Brain Injury Information
Approximately 1.5 million brain injuries occur each year, with about 80,000 of these injuries causing permanent disability. It can be argued that brain injuries are some of the most traumatic injuries an individual can suffer. Sudden trauma to the brain can result in mild concussion, severe injury, coma and sometimes wrongful death.
A brain injury can be life-altering. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in Oklahoma, do not hesitate to contact our brain injury lawyers to explore your legal options. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, loss of income, physical injury and mental anguish.
Causes of Brain Injury
A brain injury occurs when a sudden head trauma causes neurological damage. This can be a result of negligence, recklessness or intentional actions. About half of all brain injury accidents that occur annually are caused either by a car accident or a slip and fall accident. Some other common causes of brain damage injuries include:
- Sports-related accidents
- Firearm injuries
- Medical malpractice
Types of Brain Injury
There are several different types of brain injuries, including recurrent traumatic brain injuries, coup contrecoup injuries, diffuse axonal injuries, contusions and concussions.
- Recurrent Traumatic Brain Injuries Most common in sports-related brain injuries, recurrent traumatic brain injuries refer to when an individual suffers from multiple brain injuries. The severity of a second or third impact is magnified and both neurological and cognitive functions are often seriously impaired.
- Coup-Contrecoup A coup brain injury occurs where the head came in contact with an object. A contrecoup brain injury occurs on the opposite side of impact.
- Diffuse Axonal A diffuse axonal injury (or DAI) is a major factor in a brain injury victims state of consciousness. The difference between a DAI and any other form of brain injury is that it is widespread, rather than focal. A DAI can occur in any type of brain injury, regardless of severity.
- Contusion A contusion is a bruising of brain tissue.
- Concussion A concussion is defined as temporary unconsciousness after a blow to the head. Concussions are typically the least severe type of brain injury.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Depending on the severity of the injury, brain injury symptoms can vary. A mild brain injury can cause the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Confusion or unconsciousness for a short period of time (usually less than 30 minutes)
Symptoms from a serious brain injury can include:
- Unconsciousness for an extended period of time (more than 30 minutes)
- Vomiting and nausea
- Abnormal speech
- Loss of coordination and basic motor skills
- Memory loss
- Emotional irritability
Contact an Oklahoma Brain Injury Lawyer
A brain injury is often traumatic for all those involved, regardless of their severity. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury in Oklahoma, you are not alone. Our brain injury lawyers have years of experience and knowledge to litigate your claim and get you the compensation you deserve. Fill out our online contact form for immediate assistance.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for mental and physical anguish, lost wages, medical costs and loss of quality of life. At the Edwards Law Firm, we believe that everyone deserves the right to top legal counsel, regardless of their monetary situation. We are not compensated until we have recovered money for you. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.