Brain Injury (TBI)

North Dakota Brain Injury Attorneys & Lawyers

People with more severe brain injuries may have difficulty living independently because of their inability to make good decisions. If the brain injury is severe, the person may be in a persistent vegetative state or a coma and require round-the-clock supervision and care.

What Kind of Medical Treatment is There For a TBI?

While in some cases the health care team can identify an injury almost immediately with the help of a brain scan, frequently a TBI is overlooked by health care teams because of the severity and immediate need to treat other physical injuries. It may be weeks or months after an injury before a person or family members notice a change in the victim’s personality or cognitive skills.

A person with a TBI requires a team of medical providers including a neurologist, a neuropsychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, and rehabilitation specialist. Treatment will include a variety of techniques to help re-train and compensate for the skills and functions lost. It may take up to two years of treatment and rehabilitation before the injury has stabilized.

How Can an Attorney Help if Someone Has a Traumatic Brain Injury?

If someone has permanent brain damage, the family will incur enormous costs. There will be ongoing financial concerns relating to the person’s education, health care, and rehabilitation needs. Many victims require care for the rest of their lives.

Once it is determined how and when the injury occurred, an attorney can help identify potential sources of compensation to help cover the tremendous costs associated with this injury. Although there is no compensation that fixes this tragedy, any financial help can empower the family to cope with the loss of their healthy loved one.

What Are the Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome Brain Injury?

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a unique injury that results from the violent shaking of an infant or small child, causing brain injury. Injuries can also occur from rough play, throwing the baby in the air, holding the baby upside down, or jogging with a baby. The degree of damage is related to the force and duration of the shaking episodes.

The victim of SBS will often have many of the following symptoms: lethargy, seizures, poor eating, poor sleeping, extreme irritability, vomiting, bulging or spongy forehead, poor sucking or swallowing, inability to lift the head, inability of eyes to focus or track movements, or unequal size of pupils. The classic clinical signs found in a shaken baby case are subdural hematoma, brain swelling and retinal hemorrhages. About 20% of cases are fatal within the first few days after the injury.

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