The human brain is an amazing organ. At an average size of roughly 5.5 x 6.5, the brain exercises control over most everything we do. It regulates our breathing and controls our nervous system. The use of muscles relies on instructions relayed from the brain. Our memories are triggered by neuron activity in the brain. Any injury to this vital organ can have dramatic consequences on our live. When another person or organization bears responsibility for that injury, it’s right and just that their insurance cover what can be the considerable costs of recovery.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries fall into two broad categories…
Closed head injury: The brain is housed inside bones called the cranium. Sometimes head injuries can result in striking the cranium and not directly hit the brain. Yet the brain is still impacted by the trauma. A child falling hard on the floor might be one of many examples where a closed head injury could occur.
Penetrating head injury: Even more serious is when an object gets inside the head and actually makes physical contact with the brain itself. This might happen from a violent act involving a gun or a knife. Or a person who is struck by a falling object might find themselves the victims of a penetrating head injury.
Consequences of Brain Injuries
The consequences will range widely, depending on the severity of the injuries. Headaches can be an early warning sign. If the onset of a headache coincides with some type of fall, the person is well-advised to seek medical treatment immediately. The primary reason is, of course, to protect their own health. But in the event legal action is required, having medical diagnosis immediately after the fall might be what a Baton Rouge brain injury attorney needs to connect the injury with a specific event.
Victims of brain injuries can go through confusion and memory problems. In certain cases, because of just how much the brain controls, personality changes can be the result. They might suffer convulsions and the loss of coordination.
Slurred speech is a major warning sign of brain problems and blood clotting can be another consequence. The combination of blood clots, along with a brain injury, make a victim more vulnerable to a stroke.
The after-effects of a brain injury can include everything muscle spasms to bowel and bladder issues, to issues with sexual function.
All of these consequences require medical treatment. All of them impact a person’s quality of life. That means they all have to be considered when negotiating a fair settlement figure.
At Beall & Thies we understand what’s necessary in the investigation, negotiation, and litigation of a brain injury case. Let us take the burden off your shoulders. Call today at (225) 577-6223 or reach out online for a consultation.
Experienced & Hard Working Attorneys Who Can Help
The lawyers at Beall & Thies have over 100 years of combined experience working on cases like these. We take pride in giving our clients the personal attention they deserve. We know what to ask for in a settlement because we’ve seen cases like these before, and we know how to negotiate and—if it proves necessary—to litigate.
Recovery will typically begin with in-patient care in the hospital, perhaps including surgery. Once medical personnel can be confident the person can perform basic functions on their own, they may be released to continue their recovery on an outpatient basis.
The type of rehabilitation is extnsive. The victim of a brain injury may quite literally need to learn to speak all over again, requiring the employment of a speech therapist. Daily activities we all take for granted have to be re-learned. This is called occupational therapy and calls for another specialist to perform ongoing rehab. Basic living skills can include learning how to re-integrate into social settings with family and friends and that calls for professional help.
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"Russell W. Beall is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Beall & Thies LLC. His main emphasis of practice is on Civil Litigation including Torts, Products Liability, and Premises Liability. Russell is a frequent guest speaker at Louisiana State University Law School where he participates in the Appellate Advocacy Program and the Professionalism Orientation. He earned his B.A. degree at Louisiana State University (1998) and his J.D Louisiana State University Law School (2001). Russell is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars."Read Full Bio
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"William W. Thies was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974 moving with his family to Slidell, Louisiana at seven years of age. Mr. Thies graduated from Slidell High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2001. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May 2002. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American Bar Associations, and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court."Read Full Bio
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