What should I do, if I or someone I care for suffer a Brain Injury?
Most brain injuries include both primary and secondary injuries. The more severe the initial insult, the more likely the secondary injuries will also be significant. Over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an automobile accident. Blunt trauma is a more serious type of head injury that can occur in an automobile accident when a moving head strikes a stationary object like the windshield. When a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or any type of severe injury in which the occupants of a motor vehicle have sustained serious, debilitating injuries severely affecting their way of life.
What is a Primary Brain Injury?
Primary injuries include the first major injuries. Brain injuries can be classified into mild, moderate, and severe categories. Complications are distinct medical problems that may arise as a result of the TBI.
What is an Intracranial Hematoma?
An intracranial hematoma is a serious, possibly life-threatening, a complication of head trauma. Intracranial hematomas are the rupture of a blood vessel leading to the collection of blood in brain tissues or empty spaces. There are several types of hematoma:
- Epidural Hematoma: A blood clot outside of the brain and the dura but inside the skull.
- Subdural Hematoma: A blood clot between the brain and the dura.
- Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Bleeding within the layers of the dura, specifically under the arachnoid layer.
- Intracerebral Hematoma: Bleeding within the brain tissue itself caused by the rupture of a blood vessel within the brain.
- Intraventricular Hemorrhage: Bleeding into the ventricles of the brain
What is a Skull Fracture?
A break or disruption in the skull can cause injury to the brain or provide an open avenue for infection or both. Some may be called:
- A linear skull fracture
- A basilar skull fracture
- A contusion, or a coup-contrecoup injury
What is a Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI)
Diffuse axonal injury or DAI usually results from rotational forces or violent stopping. DAI is the result of twisting and tearing of the connections between the cells of the brain and not a direct blow.
What is a Secondary Brain Injury?
Secondary brain injury results from changes that begin at the time of the initial injury and may last for hours and days, such as:
- Hypoxia and Hypotensions
- Cerebral Edema – resulting in increased intracranial pressure
- Second Impact Syndrome
- Penetrating vs. Closed BInjury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is commonly categorized as penetrating or closed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Injuries
You can sue for medical expenses even if you have insurance to cover your costs. The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not punish people for getting health insurance. This means you can claim your total medical expenses at trial. Your insurance company will have a lien on the recovery for what they paid out on your …
You can sue for pain and suffering caused by a traumatic brain injury due to negligence in Kentucky. Past/present/future emotional and physical pain and suffering is recoverable in a traumatic brain injury case. Your lawyer will argue for damages caused by the defendant. Pain and suffering from a brain injury can last a lifetime so …
You can sue for secondary injuries that resulted from treatment of a brain injury in Kentucky. The defendant in personal injury cases is on the hook for all damages associated with the wrong. That means that if you are hurt in recovering the defendant is still responsible. It is foreseeable that you could be injured …
You can sue for a traumatic brain injury if you make a full recovery in Kentucky. Your damages will be limited to the timeframe in which you were hurt or incapicated. This means that you were hurt as a result of negligence, suffered for some timeframe, and then recovered. Your past/present/future emotional and physical pain …
Can I sue on behalf of a family member who received a brain injury that resulted in death or vegetative state?
You can sue on behalf of a family member who received a brain injury that resulted in death or vegetative state. The court can appoint a representative to pursue the case on behalf of the injured party. A personal injury lawyer can assist you in getting appointed to the case can be pursued. Make sure …
You can sue for life-long hospital care for a brain injury patient in Kentucky. The care will be an element of the damages. Life long hospital care is very expensive so it is important to get a full grasp of how much is expected. It is better to err on the side of caution and …