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Few injuries pose greater threats to a person’s physical, financial, and emotional well-being than those involving the brain, especially traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that can be caused by preventable accidents, or the result of medical negligence.
As a firm with a proven success record in brain injury cases across Raleigh and the state of North Carolina, our attorneys at Edwards Kirby know these injuries can result in profound and permanent consequences for victims and their loved ones, if not death. It’s why we’re dedicated to helping clients navigate their legal journeys toward the financial recovery they deserve.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries can occur in different ways, including:
- Oxygen Deprivation: Brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation, known as anoxic brain injuries, are characteristic of swimming or diving accidents, medical negligence (including surgical errors and anesthesia errors), and birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.
- Trauma: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a form of acquired brain injuries, meaning they are not hereditary or present at birth. Most TBIs result from blunt force trauma to the head, such as head injuries in motor vehicle or motorcycle accidents, truck collisions, construction or workplace accidents, and falls.
- Non-Impact Injuries: Though many TBIs result from blunt force trauma, they can also occur without any direct impact to the head; sudden force that causes the brain to accelerate and decelerate within the skull can be enough to damage brain tissue. Non-impact brain injuries are common in auto accidents where victims suffer whiplash, as well as industrial accidents involving explosions.
- Exposure to Toxic Substances or Electricity: Brain injuries can be caused by exposure to toxic substances, including environmental or workplace exposure, defective products, and unsafe medications. In some cases, electric shock and electrocution can cause neurologic and neuropsychological symptoms or fatal brain damage, particularly if a victim also suffered from oxygen deprivation.
How Are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Classified?
Brain injuries can be generally classified into one of three categories: mild, moderate, and severe. While such terms may cause a person to believe a “mild” TBI will result in less severe symptoms, that is not always the case.
When used to describe TBI, the words “mild,” “moderate,” and “severe” refer to the severity of the initial injury, rather than the resulting symptoms. Because brain injuries are notoriously unpredictable and affect people differently, even “mild” TBIs can have serious and lasting effects.
- Mild TBI: Mild TBIs (commonly known as “concussions”) are the most common form of brain injuries, and are typically diagnosed in individuals who experience loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes, and amnesia / memory loss for less than 24 hours. Still, mTBIs can occur with no loss of consciousness (LOC), post-traumatic amnesia (PTA), or immediate symptoms.
- Moderate TBI: Traumatic brain injuries classified as “moderate” involve loss of consciousness for at least 30 minutes, but less than 24 hours, and post-traumatic amnesia for less than 7 days. Moderate TBIs can also be identified by transient changes in the brain visible in imaging tests such as CT scans and MRIs.
- Severe TBI: Severe TBIs are those where victims suffer loss of consciousness for more than 24 hours, post-traumatic amnesia for more than seven days, and positive, lasting abnormalities visible in brain imaging tests. Severe TBI victims have lower scores on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), a TBI severity classification system which grades a person’s level of consciousness on a scale of 3-15. Severe TBIs can be caused by impact or non-impact injuries, and penetration injuries, and may result in profound disabilities, coma / vegetative state, or death.
Brain Injury Symptoms & Damages
Regardless of their classification, all brain injuries have the potential to change the brain in unpredictable ways, and result in long-term or permanent symptoms that inhibit a victim’s ability to perform daily tasks or live an independent life. Though symptoms vary widely from case to case, brain injury victims can experience many different cognitive, emotional, and physical symptoms.
- Cognitive / Mental: Confusion or disorientation, decreased executive function (i.e. problem solving, organization), decreased awareness and processing abilities, and problems with concentration or memory.
- Emotional / Psychological: Mood and behavioral changes, apathy (decreased motivation), impulsiveness, dependent behavior, anxiety, anger, depression, and PTSD.
- Physical / Sensory: Paralysis and weakness, balance problems, headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue or drowsiness, sleeping difficulties, increased sensitivity to light or sound, and changes to hearing, vision, or smell – including blurred or double vision, total vision loss, visual field loss (hemianopia), diminished sense of taste or smell (anosmia), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and problems with speech (aphasia).
While brain injuries can affect victims in radically different ways, many of the symptoms associated with TBI can and often do affect entire families who must bear additional burdens, financial expenses, and emotional suffering. Helping victims and their loved ones cope with life after a preventable brain injury – and providing justice to families who have suffered due to a loved one’s wrongful death – demands full and fair compensation from at-fault parties.
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Brain injuries cases can be challenging to litigate, as can the accurate assessment of injury severity treatment options, long-term prognosis, and impact on the quality of life for the victim and their family. Despite these challenges, Edwards Kirby has demonstrated an ability to help plaintiffs in complex brain injury and brain damage cases prevail against the negligent parties who caused them harm.
Much of our success in this arena is owed to the extensive experience of our award-winning legal team, as well as our deep resources and professional connections with medical experts and staff who help diagnose victims, evaluate their prognoses and future needs, and testify on industry-specific standards when claims allege deviations in the standard of care. Our team also works closely with economists, rehabilitation therapists, and nursing / medical professionals to determine future medical needs and expenses.
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