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Brain Injuries

Las Vegas Brain Injury Attorneys

Handling Traumatic Brain Injury Cases in Nevada

doctor looking at scan of brain injuryA brain or head injury is a serious medical condition, even when there are no obvious signs of cuts, bleeding, or other physical damage. Major health risks can emerge if a brain injury goes undiagnosed, which is why it is important to get immediate medical care after suffering a blow to the head or being involved in any type of accident that resulted in a head injury. You simply cannot afford to ignore the trauma you have suffered, even though the cost of medical treatment may seem daunting. If someone else was responsible for the accident that led to your head or brain injury, you may not have to face the financial—and non-financial—consequences of your injury alone.

At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, our Las Vegas brain injury attorneys can review your case and the circumstances of your injuries to determine who is responsible so we can hold them accountable for your full financial recovery.

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Contact us today at (702) 505-8115 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We can travel to you if your injury prevents you from coming to our office.

Treatment for Brain Injuries

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for brain injuries, but advances in medical technology have allowed for better treatment and long-term care options that help mitigate the damage and help improve the injured person’s quality of life. With the help of medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitation programs, brain injury victims can slowly heal from their injuries and move forward with confidence—but these treatments cost money.

Brain injury healthcare costs are some of the most expensive in the country, which is why it is important to talk with a Las Vegas brain injury attorney after suffering a head injury. An attorney can help you seek compensation from the liable party so you are not left paying for costly brain injury care out of your own pocket. Each person who suffers a brain injury will have unique medical needs. We can help determine the full cost of your injury, including projected future expenses, in order to build a case that meets all of your recovery needs.

When Should I Seek Medical Care for a Head or Brain Injury?

It is recommended that you seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms:

  • Sensory impairment
  • Headaches
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty with balance

If you or another person is showing any of the above signs of a brain injury or has suffered obvious head trauma, call 9-1-1 right away.

What Should You Do Following a Brain Injury?

One of the most important things you can do following a brain injury is to seek medical attention immediately. Early treatment can prevent further injury and can help speed up the recovery.

Signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • A blank stare
  • Changes or delays in motor or verbal responses
  • Headache
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

Depending on the symptoms, the hospital might conduct tests such as a CT scan or MRI. And, depending upon the severity of the brain injury, the patient may be held in the hospital overnight. If you’ve suffered a brain injury, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions and to get plenty of rest. Working and participating in everyday activities may be difficult at first; take your time and try to focus on one thing at a time to avoid distraction.

Some things you can do to ensure the recovery process goes smooth include:

  • Pay attention to your body (when you are tired, for example, be sure to get plenty of rest)
  • Avoid exercise and activities that are physically demanding
  • Avoid activities that could possibly lead to another head injury
  • Listen to your doctor about when you can participate in daily activities and when you can return to work
  • If you are having difficulty remembering things, write things down and try not to get frustrated
  • Try not to do too many things at once to avoid being distracted
  • Do not use the computer for long periods of time
  • Do not drink alcohol or take any medications other than those prescribed by your doctor

Learning to Cope With a Brain Injury

Learning to cope with a brain injury can be difficult. You may be confused, frustrated and depressed. There are some things you can do to help you cope with your brain injury, including:

  • Join a support group: ask your doctor or rehabilitation therapist for a recommendation. Talking to other people who are going through something similar may be helpful. You may learn some new coping strategies.
  • Try to maintain a routine to avoid confusion.
  • If you are having difficulties remembering things, write things down (e.g. people’s names, phone numbers, etc.).
  • Pay attention to your body and take breaks when you need to so you don’t overdo it.
  • The number one most important thing is to get plenty of sleep so your brain can heal.

What is the Most Common Cause of Brain Injuries?

Any type of trauma to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury, which means there are numerous causes for them. However, there are accidents and incidents that tend to cause them more often than not.

According to the CDC, the leading causes of TBI include:

When it comes to motor vehicle collisions, motorcycle riders have a high risk of suffering brain injuries when compared to another motorist. Many safety groups like the National Safety Council (NSC) estimate that a motorcyclist is at least 10 times more likely to suffer a TBI in a crash because they have such a limited amount of protection from impacts. Although this risk can be lessened by wearing a properly fitted helmet, there is no guarantee that it will prevent a brain injury entirely.

What Are the Long-Term Effects of a Brain Injury?

Research shows that the possible long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty with language
  • Attention and learning issues
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Anger

Brain Injury Statistics

Interesting brain injury statistics include:

  • There are approximately 2.5 million brain injuries of varying severity each year.
  • Nearly 300,000 hospitalizations each year throughout the U.S. are caused by brain injuries.
  • 50,000 deaths occur annually due to fatal brain injuries or TBI complications.
  • More than 90,000 long-term disabilities are caused by a TBI each year.
  • More than 5.3 million Americans need help performing day-to-day activities due to living with TBIs.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely than women to suffer a traumatic brain injury, which might be related to increased enrollment in high contact sports and military service positions.
  • Children under the age of 4 and teenagers ages between 15 and 19 have an inordinately higher chance of suffering a brain injury compared to other age groups.
  • The total cost of TBIs each year in the U.S. is approximately $60 billion when factoring in medical bills and lost productivity.

Get a Free Consultation with Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact our qualified Las Vegas brain injury lawyers at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen today to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer contingency fees, meaning you do not owe us anything unless we win your case.

Get in touch by calling (702) 505-8115. If you are unable to visit our office, we will come to you. Se habla Español.

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