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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Mild Head Injury

People often ignore a blow to the head, particularly when there are no external signs of injury such as a bruise or open wound. Unfortunately, the force applied against your head may have already caused some damage to your brain that can lead to more long-term problems.

In the United States, an estimated 1.5 million people experience a traumatic brain injury every year. 50,000 die from traumatic brain injuries while approximately 80,000 survivors of brain injury experience long-term disabilities.

Preventive measures, such as wearing protective head gear and helmets and using seat belts, can minimize injuries. Depending on the severity of trauma, you may still need to spend a sizeable sum of money for emergency treatment, hospitalization, medication, rehabilitation, therapy and home care. If you suffer brain injury as a result of another person’s negligence, your Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can help you bring a claim for damages against the person at fault.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

75% of traumatic brain injuries in the United States are mild, exhibiting symptoms such as:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Impaired consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness for not more than 30 minutes
  • Seizures following head injury
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration

Children and elderly males appear to be most at risk. Slip and falls and automobile accidents are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in the U.S., followed by assault and collisions with a moving or stationary object.

A traumatic brain injury, even a mild one, can create a heavy financial burden on patients and their families. In addition to hospital and medical bills, those affected can suffer economic losses in terms of lost productivity and lost earnings. The injury can also lead to cognitive problems affecting memory and learning capacity and lead to emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety and aggression. It is also possible for the brain injury to manifest other symptoms after a period of time as brain injuries are linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Given the wide range of health problems that are associated with it, a mild traumatic brain injury may not be so mild after all. You will need prompt medical attention, ongoing care and plenty of rest in order to heal completely.

Avoiding stress after the injury also helps with recovery. In Los Angeles, the Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter has the experience and dedication to bring your claim against the party at fault and their insurance company so you can focus on recuperating. Call us today for a free consultation on 310-276-1142.

Studies Show Concussion Injury Can Lead to Depression: Don’t Ignore the Long Term Effects

Your brain is composed of soft tissue cushioned by spinal fluid and protected by your skull. Force or trauma to the head can bruise the sensitive tissues of your brain, damaging blood vessels and nerves. This type of traumatic brain injury may be described as “just a concussion”. However, recent studies have shown that while fairly common in the United States, a concussion, particularly in children and teens, can disrupt normal brain function and can cause long term effects such as depression and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

All people, including children and teenagers, can sustain a concussion from accidents such as:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Sports-related trauma usually in contact sports (e.g. soccer, football, martial arts)

Because a concussion often does not show outer physical signs, its symptoms may be ignored and often left untreated. If your child has suffered a bump, blow or jolt to the head, seeking immediate medical attention is important, particularly if your child experiences any of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Feeling lightheaded or dazed
  • Blurry vision and sensitivity to light
  • Memory loss, particularly of details immediately before and after the injury
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness

Concussion and Depression

Another reason why a concussion should not be ignored is that research shows that 10% of children who experience a concussion suffer depression. Others tend to develop ADHD (a learning disorder) and have difficulty controlling their moods and anger.

These are life-long effects that require treatment and therapy; otherwise, your child’s cognitive and emotional development and quality of life may be affected. In addition to medical treatment, your child may need home care for a period, causing you or another caring adult to take time off work. Managing the related depression and other psychological effects may also require long-term treatment through therapy.

The financial and emotional costs arising from brain injury can be overwhelming. If someone else’s negligence led to your child’s brain injury, it is comforting to know that there are legal actions which can be explored to help you manage the recovery process.

In the metropolitan Los Angeles area, seasoned attorney Marvin S. Lanter has been helping clients cope with many of the challenges that brain injuries pose by obtaining the maximum amount of legal damages for them. All it takes is a free consultation to determine how you can pursue a financial settlement for your child, and the Law Office of Marvin Lanter can take care of the rest. We welcome your call today at 310-276-1142.

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