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Long-Term Damage Caused by Head Injuries

If you’ve been diagnosed with a head injury after being in a traumatic accident, you may feel unsure of what the future holds. Unfortunately, head injuries are one of the most difficult injuries to diagnose because the brain is an extremely complex organ. Even doctors who specialize in treating injuries and illness in the brain can’t always predict the side effects and recovery time of a brain injury. 

If someone else’s negligence caused the accident that led to your head injury, it’s important to file a claim and obtain compensation because there’s no way to know what long-term damage could come from your injury. Your medical expenses may already be significant, but they could continue to increase as time goes on. 

A Lakeland personal injury lawyer from Lopez & Humphries, PA can guide you through the legal process and help you hold the liable parties accountable so you can get the best treatment possible moving forward.

Types of Head Injuries

Although doctors won’t always be able to diagnose your specific head injury, they may be able to categorize your injury based on your symptoms. Doctors can also use various brain scans to see what’s going on inside your skull and proceed with treatment from there. 

Some of the most common types of head injuries include the following:

  • Concussion – Impact to the head

  • Skull Fracture – Broken skull

  • Edema – Swelling of the brain

  • Hemorrhage – Bleeding of the brain

  • Diffuse Axonal Injury – Damage to the brain cells

  • Hematoma – Blood clotting outside of the blood vessels

Possible Side Effects of Head Injuries

Side effects from a head injury will vary depending on the type of head injury, the severity of the injury, and from person to person. Each brain is different, so doctors are usually quick to tell patients that no two head injuries are alike. If two patients have the same head injury and lose their memory, one may recover their memory within a week and the other may never recover.

Other side effects aside from memory loss may include chronic migraines, loss of motor and sensory function, changes in personality, light sensitivity, seizures, and loss of learning ability. These side effects can sometimes be permanent.

How a Head Injury Can Affect Your Life Long-Term

Healing from a head injury can take months and sometimes years. There are head injuries that can have permanent side effects and will require victims to adjust to a new form of normal. Some head injuries will have predictable side effects, and some may put you at risk for more severe side effects down the road.

For example, you may only experience chronic migraines on a daily basis because of your injury but you may be at a higher risk for seizures in the future. When someone else’s negligence affects your life in such a detrimental way, they must be held accountable. 

Reach Out to a Lakeland Personal Injury Attorney

Our goal at Lopez & Humphries, PA is to help victims of head injuries obtain the compensation they deserve. We understand that head injuries can progress over time which is why we want to maximize your claim on the front end. Hopefully, a settlement will make you feel financially comfortable in the event that future medical issues arise. 

If you’d like to speak to a Lakeland personal injury lawyer about your case, call 863-709-8500 or visit our website for more information.

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Lopez & Humphries, PA

Melodie Lopez and Kevin Humphries have combined trial experience in more than 100 jury trials, 500 trials before court, 500 Social Security Administration trials and over 50 Workers’ Compensation trials. The attorneys of Lopez & Humphries, P.A. have had their own respective trials featured on national media where they have been described as “experienced” and “excellent” by hosts and commentators on their trial performance. Call us now at 863-709-8500... View full business profile here: Lopez & Humphries, PA

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