuries are the same. Some common types of brain injuries suffered include:
- Hypoxia. This type of brain injury occurs when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain.
- Chemical damage. An accidental overdose of medication or the improper mixing of medications can lead to this type of brain injury.
- Open head injury. This occurs when an object penetrates the skull.
- Closed head injury. A closed head brain trauma occurs without anything penetrating the skull or touching the brain. Instead, it occurs when the head is violently shaken, such as during a car crash.
- Direct impact injury. A direct impact injury occurs when the head is hit or the head strikes an object. It is a common type of injury suffered in a motor vehicle crash.
- Contrecoup injury. A contrecoup brain injury occurs when there is damage to both sides of the brain. There is the initial impact injury (coup) and then injury on the opposite side from the initial impact (contrecoup). It is common when the brain rocks violently and is often seen in motor vehicle accident victims who suffer whiplash.
Regardless of which type of brain injury you experience, you may suffer similar side effects and have a challenging road to recovery.
Serious Side Effects Suffered by Wisconsin Brain Injury Victims
Every brain injury is unique, but there are distinct patterns of nervous system problems after damage to the brain. Some of these common side effects of brain injuries include:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Memory loss.
- Vision impairment.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Behavioral changes.
- Loss of motor function.
- Speech impairments.
The side effects that are suffered will depend on the area of the brain that was hurt and how it was hurt. Any of these side effects—or any other changes that you experience—should be promptly reported to your doctor.
The Road Ahead for Wisconsin Brain Injury Victims and Their Families
The steps that you take after a brain injury will have important consequences for your physical and legal recoveries. Specifically, it is going to be important to:
- See the right medical professionals. This may include a neurologist, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, neuropharmacologist, neuroradiologist, physiatrist, or other medical professional.
- Get the right tests. Often, your doctors will suggest imaging scans such as a CT scan, a SPECT, or an MRI so they can accurately diagnosis your brain injury and develop the right treatment plan.
- Know what to expect during your recovery. There is no fixed timeline for a brain injury recovery. Everyone heals at a different rate and has a different prognosis. It is important to be open to rehabilitative therapies, to ask questions of your doctors, and to ask for help from friends, families, and specialists.
- Know what to expect during a brain injury lawsuit. Understanding the process can make the journey less intimidating.
- Understand the types of damages that you may be able to recover in a brain injury lawsuit. It is important to know why you are pursuing a legal recovery.
All of these things can guide you on the road to recovery, but it is important to also involve your family and friends in the recovery process.
Tips for Family Members and Caregivers of Wisconsin Brain Injury Patients
Relatives, friends, and other caregivers play an important role in their loved one’s recovery. You may be struggling emotionally if your loved one is significantly different than he was before his injury. It is important for you to:
- Make note of behavioral changes and report them to your loved one’s doctor.
- Try to stay calm, and not be offended by your loved one’s words or actions.
- Encourage your loved through this difficult time.
You also need to take time to take care of yourself. This may be one of the most important things that you can do as a relative or friend, because you need to be healthy and strong to take care of your loved one.
We Would be Pleased to Help You After a Wisconsin Brain Injury
Everyone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence should recover fair damages for the significant, often life-changing, injury that they suffered. Our attorneys have more than 170 years of combined experience helping personal injury victims get the recoveries that they deserve. Find out more about how we work by ordering our FREE DVD of three Insider Exclusive TV episodes now.
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