Every year in America, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injury (TBI) related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits. You don't have to be traveling at a high rate of speed or to strike a hard object in order to suffer a TBI. Serious brain injuries can result from falls, car accidents, sports activities, and work-related accidents. Any kind of trauma to the head or neck region can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear, or swell.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident, our Blau & Kriege attorneys — also known as the Truck Crash Guys — are here to help. Our offices are conveniently located in Cold Spring, Kentucky, just 6 traffic lights south of the Northern Kentucky University school entrance. We represent and serve clients throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area.
There are two general types of head injuries: open and closed. An open injury means the skull has been fractured. This kind of brain injury usually results from falls or other accident in which the head comes in direct contact with a hard surface or object. A closed head injury doesn't involve a fracture but can be more serious than an open injury, due to the possibility of brain swelling and the formation of dangerous blood clots inside the skull.
Whether a brain injury is open or closed, the most serious of either type can cause paralysis, loss of consciousness, and even death.
Soon after an accident or injury, it may be difficult to know whether you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, especially when no visual indications of serious injury exist. Here are some things to look out for when evaluating an accident victim's potential for brain injuries:
If any of the above symptoms are present soon after an accident or injury, you should seek immediate medical attention. It’s even possible to suffer from a brain injury and still feel fine. Some victims have suffered serious brain injuries in an automobile accident, yet have been able to get out of their car and direct traffic away from the scene. If there is any question at all whether a brain injury could have occurred in an accident, it’s critical to go to the nearest hospital for a thorough medical evaluation.
Bruising of the brain is a common injury that results from automobile accidents, falls, and sport-related accidents. The force involved in such occurrences can force the brain forward and then backward, or vice versa. The force can cause bruising in some areas and bleeding in others.
Another common effect of trauma to the brain is called tearing. The force of a collision can cause tearing. Tearing is similar to what happens if a block of ice were to be struck with a hammer: small cracks form, yet the block remains intact. The nerve system of the brain is usually damaged and depending on the areas in which this occurs, the injury can cause serious impairment of bodily functions.
When the brain suffers the type of trauma described above, swelling usually occurs. The body's natural healing processes cause swelling, but the problem with swelling of the brain is that there is no room for the brain to migrate. What results is called intracranial pressure, which can be deadly or cause severe impairment of body functions.
Especially after a serious accident, TBI victims may need financial assistance in treating the injury and in continuing with their life. Medical evaluation of the degree of an individual's impairment can have a huge impact on the level of compensation the individual will receive, from all sources. Medical evaluation will also have an impact on findings such as:
The medical evaluation should include the significant changes an individual will undergo as he or she progresses through acute hospitalization, then returns to the home and community. An individual will likely experience the best possible outcome with rehabilitation that offers an interdisciplinary approach and coordinated care.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident, and you believe that someone else may be at fault for what happened, you may be entitled to a legal remedy for the harm. Consulting an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to protect your legal rights.
Should you decide to pursue a legal claim, your attorney may proceed under two distinct legal theories in order to prove that you were injured because of someone else's carelessness. Under a "negligence" theory of liability, your attorney will seek to prove that someone owed you a legal duty of reasonable care, failed to fulfill that duty, and caused you to suffer injury as a result. A negligence theory of liability is used most often when someone's action or inaction was the main cause the injury, as opposed to a product or piece of equipment. If a product caused the injury, you may wish to purse a claim under a product liability legal theory.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident in the Northern Kentucky Greater Cincinnati area, you need an attorney from this area to help you. Blau & Kriege is located right off of 275 on Alexandria Pike (US 27) just south of NKU in Cold Spring, KY. Learn more about our fees in brain injury cases and why clients choose us. Contact us for a free consultation to learn your legal options and protect your rights. CALL TODAY: 859-441-5400