Acquired Brain Injury
Although you don’t hear about acquired brain injuries as often as traumatic brain injuries, they can be just as devastating. These injuries don’t happen from car accidents or blunt force trauma to the skull like traumatic brain injuries. Acquired brain injuries can happen from a variety of different medical reasons. One of the most common causes of acquired brain injury is any type of loss of oxygen to the brain. This can happen due to strangulation, drowning or even near drowning. It’s also possible to suffer from an acquired brain injury from a stroke, a particularly bad infection and a variety of other medical reasons. Listed below are some of the more common causes of acquired brain injury.
Common Causes of Acquired Brain Injury
- Any incident that results in a loss of oxygen
- Failure to diagnose symptoms of a stroke
- Toxic chemicals
- Exposure to chemicals
- Medical malpractice
No matter how the acquired brain injury happened, one thing is for certain. Your life and the lives of your loved ones will be forever changed. Depending upon the severity of the acquired brain injury involved, symptoms could be mild, moderate or severe. The implications of even mild acquired brain injury symptoms can have lifelong impacts on a victim and his or her family. From confusion and irritability to emotional disturbances and depression, mild brain injury symptoms are nothing to scoff at. If your loved one suffered from a severe or life-threatening acquired brain injury, you could be looking at lifelong inpatient care, permanent disability and other severe and catastrophic symptoms. Listed below are some common symptoms associated with brain injuries.
Common Brain Injury Symptoms
- Loss of consciousness
- Gross and fine motor difficulties
- Changes to sleep patterns
- Speech difficulties
- Chronic headaches
- Emotional disturbances
- Learning disabilities
Costs Associated With Acquired Brain Injuries
Like with many types of injuries, the costs associated with acquired brain injuries can vary from case to case. Depending upon the severity of your loved one’s injury, you could be looking at tens, hundreds of thousands of dollars or more over a lifetime of medical care. The initial hospital visit is just the tip of the iceberg, because these types of brain injuries have long lasting symptoms and implications. In addition to initial medical bills, you could also be looking at expensive rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy and a variety of other necessary services to get your loved one back on his or her feet.
Also important to consider is the monetary impact of having a loved one that may have trouble going back to work or who may need permanent care. Not only is that person’s earning potential cut short, we must also take into account the family members who drop everything, including potentially lucrative careers and steady jobs, to simply take care of a loved one day in and day out. It’s also important to note that bills don’t stop during this time. Just because your family is in crisis, that doesn’t mean that you still don’t have a mortgage and utility bills and other everyday expenses to take care of.
Caring for a Loved One With an Acquired Brain Injury
Caring for a loved one with an acquired brain injury is, in most cases, a long-term exercise in strength, love and endurance. Even with mild to moderate symptoms, an acquired brain injury can greatly impact a person’s ability to communicate, work, and even take care of him or herself. This lifelong You have to factor in medical appointments, mental health, emotional wellbeing and a ton of other issues associated with the daily task of caring for a loved one with a brain injury.
Many acquired brain injuries are completely preventable. If your loved one has suffered from an acquired brain injury in a medical setting or due to a medical professional’s negligence, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney who understands the lifelong implications and day-to-day struggles that are associated with acquired brain injuries. Whether it was caused by medical malpractice, a hospital acquired infection or some other type of negligence, you need an attorney who can be your advocate and fight for your family’s rights and future.
If you have a loved one who has suffered from an acquired brain injury due to medical malpractice or some type of negligence in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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