The month of March is dedicated to brain injury awareness. While most people are aware of the effects of brain injuries, often the causes, treatment options and severity of impact over a lifetime are not fully appreciated.
The type of brain injury an individual receives significantly impacts all of these factors. Two broad categories of brain injuries exist: 1) Those that occur before or during birth and 2) those that occur later on (such as the result of a car accident, sports injury (concussion) or other blunt types of force.
Brain injuries that occur at the time of birth often significantly affect the cognitive, developmental and emotional development of an individual for his or her entire life. Examples of these types of brain injuries include oxygen deprivation (hypoxic ischemic events (HIE’s)).
When a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen before or during the birthing process, serious delays may result. Often, children who experience HIE’s develop cerebral palsy, a lifelong condition requiring a lifetime of care. Where the brain injury is the result of medical malpractice, it may be possible to file a California birth injury lawsuit and recover damages to help pay for often insurmountable medical bills. If you believe your child may have suffered a brain injury at birth, it is important to consult with an experienced California birth injury attorney right away.
Other types of brain injuries include those that occur as the result of an injury accident. It may be difficult to discern just how serious a blow to the head is initially. TBI are notoriously hard to detect – individuals injured may not realize they have suffered a brain injury until days or even weeks after a hit occurs. Symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, headaches and mood changes. Left untreated, the effect and For example, birth trauma that results in a brain injury can have a lasting and severe impact on the individual.
Because of the potential for serious effects, receiving a proper assessment and treatment as soon as possible after an injury is important. Without help, brain injuries can lead to job loss, changes in relationships and depression.
For more information or if you believe you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, please contact the dedicated California brain injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.