The brain is central to a properly functioning body, so any brain injury can have dramatic consequences. At the Correll Law Firm, our clients come to us with a range of debilitating symptoms—and they need help. Fortunately, our Winchester brain injury attorney can seek compensation to cover medical care and other expenses. Reach out to our law firm today to learn more about your legal rights.
Types of Brain Injuries
Doctors classify brain injuries as either penetrating or closed:
- With a penetrating injury, some object penetrates the skull and damages brain tissue. An extreme example is someone shot in the head or struck with a pickaxe. Sometimes, a forceful accident can crack the skull.
- With a closed injury, the skull stays intact. However, brain tissue can still suffer injury due to violent shaking. Someone involved in a car accident who suffers whiplash might also suffer a closed brain injury. Closed injuries can also occur when oxygen or blood flow is cut off to the brain, leading to the death of brain tissue.
Both penetrating and closed injuries are serious and warrant immediate medical care. The challenge with a closed injury, however, is that a victim might not think anything is immediately wrong because they don’t see blood. We still encourage them to get to the hospital quickly.
The Causes of Brain Injuries
Our clients have suffered brain injuries in a variety of accidents, such as:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and falls
- Premises liability accidents
- Violent attacks
- Near-drowning incidents
Sometimes brain trauma is immediate. A person might feel dizzy or be literally unable to stand and move around. In other cases, bleeding and swelling in the brain actually causes damage, which builds up in the days following a crash.
Brain Injury Symptoms
Someone suffering a closed brain injury will probably first realize something is wrong when they begin to experience debilitating symptoms, such as:
- Severe headaches
- Loss of memory (short-term or long-term)
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty standing
- Lack of coordination
- Double vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep disruption
Many brain injuries cause a person to immediately pass out following the accident. Although this is a definite sign of brain trauma, many people suffer serious brain injuries even if they remain conscious.
Following any type of accident, pay close attention to how you feel. It is not unusual for a person’s condition to worsen over time. Please go to the hospital as soon as possible. If you suffer bleeding inside your skull, for example, you could die if the pressure is not relieved promptly.
How Brain Injuries Disrupt a Victim’s Life
Our clients repeatedly stress how difficult it is to go about daily life when suffering from a brain injury. Not all injuries are the same, but even a relatively mild concussion can impair a person’s life so that they don’t want to leave the house. They report feeling unsteady on their feet and exhausted or irritable. Even ordinary tasks—like bathing or cooking—can become impossible.
Consequently, many of our clients also cannot work. They might be unable to even sit at a desk and look at a computer screen for more than a few minutes at a time. In fact, many brain injury victims need a long break from computer use so that they can heal.
Brain injuries are stressful for the entire family. Many spouses and children express exhaustion, sometimes even anger, about how their households have been turned upside down following a brain injury. Some of them report that their spouse or parent is a completely different person.
Compensation for a Brain Injury
Fortunately, if someone is responsible for your brain injury, you can sue for compensation to cover a variety of expenses and losses. Let’s break down the different categories of damages that might be in play:
Medical expenses. Some serious brain injuries leave a person in a coma for years. They will need permanent nursing home care, which can cost over $100,000 a year. Others with moderate or mild injuries could need extensive rehabilitation to relearn how to walk, talk, and perform daily activities. Psychological counseling and prescription drugs might also be necessary.
Lost wages. Brain injuries often keep people out of the office for weeks if not months. Just as their medical bills explode, their income stream dries up. Fortunately, we can seek a sum of money to make up for these losses. And if your brain injury is permanent, we will request lost future income.
Property damage. If your car was damaged in a wreck, we can seek damages to repair or replace it.
Pain and suffering. Brain injuries often result in exhaustion, irritability, and difficulty engaging in hobbies or spending time with family. These types of losses are not economic—but they are very real. Virginia law clearly states that a victim can receive compensation for this suffering.
How Correll Law Can Help You
Our clients are usually unprepared to seek compensation on their own. The path to a fair settlement is long and winding, which is why hiring the right lawyer is a huge boost to your case.
Our Winchester brain injury lawyer can:
- Review the facts to determine whether you have a claim for compensation.
- Help document the accident, such as visiting the scene or recording your memories.
- Compile evidence to prove your medical expenses, lost income, and property damage.
- Interview witnesses who possess helpful information about the accident that injured you.
- Complete all claim paperwork and communicate with insurance companies.
- Negotiate a settlement that fully compensates you for your losses.
Give Our Law Firm a Call
There is no better time to begin the claims process than right now. At Correll Law Firm, our Winchester brain injury attorney understands how hard it is to get back to something resembling “normal.” This firm will do everything possible to secure compensation following an accident. To learn more about how this firm can help you, call us at 540-535-2005. We offer confidential, completely free consultations to help you get started.