Brain injuries can be serious

Many Kentucky residents know someone who has had a brain injury. A brain injury can be mild, but many times they are serious. There are many different ways a person can suffer a brain injury.

Every day over 100 Americans die from a brain injury. A brain injury is caused by an impact to the brain, usually a severe blow to the head. There are many ways a person can suffer a severe brain injury. One of the more common ways is in a car accident. Other ways include sports injuries, falls, explosions, domestic violence, workplace accidents and medical malpractice situations.

It is important for people to understand the symptoms of brain injuries. The symptoms can include a severe headache, drowsiness, weakness in arms or legs, numbness, slurred speech, dizziness, vomiting and loss of consciousness. Any of these symptoms can mean a person is suffering from a brain injury. Treatment for a brain injury can be as simple as a painkiller and rest, to surgery, rehabilitation and other more extensive treatment. A serious brain injury can adversely affect victims for the rest of their lives, requiring them to have medical care, rehabilitation and help with daily living skills.

If a person's brain injury was due to negligence, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can review the situation regarding the brain injury and help determine what happened to cause it. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Brain injury symptoms and diagnosis", accessed on Feb. 5, 2018

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