Brain Injury

brain_injuryBrain injuries can result in unpredictable consequences and can turn lives upside down in the matter of seconds.  Acquired brain injuries are the type of brain injuries that result from accidents.An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative or induced by birth trauma.  Acquired brain injuries, therefore, occur after birth.  The injury results in a change to the brain’s neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, metabolic activity or functional ability of nerve cells in the brain. There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic.  A traumatic brain injury is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology.  As you might expect, traumatic brain injuries are caused by an external force.  Traumatic impact injuries can be defined as closed (or non-penetrating) or open (penetrating).  A non-traumatic brain injury is an alteration in brain function or pathology caused by an internal force. There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic. A traumatic brain injury is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology. As you might expect, traumatic brain injuries are caused by an external force. Traumatic impact injuries can be defined as closed (or non-penetrating) or open (penetrating). A non-traumatic brain injury is an alteration in brain function or pathology caused by an internal force.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CAUSES NON-TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CAUSES
Falls Stroke (Hemorrhage, Blood Clot)
Assaults Infectious Disease (Meningitis, Encephalitis)
Falls Stroke (Hemorrhage, Blood Clot)
Falls Infectious Disease (Meningitis, Encephalitis)
Motor Vehicle Accidents Seizure
Sports/Recreation Injuries Electric Shock
Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Tumors
Gunshot Wounds Toxic Exposure
Workplace Injuries Metabolic Disorders
Child Abuse Neurotoxic Poisoning (Carbon Monoxide, Lead Exposure)
Domestic Violence Lack of Oxygen (Drowning, Choking, Hypoxic/Anoxic Injury)
Military Actions (Blast Injury) Drug Overdose

Awakening following the loss of consciousness is not an immediate nor smooth process.  The process is usually quite difficult for the individual and their loved ones.  Even after an individual wakes up he or she may experience various symptoms including, but not limited to, irritability, aggression, posturing and post-traumatic amnesia (characterized by confusion, disorientation and an inability to remember recent events).  These symptoms eventually subside, and the brain injury will stabilize to the extent that it can.  However, it is important for brain injury victims and their families to appreciate that brain injuries do not heal like broken bones or muscle sprains/strains.  The neurons in the brain do not mend themselves.  It is not uncommon for brain injuries, particularly moderate to serious brain injuries, to have permanent effects on an individual and his or her quality of life.  This is why it is imperative for a brain injury victim to retain an experienced and dedicated Las Vegas Brain Injury Lawyer.   Obviously, the severity of damage to the brain will dictate the future impact on an individual’s life.  Brain injuries are typically categorized as mild, moderate, or severe.

MILD BRAIN INJURY MODERATE BRAIN INJURY SEVERE BRAIN INJURY
Brief, if any, loss of consciousness Unconsciousness up to 24 hours Unconsciousness exceeding 24 hours (coma)
Vomiting and Dizziness Signs of brain trauma No sleep/wake cycle during loss of consciousness (LOC)
Lethargy Contusions or bleeding Signs of injury appear on neuroimaging tests
Memory Loss Signs of injury on neuroimaging

Brain injury cases present a complex and uncertain set of circumstances.  You need an attorney that will consult with and retain the most knowledgeableexperts to assist with your representation.  Individuals with brain injuries can experience different states of consciousness after brain injury.  It is imperative that your attorney understands these disorders of consciousness as they be can be important when discussing treatment and possible rehabilitation options.  Brain damage is often permanent.  Such consequences change lives and should be carefully assessed to ensure that a brain injury victim is properly compensated.  You only get one chance at recovering for your losses.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, please contact an experienced Las Vegas Brain Injury Lawyer to discuss your case for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation.  Here at The Hayes Law Firm we promise that you will meet with a seasoned Brain Injury Attorney.  We also accept Henderson Brain Injury cases, Summerlin Brain Injury cases, Green Valley Brain Injury cases, North Las Vegas Brain Injury cases, Mesquite Brain Injury cases as well as Brain Injury cases from all over the state of Nevada.