Just about any kind of accident, from car accidents to slip-and-falls at the grocery store, can result in severe injuries. Many accident victims in Beachwood suffer catastrophic injuries, including injuries to the brain. A traumatic brain injury may require months to years of rehabilitation, and some injuries may be permanent in nature.
Head injuries are generally open or closed in nature. An open injury typically occurs when someone hits their head on a hard surface and fractures their skull. A closed head injury on the other hand may not involve any sort of direct hit but may involve swelling within the brain or blood clotting in the skull. Both types of injuries can be very serious, resulting in permanent brain damage, paralysis or death. Bruising or tearing of the brain is also common and can cause nerve damage resulting in impairment to various bodily functions.
It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether someone is suffering from a head injury, particularly if it is a closed head injury. Dizziness, nausea, severe headaches and numbness are all signs of a possible brain injury and anyone experiencing these symptoms after an accident should report to the emergency room as soon as possible.
A brain injury can make it impossible for the accident victim to do basic tasks, let alone go to work. After many months of rehabilitation and therapy, a person suffering with a brain injury may be able to go back to work, but in many cases, their brain damage is too severe, making it impossible for them to return to work. Many people with brain injuries may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and pain and suffering after an accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident that caused your injuries.