Oregon Traumatic Brain Injury Case Lawyers
MRI of the brain – MRIs that have been highlighted to demonstrate injury to the brain are often used during a personal injury trial to help juror better understand the injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year. Also referred to as an intracranial accident or injury, a traumatic brain accident or injury occurs when physical trauma results in a brain injury. Depending on the extent of damage to the brain, a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe. Regardless of the severity, a traumatic brain injury affects more than just the victim – it affects the day-to-day lives of their friends and family, as well.
When the negligence of another person results in a serious brain injury, the victim has the right to seek compensation from those responsible. An Oregon traumatic brain injury lawyer at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield can provide expert advice, make the proper referrals, and present the case to an insurance adjuster or defense attorney. If settlement discussions are unsuccessful, your personal injury attorney can also represent you in a court of law.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
In the United States, the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries are slip and fall accidents (35%). Other common causes of traumatic brain injury are motor vehicle accidents (17%), being struck by or against an object (16%), assault (10%) and other types of accidents (21%). Statistics show that over 50,000 people die each year as a result of their traumatic brain injury, and another 235,000 are hospitalized.
A concussion is a general diagnosis involving an injury to the brain. Symptoms and the affects of a concussion/brain injury can range from a mild impact to severe permanent damage.
Damage can be confined to one area of the brain, or involve more than one area. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can include headaches, nausea, confusion, cognitive problems, irritability, vision problems, fatigue, sleep disturbances, sensitivity to light and sound, difficulty speaking, dizziness, and depression or other emotional or behavioral problems. In some cases, those with a traumatic brain injury may experience seizures or other conditions that require hospitalization and long-term care.
A common misunderstanding is that you have to hit your head on something solid to get a traumatic brain injury. A violent shaking motion or sudden jerk can cause the brain to impact the inside of the skull and cause microscopic damage. A head bouncing off a headrest in a car or the impact of an airbag are common causes in auto accidents. It was once thought someone had to have a loss of consciousness before an injury would be considered a “concussion.” Now a concussion can be diagnosed without a loss of consciousness. Unfortunately many older doctors will often miss the symptoms of a concussion after an accident and the condition will go undiagnosed. “Post-concussion syndrome” is another name for a mild traumatic brain injury.
Importance of Experienced Lawyers
If you or a loved one is suffering from a concussion, contusion, coup-contrecoup injury, diffuse axonal injury (DAI), penetrating brain injury, or any other type of traumatic brain injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced Oregon personal injury lawyers at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield.
The state of Oregon has various time limitations for filing a traumatic brain injury accident or injury claim, so time is of the essence. Our traumatic brain injury attorneys are experienced in handling traumatic brain injury cases of all severities, and can answer any questions you may have about your case.
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