It has been estimated that approximately 1.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. Brain injuries often occur in the setting of car or tractor-trailer crashes, but they also can occur in bicycle and motorcycle accidents, slip and falls and medical negligence cases where surgical error or birth injury has occurred. At Pierce & Thornton, we have experience in representing brain injury clients, and we will work to maximize the recovery for our brain injured clients and their families, because the money is often necessary to support the patient and pay for rehabilitation.
The Brain Injury Association of America reports that at least 50,000 of those people die annually from their brain injury while another 80,000 have long-term disabilities with which to contend. The medical cause, diagnosis and treatment of brain injury is a specialized area of medicine, and it is important for the patient to receive necessary neuropsychological testing and training to minimize, if possible, the effects of the brain injury.
Common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include loss of memory, change in personality, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, severe headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Often times, these symptoms are misdiagnosed as post-concussion syndrome, when, in fact, the injury is much more significant and long-lasting.