Commonly-Asked Questions About Brain Injuries

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on August 3, 2018 in Brain Injuries
Updated on April 25, 2024

man rubbing headBrain injuries are often the result of another person’s negligence. These injuries can cause life-changing health problems that can make each day much more difficult, diminish the quality of life, and create a tremendous financial burden.

There are several things you need to know about these injuries and how important it is to get treatment as soon as possible. Quick treatment could be the difference between months of problems and a lifetime of severe health issues.

If you or a loved one sustained a head or brain injury, you should contact a knowledgeable Milwaukee traumatic brain injury attorney at PKSD for assistance with your claim. We can assist you with all aspects of your brain injury claim.

Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

If you experience any of the following signs of a brain injury, you may need immediate medical assistance:

  • Loss of consciousness shortly after head trauma
  • Confusion or disorientation for a short or long period of time
  • Headaches accompanied by nausea or vomiting
  • Deteriorating mental capacity in any form

Symptoms may arise within the first 24 hours, but sometimes it can take longer. If you are suspicious that you may have a brain injury, you should always err on the side of caution and seek treatment.

What are Serious Head Injury Symptoms?

The following symptoms may indicate you have a severe brain injury:

  • Unusual behavior or confusion during or after the injury
  • Symptoms progress or become worse
  • Weakness of the body
  • Numbness in the head or extremities
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty with eye movement
  • Headaches that lead to migraines
  • Seizures
  • Severe or continuous vomiting
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Bleeding or a discharge of clear fluid from either the nose or ears

Seeking treatment immediately when you notice these symptoms may save your life.

How do I Slow Down Damage?

Damage to the brain tissue is often permanent. This is why it is crucial to seek medical attention to prevent the damage from spreading and causing serious cognitive and motor skill deficiencies.

If the victim is suffering a loss of oxygen to the brain, doctors need to clear a pathway to increase the flow of oxygen. Sometimes victims need to be put on a ventilator.

It is also important to quickly treat changes in blood pressure. Spikes in blood pressure can lead to a variety of problems that could cause long-term injury.

What Are the Risk Factors for Brain Injuries?

Many brain injuries are caused by trauma to the head, which can occur in a car accident or from playing contact sports like football.

People can also suffer brain damage if they are taking certain medications, like blood thinners. These medications can put patients at risk for severe bleeding into the brain, which can cause permanent damage. If you are taking medications with a risk of bleeding into the brain, you need to carefully watch for signs and symptoms of brain damage so you can seek treatment immediately.

Contact a Lawyer for Help with Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are often serious and could lead to the imminent death of the victim if medical assistance is not immediately sought. Even if medical assistance is received, the victim could suffer permanent brain damage.

If this happens, you may be able to obtain compensation to cover medical bills and other damages. Contact the qualified legal team at PKSD. We will discuss your legal options moving forward and answer your questions about taking legal action. We will evaluate your specific circumstances and develop a legal approach to help you through recovery and seeking reasonable compensation. We offer a free, no obligation consultation to learn how we can best help you.

Schedule a free legal consultation today by calling 414-333-3333 .

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