Head injuries are a common result of car accidents and traffic accidents involving motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians where negligence or misconduct has occurred. These injuries may be external or internal, where the brain is injured to some extent, from a minor concussion from which the injured person will make a full recovery to permanent injuries involving brain damage. Symptoms and the effects of head injuries can occur immediately or take hours or even days to develop. That is why anyone who sustains a head injury in an accident should seek medical attention and should be supervised for several days so that prompt medical care can be sought should symptoms begin to manifest.
A head injury can be an injury to the scalp, the skull, or the brain. Even in cases where the skull is not fractured, the brain can be injured through the forces involved in an acceleration, an impact or a blow to the head. This can cause bleeding in the brain and in the tissues surrounding the brain, which can lead to hemorrhages or to swelling and pressure within the skull. These secondary injuries can add significantly to the damage caused from the initial injury which occurred at the time of the accident or event.
Head and brain injuries can have devastating and long-term consequences for the victim. These can range from physical to emotional to behavioral to cognitive problems from which the injured person may or may not recover. A common result of brain injuries are concussions and comas. Concussions may be mild to severe, involving a range of effects, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, loss of balance or coordination, fatigue, confusion, and more.
Those with more severe brain injuries may experience a resulting loss of short-term or long-term memory, problems concentrating or directing attention, muscle weakness, speech problems, emotional disorders, cognitive disabilities, personality changes, social ineptness, agitation, restlessness, loss of motor skills, listlessness, and more. In the worst injury cases, the victim may never recover consciousness or may be rendered helpless, immobile, and totally dependent on others for every personal need.
A brain injury requires immediate and intensive medical care to help prevent further damage from the initial trauma. Beyond this, the brain-injured may require months or years of rehabilitative treatment to restore physical and mental function. Their recovery may require a team of specialists, from neurosurgeons to physical therapists to psychologists and more, working together to bring about positive results. How, when, or if a victim may recover will depend on the nature and severity of the injury, what care was obtained at the time of the trauma, and other pertinent facts, including the overall health of the person at the time of the injury.
Because of the catastrophic effects that a head injury can cause, victims and their families may need extensive medical resources long into the future. This will often be combined with the injured person's inability to work and resulting loss of earnings, the distress, pain, and suffering of the victim and his or her family, as well as other out-of-pocket expenses incurred throughout the days or months following such an injury.
At the Law Offices of Haleh Shekarchian, we are well attuned to the difficulties faced by injury victims and their families. We are prepared to handle all of the legal details necessary to present an effective injury claim to the insurance company that will provide maximum benefits. Where such claims do not result in a settlement that is commensurate with the injuries, our firm will aggressively litigate on behalf of the victim through the courts. We have achieved many favorable case results in this field, including millions of dollars in recovery compensation for our clients throughout our more than 20 years of practice.