Head injuries can be a very scary thing, and also very serious in terms of someone’s long term health. A person could obtain a head injury in a number of ways; whether it be a car accident, biking accident, slip & fall accident to name a few. Knowing that there are many ways one could get a head injury many people ask, what is the average payout in a head injury case?
This question isn’t so easily answered, as a lot of various factors come into play. Just to go in depth a little more on the most common kinds of events that result in a payout for head injuries, these include:
- Car crashes
- Serious falls
- Physical Assaults
- Sports related head injuries
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
These are just a quick example of how one might obtain a head injury, and the payouts may all be different depending on how it occurred. The payout depends on a wide variety of things, such as: the severity of the injury, facts of the case, who’s fault it may be, where the head injury occurred in regards to location, and if gross negligence was taken into account.
If one of these events happened to you and you think you have a head injury, first look for some of these symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Balance or coordination problems
- Inability to focus the eyes
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of muscle control
- Changes in mood
- Severe headache
- Memory loss
- Leaking of clear fluid from ears or nose.
You also have to remember that head injuries are ones that don’t always show up right after an accident or a blow to the head. That is why you need to always be sure and go to the doctor or emergency room to get the necessary tests required to identify a head injury so you can start treatment immediately.
Now that we know a few ways one could obtain a head injury and the symptoms to look for, let’s discuss how these could lead to long term medical bills.
To do this we will need to identify the major types of head injuries, as they will have long term affects. These are: hematoma, concussion, edema, hemorrhage, diffuse axonal injury, and a skull fracture.
Hematoma can lead to permanent brain damage. It occurs when pooling or clotting of blood occurs outside of a blood vessel. Concussions are the result of the brain hitting against the dense walls of your skull. Most times, the effects are not long term but in some cases they can be. Edema is swelling, it can occur outside the skull in the skin tissue. Or it can occur inside the skull, which is the most dangerous as it starts to push on the brain. A hemorrhage is when uncontrolled bleeding occurs, this is very serious when it is happening to your head or brain. Diffuse axonal injury is when the injury damages the brain cells. This injury is not always visible but it can lead to worse things such as swelling and brain damage. Lastly, skull fractures can be a very serious injury. Your skull is the only bone in your body that does not have bone marrow, this makes it very strong but also very vulnerable to another possible blow to your head because it won’t be able to absorb the impact if you already have a fracture. This can lead to many complications down the road.
Any and all of these major head injuries could very easily lead to long term complications and doctors visits. This leads to long term medical bills and hardships down the road.
When it comes to head injuries and getting the compensation you deserve, picking the right head injury attorney is crucial. You need an attorney who is willing to investigate and get the facts in order to get you the money you deserve. If you have a serious injury you could be paying medical bills for a very long term and might even have lost wages if you are unable to work. If you have experienced any of the above events or symptoms it could be in your best interest to contact a head injury attorney right away to see how they can help.