Besides our health, our brains are one of our most prized possessions. However, your life can be seriously altered when the brain is injured.
While dealing with a brain injury is difficult, you can get compensation for your injuries to see you through treatment. Some brain injuries might only require a limited amount of medical care to fully recover, while others might need some form of treatment for life. It is important to get medical care if you exhibit signs and symptoms of a brain injury to prevent the damage from becoming permanent.
If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury, our brain injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need to help heal. For a free case assessment, call Howe Law at (844) 876-4357.
Common Types of Brain Injuries that Occur in Mississippi
Brain injuries in Mississippi are no trifling matter. Even “minor” brain injuries can cause severe and long-lasting damage. Brain injuries can present a wide range of signs and symptoms, but there is usually some evidence that a victim has suffered a brain injury. If you were injured in an accident, you should seek medical care as a general rule, especially when your head is impacted during the accident. Some brain injuries might not be noticed just after an accident, which can lead to serious detrimental effects if left untreated. Our brain injury attorneys can review your claim and adapt the right legal strategies for the brain injuries involved.
One of the most common brain injuries that most people are familiar with is concussions. Concussions are common in accidents involving high impacts, like car accidents and slip and falls. A concussion occurs when the brain hits the interior wall of the skull, causing bruising, swelling, and internal bleeding in severe cases.
Just because concussions are common does not mean they should be taken lightly. It is critical to get medical care if there is a possibility you sustained a concussion. Many concussion victims will experience nausea, vomiting, memory loss, and sensitivity to light after being injured. In some cases, these signs and symptoms might take hours or days to appear, and permanent damage can be done if not treated immediately. In the worst cases, a concussion victim can slip into a coma from which they might not wake. However, victims can recover from a concussion relatively quickly with the proper medical care.
Intracranial Contusions and Hematomas
Intracranial hematomas and contusions are brain injuries that result from an underlying concussion injury. When the brain hits the skull in an accident, it can cause contusions, which are bruises that cause bleeding in the brain. If the bleeding is not treated, the buildup will cause intracranial hematomas. This can eventually lead to blot clots and seizures and is life-threatening in most cases. Intracranial bleeding could be slow and take days or weeks to build up before you notice. These brain injuries share many signs and symptoms you would observe in a concussion victim. So, if you are experiencing the early effects of intracranial hematomas and contusions, get medical care immediately.
Diffuse Axonal Brain Injuries
Diffuse axonal brain injuries are another type of brain injury a person can suffer at the hands of another. These brain injuries are like concussions but much more severe. Diffuse axonal brain injuries occur when the brain impacts the skull, but the force is such that it causes tearing in the brain’s neural connectors. This can have life-altering effects on a victim’s life. While surgeries can repair these neural connections, some victims might require life-long treatment.
Hypoxic and Anoxic Brain Injuries
Although hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries are not always the result of trauma to the brain, they are no less serious. When a person gets oxygen to the brain but not enough to keep the brain functioning normally, it is known as hypoxia. Anoxic brain injuries occur when the brain is prevented from getting any oxygen at all. The damage that these types of brain injuries can do is often life-altering. If the brain is deprived of oxygen for too long, the results can be deadly.
Lastly, a coup-contrecoup injury is a concussion-like brain injury in which the force of an impact causes the brain to impact one side of the skull, then bounce back and impact the other side. Thus, two sides of the brain are injured instead of only one side. This can make treatment and recovery more difficult and increases the chances of other brain injuries developing. Our brain injury attorneys can help determine the compensation you deserve based on the brain injuries you suffered.
Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury in Mississippi
The brain is a highly complex organ with numerous interdependent parts. Injuring one part of the brain can have effects that seriously impair a person’s motor skills or memory, while injuring other parts of the brain might affect coordination or the senses. When someone suffers a brain injury, there are many signs and symptoms that might appear indicating so. If you were involved in an accident and are exhibiting any of these indicators, get medical treatment as soon as possible:
- Impaired motor skills
- Loss of sensory perception
- Memory loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Full or partial paralysis
- Tingling sensations
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of appetite
- Lack of focus
- Difficulty remembering words or details
- Changes in character or behavior
- Mood swings
- Diminished mental capacity
- Problems communicating
- Spinal pain
Some of these symptoms will be obvious and present just after being injured, while other signs might not show for some time. This is why you should not gamble with your health and receive medical care after being injured in an accident. Our brain injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve from the party responsible for your injuries.
Common Treatments Brain Injury Victims Might Need in Mississippi
Although brain injuries should not be taken lightly, many victims can successfully recover with the right medical treatment. If your brain injuries were minor, like a typical concussion, you might only need a few treatments to recover fully. More serious brain injuries will often require surgeries and extended periods of physical and other types of therapy. The following are common treatments brain injury victims might require in Mississippi:
- Brain surgery
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Speech therapy
- Psychological therapy and counseling
Medical care like the ones above can be extremely expensive and, in some cases, necessary for the foreseeable future. Our brain injury attorneys can help determine the best options to get compensation for the treatments you need.
Our Mississippi Brain Injury Attorneys Can Help
Our brain injury attorneys are dedicated to getting our clients the compensation they are entitled to. Contact Howe Law today (844) 876-4357 for a free case review.