Millions of people suffer from brain injuries every year, and many of them are right here in Oklahoma. Serious brain injuries are not only physically devastating, they can financially cripple accident victims and families. No brain injury should ever be considered minor, and even a small concussion can result in significant changes to a person’s life.
If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury in an accident that was the fault of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Cain Law Office, our dedicated Oklahoma brain injury attorney can help you fight for the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, long-term care expenses, lost income, and other losses.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and let us fight for you.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when there is a sudden and shocking blow to the head. A TBI can also occur when the skull is pierced with an object that penetrates into brain tissue. Each type of injury is very serious.
When a person suffers a brain injury, they may experience several symptoms. Brain injury cases are particularly difficult, as the symptoms can vary from patient to patient.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The brain can become injured any time something hits the head or the head hits against another object. When something penetrates the skull, the brain can also be injured. The most common causes of TBIs include:
- Slip and fall accidents: When people slip on dangerous property, they often fall to the ground and hit their heads. This can result in brain injuries such as concussions.
- Car accidents: There are many points of contact where accident victims can hit their heads during a crash, including the dashboard, windows, and the pavement. Loose objects in the car and broken glass can also cause penetration injuries.
- Trucking accidents: Trucking accidents are some of the worst on Oklahoma’s roads. Accident victims can suffer the same types of TBIs in a truck accident that they would in a car accident. However, the severity of injuries after a trucking accident are typically far greater.
- Pedestrian accidents: Pedestrians have little protection when a motor vehicle crashes into them. They may hit their head on the vehicle or the ground, and they may suffer penetration injuries from broken glass.
- Motorcycle/bicycle accidents: A motorcycle or bicycle helmet is not always enough to protect a biker’s head in the event of a crash. When cars crash into motorcycle or bike riders, head injuries are common.
- Workplace/construction site accidents: Some workplaces are very dangerous. Workers on construction sites can fall from a height, become caught in equipment, or suffer other injuries that result in a TBI. While construction sites are particularly hazardous work areas, no one is immune to accidents on the job.
When a severe head injury results from any of these accidents, an Oklahoma brain injury attorney can help accident victims pursue the compensation they need to recover.
Common Brain Injury Symptoms
There are many symptoms associated with brain injuries. Some patients will experience a wide range of symptoms, while others may experience only a few. In some cases, accident victims don’t experience any symptoms, and therefore don’t realize how significantly they are injured.
The most common brain injury symptoms include:
- Persistent headaches
- Problems with coordination
- Memory issues
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sensitivity to light
- Vision problems
- Personality changes
Anyone who has been in an accident and experiences these symptoms must seek medical attention right away. Due to the fact that these symptoms are not always present with a TBI, it’s recommended that victims always see a doctor if they have hit their head in an accident.
Treatment for TBI
Although traumatic brain injuries are serious, there is treatment available. Treatment for TBIs will depend on the severity of the injury and what part of the brain was affected.
Rest: Mild TBIs, such as mild concussions, often don’t require any treatment. With rest and reducing activities, a person can often make a full recovery. When a person returns to work or other normal activities too soon after sustaining a mild TBI, recovery takes much longer. Typically, a doctor must confirm that someone is able to gradually return to their normal activities after suffering a mild TBI.
Emergency treatment: When a TBI is the result of an accident, such as a car crash, victims often need emergency medical treatment. This can involve removing blood clots, repairing fractures to the skull, or relieving pressure that has built up in the skull.
Medication: In some cases, TBIs don’t require any medication. In others, doctors may prescribe medication if there is a chance of blood clots or seizures. When a person is depressed, anxious, or experiencing mood changes, a doctor may also prescribe an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. Stimulants are also sometimes prescribed to increase alertness and prevent a person from falling asleep, which can be fatal with a head injury.
Therapy: Doctors may also prescribe certain types of therapy after a TBI. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are just a few types that doctors may recommend to help a person function normally after a brain injury.
Pursuing a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit
In Oklahoma, there are two main types of compensation accident victims can pursue in a personal injury claim. These are economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages can be thought of as any expense you pay out-of-pocket. These can include medical expenses, lost income, therapy costs, prescription medication costs, and even travel expenses to and from your doctor’s office.
Non-economic damages are the non-monetary losses you have sustained. These damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and other damages.
These are just a few of the most common types of compensation sought in personal injury claims. An experienced brain injury attorney can help you understand the full extent of your losses and provide a fair value for your claim.
When Should You Hire a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney?
If your head injury was very minor and did not result in medical bills or negatively impact your life, you may not need an attorney. However, there are times when you need an attorney by your side. These include when:
- Your injury required extensive medical treatment, including surgery.
- You are unable to work.
- Your injury resulted in significant memory loss, chronic headaches, or personality changes.
- Your injury is a permanent disability.
- You now rely on daily living assistance.
- Your injury has had a significant impact on you or your loved ones.
If someone else was at fault for your accident, you should not hesitate to speak to an Oklahoma brain injury attorney in a free consultation.
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney Now
If you’ve suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident that was the fault of someone else, do not wait to contact one of our Oklahoma brain injury lawyers. At the Cain Law Office, we know how devastating these injuries are, and we want to help make it right. We fight for the rights of accident victims and hold liable parties accountable, demanding the full amount of compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been hurt, call us today or fill out our online form for your free consultation, and learn more about what we can do for you.