What Makes a Brain Injury Severe?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are, as the name suggests, injuries to the brain (brain damage) that result from trauma.

After the brain is injured, the first few minutes are critical to recovery. Oftentimes, a severe injury to the brain is difficult to detect by those who are untrained – dizziness, lightheadedness, vision problems – could easily by explained away as dehydration or exhaustion.

These crucial mistakes could drastically influence the care of someone with a brain injury and ultimately lead to severe, permanent, and life-altering consequences. According to many studies, Mild traumatic brain injury is one of the most frequently missed diagnosis in the emergency department.

Confusion and fatigue are two symptoms that may indicate a concussive injury from a motor vehicle collision.
If you or someone you know is suffering from any brain injury, you should look to professionals to provide you with the best medical care.

The same should be for your legal representation. While you or your loved one’s health is always the number one priority, obtaining legal representation in a timely manner is also important. Brain trauma is a serious issue that warrants serious attorneys.

The Asheville-based attorneys at Fisher Stark will help you hold those responsible for any brain injury you or someone you know suffers by putting their knowledge and years of experience to work for you.

The attorneys at Fisher Stark have helped numerous clients suffering brain trauma and teaching juries the consequences of this often-misunderstood injury.

Contact us today in order to increase the odds of success in your brain injury case – call 828-505-4300 today.

Different Types of Head Injuries

Closed: Closed head injuries occur when the soft brain tissue strikes against the inside of the skull. This impact can cause bleeding, resulting in increased intra-cranial pressure, bruising, tissue damage, neurochemical changes and/or fluid buildup. The most common closed head injuries are concussions.

Penetrating: Penetrating injuries are the entry of any foreign object into the brain, such as blows that cause open fractures of the skull, gunshot wounds, etc., that result in damage to the neurological structure of the brain.

Anoxic: Anoxic brain damage occurs when there is a lack, or reduction of oxygen to the brain, to the point it causes brain cells to die. Injuries from anoxia can produce widespread effects throughout the brain. Anoxic brain injuries are most commonly results from poisoning, for example with carbon monoxide poisoning or drug overdose, vascular injury, or insult, or cardiac arrest.

Toxic: Toxic brain injury is caused by the ingestion or exposure to toxic chemical agents, which cross the blood-brain barrier to damage or kill brain cells. Some toxic substances include those used in chemotherapy, radiation treatment, drug therapies, or organ transplants. You could also be exposed to heavy metals such as lead and mercury, these heavy metals could be found in certain foods and food additives, pesticides, industrial and/or cleaning solvents. Symptoms may appear immediately or they may take time to appear.

How Brain Injuries Change You

It is common to hear survivors talk about how the think they are “going crazy”, and to feel totally confused and/or depressed. It is very difficult for them to understand the changes they are going through, and to cope with their suddenly altered abilities.

Physical Effects of Brain Injuries:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and motion sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Hypersensitivity to light, noise, touch, smell or taste
  • Sensitivity to crowds and busy environments

Mental Effects of Brain Injuries:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Increased or decreased sex drive
  • Heightened fears
  • Changes in temperament
  • Increased levels of fatigue

Individuals may experience problems in judgment or do things that were unlikely to do prior to their injury. This may include use of drugs or alcohol in a pattern very different from pre-injury use.

Asheville Brain Injury Lawyers: Trusted – Local – Experienced

The trial lawyers at Fisher Stark, P.A., are experienced with traumatic brain injuries. We work with the injured and their loved ones or caregivers as part of a team to help everyone navigate the injury’s impact.

We can also help take the stress off you. Leave the prosecution of the claim to us. You can then focus on getting better.

Let the local attorneys at Fisher Stark P.A. focus on your receiving full and fair compensation, while you focus on healing. Fisher Stark, P.A. serves Asheville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Candler, Canton, Brevard, Mills River, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Fletcher, Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Marshall, Sylva, Franklin, Highlands, Cashiers, and Murphy as well as other surrounding communities in Western North Carolina. For a free case evaluation, we invite you to call us at 828-505-4300 today.