In the United States alone, over 1,000,000 people suffer from head injuries each year. These are terrifying injuries, and they are devastating. Things that used to be easy for victims of head injuries are now impossible. People who have a head injury suffer from headaches and inability to concentrate for years after their accidents. They have mood swings and changes to their personalities which have profound affects on their friendships and their families. People suffering with a head injury routinely lose their jobs and their friends, even though they appear to be “fine”.
Although the injuries on the outside of their bodies have healed, many people who have had a head injury go on suffering-and so do their families. In some of the most tragic cases we have handled, the personality of the head injury victim is changed so dramatically by the accident that they are literally a completely different person. Their families have lost the son or husband who had the brain injury just as completely as if he had died.
If you or someone you care about has had a head injury, you should call us now. We have handled many of these cases, and we know what you are going through. We understand these injuries, and we understand the treatment and the science being applied by the neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, and vocational rehabilitation specialists who care for head injury patients. Your lawyer has to have this experience and he has to have this knowledge in order to represent you.
Whatever you do, don't make the mistake of choosing a lawyer who doesn't thoroughly understand these complex problems. The average car wreck lawyer just isn't good enough to handle a head injury case, and that is all there is to it. You need a board certified personal injury trial law specialist with decades of experience. You need someone like Polewski & Associates.
- Tearing – The sudden impact of the body colliding with another object (such as a car or baseball bat) may cause very delicate tissue in the brain to tear apart. Unfortunately, modern medical devices (x-ray, CT scan, MRI) often do not detect torn brain tissue. As a result, the injured patient may be given a clean bill of health when in fact there has been significant brain damage.
- Bruising - Bruising, like tearing, is caused by impact to the skull. The impact forces the soft tissue of the brain into the much harder skull. The collision between the tissue and the skull may rupture small blood vessels allowing blood to escape into areas of the brain unsuitable for such blood. The unconfined blood places additional pressure on the brain tissue. This pressure may cause parts of the brain to stop functioning. As the brain is responsible for operating the most basic bodily functions (such as breathing), it can be quite perilous for any part of the brain to shut down.
- Swelling – While swelling in most other body parts is not typically considered life threatening, swelling of the brain can be. When swelling occurs in other parts of the body, the tissue surrounding the injured area expands to relieve the pressure. The brain however is surrounded by the hard bone of the skull and therefore cannot expand to accommodate the swelling occurring inside. When the brain swells, the pressure inside the skull increases along with the likelihood of severe consequences as a result thereof.
Anoxic Brain Injuries
Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived its oxygen intake for some significant amount of time. Such deprivation may occur as a result of drowning, choking, strangulation, or other respiratory difficulties. The cells within the brain require oxygen (an therefore blood) to function. Lack of oxygen for a significant period causes the brain cells to die.
At Polewski & Associates, our lawyers know about head injuries because we have represented people and families affected by head injuries We know that brain injuries mean a future of case managers, doctors, neuropsychologists, life care planners, assisted living, huge bills and painful emotional adjustments for both the patient and the family.
Head injury cases are serious cases. You need serious, experienced lawyers
If you or your family have suffered a head injury, give Polewski & Associates a call at 972-230-6200. We can help.