How do you distinguish between your brain and your self? Your brain oversees the functioning of every part and every organ system of your body. It is the seat of your feelings, your personality, your hopes and dreams, your beliefs, your goals, your creativity, your experiences, your competencies, and your view of the world. If a part of your brain is damaged or destroyed, you feel as if you’ve lost part of yourself. And if someone you love has suffered brain damage, it may seem as if a part of that person is gone, possibly lost forever.

Open and Closed Head Injuries Can Cause in Damage to the Brain

The brain, although encased in a hard skull, is nevertheless susceptible to various kinds of injury. Several million people in the United States live with the consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Open injuries including skull fractures that allow an object to penetrate brain tissue. More commonly, closed head injuries cause damage to the brain tissue when it moves around inside of the closed skull, banging against the hard bone.

A person who has suffered a serious TBI will often experience lifelong mental, emotional, cognitive, and physical impairments. In many cases, a TBI is a catastrophic and life-altering event for a survivor. Even a relatively mild TBI have long-term effects. But the 10 to 25 percent of TBIs that are considered moderate to severe are often devastating. And an estimated 52,000 people die every year in the United States from brain injuries. Traumatic brain injury is a factor in nearly a one in every three injury-related deaths in the U.S.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Most Often Caused by Someone Other than the Victim

A large number of these injuries are preventable, resulting from the negligent, careless, or violent act of another person. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these are the most frequent causes of serious brain damage:

Impairments Caused by Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are capable of causing a wide range of disabilities. The effects vary according to the precise area of the brain that bore the brunt of the injury:

Physical impairments often pose functional limitations making work and participation in recreational activities difficult to impossible. These may include:

  • Seizures
  • Problems with hearing, vision, speech, and balance
  • Paralysis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Altered sensation
  • Loss of coordination and strength
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Bowel and/or bladder problems

Cognitive abilities that may be altered include

  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Planning
  • Mental speed
  • Language
  • Communication of ideas and emotions
  • Judgment
  • Executive function and planning

Emotion and mood changes may be especially difficult for family and friends of the victim:

  • Moodiness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Emotional volatility
  • Hypersexuality
  • Apathy
  • Procrastination
  • Loss of self-efficacy
  • Anger management problems

Where is the Justice?

When another person, company, or other entity has caused your or your loved one’s injury, you may be able to recover money as compensation for your damages. Although money may seem poor consolation when considering the magnitude of your loss, it can give you the means to pay for medical treatment, psychological and occupational therapy, rehabilitative services, assistive devices, and any personal care required. It can also compensate for lost earnings and earning potential. And importantly, it can force the person who damaged your life to face up to the wrongdoing and pay for it, giving you at least a semblance of justice.

Legal Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Accidents that result in brain injuries can be severe and debilitating. In Las Vegas, you can get the help you need by contacting attorney Eric Woods, one of Las Vegas’s most experienced and respected personal injury lawyers. Eric understands that these types of injuries can leave you with long- term disabilities and can greatly affect the future for you and your family.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident that has caused a brain injury, you need a qualified personal injury attorney to fight for your rights and guide you through this very difficult time. Eric Woods has the intensive legal knowledge and more than thirty years of experience to his credit, and will fight tirelessly and aggressively to ensure that each of his injured clients is fully compensated for medical bills, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and losses sustained to their quality of life.

When you hire Eric to pursue justice in your behalf, you can be assured that your case will be handled with the compassion, sensitivity, and skill that will relieve the stress and uncertainty that any serious injury leaves in its wake.

Time to file your claim is limited by Nevada law, so arrange a time to see Eric today. It costs you nothing, and there are no legal fees or costs until after you win. If you don’t receive an award of money, you will owe nothing.