North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Most people are unfamiliar with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs have, however, recently received more attention in the media because of the National Football League. The reality is that these injuries have been on the rise for a long time and they are only now getting the attention they deserve. If you or a family member have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, it is important to speak with a North Carolina traumatic brain injury lawyer from Paynter Law for guidance.
These injuries are physically and emotionally debilitating, and all too common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010, there were 2.5 million hospital visits and deaths related to traumatic brain injuries. Over the past decade, the CDC reports that emergency room visits for TBIs have increased over 70%.
A traumatic brain injury is often accompanied by:
- A loss of consciousness; and/or
- Loss of memory surrounding the incident; and/or
- Neurological issues that can be transient or long-lasting.
The term “traumatic brain injury” includes a very wide variety of symptoms that can range from being a little dazed and confused, to a loss of consciousness and even death.
Diagnosing a TBI can be difficult in many cases. When a victim is assessed in the emergency room, a standard protocol is used for their diagnosis. Usually, a CT scan and the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) are used for this purpose. Using the GCS involves assessing a patient’s eye-opening responses, motor skills, and verbal skills. The combination of these will provide a score which will give the doctors a better idea of the severity of the injury. A CT scan is a diagnostic imaging test which shows the structure of the brain and can detect a mechanical injury such as a brain bleed.
The problem with all this, however, is that these tests are only part of the puzzle. While a serious TBI can be readily apparent given the standard medical tests, a mild or moderate injury is often undetected and can go undiagnosed. All the while, the victim can be suffering from a myriad of symptoms. This is why it is so important to speak with a North Carolina traumatic brain injury lawyer from our team. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries including your medical expenses, lost time from work, and pain and suffering.
The Undiagnosed TBI
A TBI is generally considered mild to moderate if the victim loses consciousness or experiences disorientation for 30 minutes or less. Although the injury is categorized as mild to moderate, the TBI and its symptoms shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is estimated that 15% of people with a TBI may suffer symptoms for up to one year after the initial injury. This is known as post-concussive syndrome.
Common symptoms of a TBI can include:
- Memory loss;
- Visual problems;
- Sleep problems;
- Poor concentration; and
- Emotional disturbances.
Traumatic brain injuries are difficult for the person suffering from the injury and also for friends and family members. In addition to the symptoms above, TBIs can also be accompanied by changes in mood, behavior, and personality. It is important for victims and their family and friends to seek help and support to understand how to identify and cope with these changes.
Head trauma can occur in a variety of ways including a direct impact to the head as well as just the sheer force of having your head jolted back and forth or side to side. If you have suffered a head trauma, you could have a TBI even though your CT scan and other diagnostic tests say that you are okay. These injuries should be taken seriously. If your injury was due to the negligence of another party, it is important to speak with one of our experienced North Carolina traumatic brain injury attorneys to ensure that your rights are protected.
Suffering from an injury accident is a devastating experience. We understand that you are still recovering from your injuries and may be unable to work and care for your family while the living expenses and medical costs keep piling up. We are here to help you pursue compensation for your injuries so you can get back to living your life. Call us today for a free consultation.