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      Brain Injuries

      AN INJURY THAT CAN IMPACT YOUR ENTIRE FUTURE

      Brain injuries can cause devastating long-term effects. A brain injury can range from mild to traumatic. In addition, the term “brain injury” can refer to either a closed or open head injury. These injuries are known to affect the brain and cause impairment in either one or multiple areas.

      Brain injury patients sometimes need long term care including in-home therapy, rehabilitation, and medication.

      If you have been in an accident or situation that caused a brain injury, call Hughes & Coleman today for a FREE consultation. Our team of experienced brain injury attorneys are ready to work for you to help get the compensation you deserve.

      There are many types of brain injuries. Some forms exhibit symptoms right away while others do not immediately present evidence of injury. Either way, it is important to seek medical care immediately if you think that you may have a brain injury.

      Some of the most common brain injuries include:

       

      • Traumatic Brain Injury
      • Concussion
      • Coma
      • Internal bleeding around the brain
      • Contusions
      • Skull fractures
      • Permanent impairment
      • Hematoma near or on the brain

       

      WHAT CAUSES BRAIN INJURIES?

      Brain injuries can occur in various situations.

      Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:

      • Domestic violence
      • Vehicular accidents
      • Sports accidents
      • Falls
      • SBS or Shaken Baby Syndrome
      • Military or combat injuries

       

      BRAIN INJURIES NOT ALWAYS EASY TO RECOGNIZE

      A mild brain injury will usually have symptoms that only last a couple of minutes or a couple of hours at a time, but can persist for weeks. These types of injuries can occur from a small fall or even a minor car accident.

       

      A brain injury that is considered moderate or even severe can lead to unconsciousness. This unconscious state can last for an unknown period of time and can take days, weeks, or months.

      Typically, a severe brain injury can include a:

      • Vegetative state
      • Coma
      • Semi-consciousness
      • Inability to move or speak
      • Paralysis of the body

       

      Brain injuries can lead to fatalities well after the inciting incident, so it is important that you receive medical attention even if you are unsure whether or not you need it. In many brain injury cases a patients symptoms do not show up until days later. If you or someone you know has suffered a blow to the head contact a doctor immediately if any of the following symptoms develop.

      Physical Symptoms:

      • Dizziness
      • Nausea and vomiting
      • Confusion
      • Loss of balance
      • Blurred vision
      • Headaches
      • Drowsiness

      Mental/Cognitive Symptoms:

      • Intermittent disorientation
      • Poor judgment
      • Amnesia
      • Poor concentration
      • Short-term memory loss

      Emotional Symptoms:

      • Depression
      • Apathy
      • Personality changes
      • Sleep disruption
      • Agitation
      • Confrontational attitude
      • Impatience
      • Appetite disturbances
      • Irritability
      • Explosive temper
      • Fearfulness

       

      Seeking treatment immediately after an injury to the head can protect against developing long term impairments. The following list of symptoms and impairments can persist for years following an injury.

      Persistent Intellectual Impairments

      • Memory problems
      • Difficulty concentrating
      • Attention Difficulties
      • Easily Distracted
      • Misplacing or difficulty tracking things
      • Difficulty making decisions
      • Difficulty solving problems
      • Difficulty understanding spoken instructions
      • Difficulty understanding written instructions
      • Difficulty finding words
      • Difficulty communicating thoughts / feelings
      • Unintentionally repeating the same remarks
      • Unintentionally repeating same activities
      • Stuttering or stammering
      • Difficulties doing simple math
      • Impaired abstraction or literalness
      • Mental rigidity
      • Deficits in processing information
      • Deficits in sequencing information
      • Difficulty executing or doing things
      • Difficulty starting or initiating things
      • Difficulty handling work requirements
      • Difficulty handling school requirements
      • Having to check and re-check what you do
      • Disoriented by slight changes in daily routine
      • Unsure about things that you know well
      • Difficulty learning new things
      • Doing things slowly to insure correctness
      • Decreased capacity for reality testing
      • Impaired ability to appreciate details
      • Impaired ability to benefit from experience
      • Inappropriate responses to people & things
      • Difficulty taking care of your self
      • Difficulty taking care of children

       

      Psychological Consequences

      • Impaired sense of self
      • Fear of loss of control
      • Easily agitated or irritated
      • Easily startled
      • Feelings of paranoia
      • Spells of terror or panic
      • Feelings of depression
      • Feelings of shame or guilt
      • Persistent anxiety
      • Anxiousness or feelings of fear and dread
      • Feelings of discouragement
      • Withdrawal or social isolation
      • Feeling others not appreciating your difficulties
      • Feeling everything is an effort
      • Feeling inept or worthless
      • Laughing or crying without apparent cause
      • Worrisome thoughts won’t leave your mind
      • Making up explanations for things
      • Insensitive to others and social context
      • Diminished insight Persistent Mood Disorders
      • Mood swings
      • Having urges to beat, injure or harm someone
      • Shouting or throwing things
      • Temper outbursts that you could not control

       

      Persistent Physiological Impairments

      • Heart pounding or racing Rapid pulse
      • Headaches or head pains
      • Increased blood pressure Increased sensitivity to touch
      • Ringing in ears Easily fatigued
      • Numbness or tingling in parts of your body
      • Weakness or loss of strength
      • Feeling tense or keyed up
      • Restlessness, unable to sit still
      • Lessened ability to perform physically
      • Decreased tolerance for alcohol and drugs
      • Appetite disturbances
      • Trouble falling asleep
      • Awakening during the night
      • Sleep that is restless or disturbed
      • Persistent Personality Alterations
      • Passivity, or submissiveness
      • Aggressiveness
      • Apathy, lack of interest or emotion
      • Overly sensitive
      • Discouragement or demoralization
      • Increased emotional distress
      • Chronic frustration
      • Grandiosity or boastfulness
      • Excessively talkative
      • Compulsive writing
      • Egocentricity
      • Childishness
      • Silliness
      • Overly responsible
      • Irresponsibility
      • Impulsively
      • Self-indulgent
      • Indiscreet comments and acts
      • Obscene comments or acts
      • Increased sexual activity
      • Decreased sexual activity
      • Increased shame or guilt
      • Religiosity
      • Persistent neurological problems
      • Sense of observing yourself from afar
      • Altered consciousness
      • Slowed reaction time
      • Smelling odors that others do not smell
      • Hearing music that others do not hear
      • Making up explanations for things
      • Sensitivity to temperature shifts
      • Seeing dark spots before your eyes
      • Blurred vision, especially when fatigued
      • Double vision especially when fatigued
      • Diminished night vision
      • Difficulty relaxing
      • Twitching
      • Sensitivity to sound or noise
      • Sensitivity to light

       

      RECOVERY TYPICALLY TAKES TIME

      Recovery for a brain injury can take a lot of time. Hughes & Coleman is ready to help you though the process and fight for your rights and compensation.

      In some cases, brain injuries can mean extended time bedridden or in a wheelchair.  When you enter into recovery, depending on the severity of your brain injury, you may have to re-learn how to walk, talk, and even eat.

       

      HOW HUGHES & COLEMAN CAN HELP YOU

      A brain injury may cause huge financial strains and could even impact your ability to work and earn a living. Some brain injury victims who are primary income earners of the household have had to allow their spouse to both care for them as well as provide income for the household.

      Hughes & Coleman is ready to work with you and provide you with the representation you need. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to working with you throughout the entire process.

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