Boston Brain Injury Lawyer
The brain is the control center of the human body and any injury to the brain can have serious and long-lasting effects. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury is caused by an impact to the head which disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to a substantial number of deaths and is one of the leading cases of permanent disability in the United States every year.
Brain Injury Statistics
Recent data from the CDC indicates that:
- 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year
- 52,000 die from brain injury
- 275,000 go to the hospital
- Over 1.3 million are treated and released from emergency care.
- TBI is a contributing factor in over 30% of all injury related deaths in the United States
- (MTBI) Mild traumatic brain injury accounts for about 75% of brain injuries that occur each year
- Falls account for over 40% of the brain injuries that occur in the United States each year
- In 2000, brain injury accounted for an estimated $60 billion in medical costs and lost productivity
- Almost half a million emergency room visits for TBI are made by children ages 14 and under
- In every age group, males receive brain injuries at a higher rate than females
These numbers do not account for the many who don’t even know they have sustained a brain injury and the families of brain injury victims who must cope with the fallout of these injuries.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can take on many different forms and can vary widely in terms of severity. Some common brain injuries include:
- Concussion – Perhaps the most common type of brain injury, a concussion occurs when the brain is jostled by a sudden impact to the head. This can occur in many situations ranging from contact sports to car accidents.
- Contusion – Caused by a direct impact to the head, this type of injury is a bruising of brain tissue which can cause swelling and hematoma.
- Closed Head Injury – This type of injury is categorized by a lack of outward signs of a brain injury, such as bruising or bleeding. Because of this, they can be more difficult to detect or diagnose, but can still be just as serious as other brain injuries.
- Open/Penetrating Injury – Just as it sounds, a penetrating injury is classified by an object, forcing its way into the skull, causing fracture or outward signs of damage.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury – These types of injuries are caused by a shaking or strong rotation of the head, much like whiplash. The stationary brain lags behind the movement of the skull, causing brain and nerve tissues to tear and disrupt the natural chemical processes of the brain.
- Anoxic Brain Injury – This occurs when the brain does not receive oxygen. Brain cells without oxygen will begin to die in as little as four minutes.
- Hypoxic Brain Injury – Similar to anoxic brain injury, this occurs when the brain is getting some, but not enough oxygen. This can happen when blood flow is restricted or blood pressure is is reduced.
- Second Impact Syndrome – Also known as “recurrent traumatic brain injury,” this occurs when a person receives a second brain injury before a previous one fully recovers. A second injury causes even more swelling and widespread damage.
- Shaken Baby Syndrome – If a baby is shaken to violently, either intentionally or unintentionally, it can cause the blood vessels between the brain and skull to rupture and bleed. This type of injury can cause lifelong disability, seizures, and death.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injury
- Lack of motor coordination
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
- Trouble finding words
- Trouble sleeping
- Amnesia (memory loss)
- Unequal pupil size
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in social behavior
- Chronic pain
- Loss of hearing
- Feeling fatigued
Brain injuries can result from forceful contact with virtually any object. Some common causes include:
Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer in Boston Today
Even if you have sustained a brain injury, it does not necessarily mean that securing compensation for your injuries will be straightforward. Brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose and detect, especially since the effect of a traumatic brain injury may not be evident until several days or weeks after the initial trauma occurs. Moreover, establishing fault and determining causation after an accident can take time and resources.
If you are in pain or are feeling disoriented, the last thing you want to do is fight a legal battle or negotiate with insurance companies on your own. The attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law have the legal and medical knowledge and resources necessary to effectively represent victims of brain injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of another, contact Sweeney Merrigan Law today. We will provide a free evaluation of your claim and will diligently pursue compensation for all medical expenses and future damages caused by your injury.