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  • Effects of an Untreated Brain Injury Can Be Extreme

    On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm posted on Monday, April 1, 2013.

    Catastrophic injuries are not hard to come by in Colorado. Workers are susceptible to them on the job. Skiers may experience them on the slopes. Car accidents can inflict them on people simply going to the grocery store. Loved ones stationed overseas can experience them in battle. Depending on the severity, a brain injury can cause serious trauma and dramatic change in a person’s day-to-day life. That is why it is extremely important to address brain injuries — and other catastrophic injuries such as damage to the spinal cord — as soon as possible.

    A person who bumps their head during a recreational football game or hits their head on a car door may not expect brain injury to be an issue. More obvious cases such as someone cracking her or his head against a rock during skiing are more likely to seek medical help. But both simple and traumatic brain injuries can create issues in the long-term. Without immediate care, these issues are more likely to arise.

    Many medical professionals will overlook the possibility that a brain injury has occurred if the concern is not discussed with them. This is not their faults though — brain injuries are hard to suspect for physicians when the possibility is not obviously apparent or readily discussed with them, especially when more prevalent issues are at hand.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that almost 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Out of those, about 52,000 people will die. Symptoms of brain injury include nausea, ringing in the ears, dizziness, headaches, confusion and many other things. These symptoms may vary in duration after the initial damage is done.

    If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury that another party is responsible for, it may be wise to consider hiring an attorney. Lawyers can help you determine whether a claim should be filed against the responsible party and how beneficial it may be to you.

    Source: My San Antonio, “Seek immediate help for brain injuries,” Brian Almquist, March 26, 2013