Brain Injury – Overview
People are more vulnerable to brain injury than you might expect. Trauma can cause a blow, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head, and can result in a person losing normal brain function. Sadly, a brain injury to the brain stem, spinal cord, or brain itself is too-often the result of a personal injury accident.
Because brain injuries are dangerous to quality of life, laws should seek to protect the rights of the injured. Brain injuries may result from car accidents or other traumatic events. In the case of car accidents, brain injury can occur when as a result of a wreck, the brain hits the back (contrecoup) and the front (coup) of the skull. When this happens, the hard skull can damage the soft tissue of the brain.
This occurrence can cause various injuries in the brain – from puncture wounds and hemorrhaging to the compacting, stretching or breaking of neurons. Because delicate neurons are responsible for conveying information within the brain, damage to these cells can impair thinking as well as other body functions.
Common TBI Symptoms
Are you suffering from TBI? If so, know that trauma to the brain can affect people in various ways. Common symptoms of TBI include the following:
- Memory Loss
- Headaches/Head Pain
- Photophobia (oversensitivity to light)
- Phonophobia (oversensitivity to sound)
- Increased Irritability
- Decreased Concentration
- Decreased Organizational Skills
- Cognitive Fatigue (more prone to mental mistakes)
- Sleep loss
- Hearing Loss
Washington Brain Injury Law
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, 1.7 million people in the United States suffer from traumatic brain injuries and many more suffer from concussions. If you have suffered a brain injury, you may have the right to legal compensation.
Among states enacting protective laws, Washington State remains on the forefront of progressive legislation. For example, the Zackery Lystedt Law is considered the toughest return-to-play law for young athletes, who have experienced concussions. This law requires medical clearance before an athlete returns to the game.
Helpful Providers and Therapies
A variety of service providers and treatments are available for those suffering from injuries to the brain:
- Neuropsychologists: practitioners who examine the functions of the brain relating to psychological processes and behaviors. Neuropsychologists perform rigorous and thorough testing to determine whether one has suffered TBI, and if so, they may also provide detailed accounts of the cognitive deficits a patient may be suffering from;
- Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation: a treatment provided by interdisciplinary specialists dedicated to improve visual deficits resulting from traumatic brain injury;
- Psychologists: counselors who help the injured cope with a loss in ability;
- Speech Pathologists: specialists who can provide cognitive retraining to address deficits such as working memory, attention, reasoning, and organizational difficulties;
- Vocational Rehabilitationists:providers who help a person whose brain injury has resulted in a limited ability to perform one’s job performance. Vocational rehabilitationists examine the specific skill set of a patient and help to identify what occupational fields would best suit their current skill sets and cognitive abilities.
If you have suffered a brain injury as a result of the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another, you may have a legal claim. Call today for a free consultation. We are located in Bonney Lake and serve clients from Auburn, Kent, Puyallup, Sumner, Enumclaw, and throughout Western Washington.