The Devastating Effects Of Head And Brain Injuries
At Mezibov Butler, we offer attentive representation and experienced counsel to victims of serious injuries throughout the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. We have helped many people pursue full physical and financial recovery after head and brain injuries.
A brain injury can have lasting effects on your long-term health and well-being, potentially changing your life dramatically. For compassionate assistance navigating these changes and seeking appropriate compensation, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation.
Our lawyers can help if you have been affected by:
- Anoxic or hypoxic injury caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain
- Closed head injury
- Penetrative brain injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury. If you have suffered a head injury in a car crash, it is important that your attorney have the experience to fully understand your injuries and pursue adequate compensation. Learn more about how we help car accident victims protect their rights.
Brain Injury Severity
Not every brain injury is the same in terms of severity. In fact, medical providers recognize three separate classes of TBI – mild, moderate and severe – depending on the following factors:
- Structural image: Doctors review the brain’s structure after a CT Scan or MRI. The structure is then rated as normal or abnormal – abnormal meaning that the image shows clear swelling or other damage.
- Loss of consciousness: This measures the length of time that you may have lost consciousness. Anything less than 30 minutes is mild. Over 24 hours is severe.
- Mental state: If you appear confused or you lose impulse control or any other measure of an altered mental state. If this lasts less than 24 hours, it is a mild symptom.
- Amnesia: In brain injuries, a person will typically have memory loss leading up to the event and possibly some time after that. Less than 1 day is a mild symptom, over 7 days is considered severe.
- Glasgow coma scale: this scale looks at a person’s responsiveness while in a coma to certain stimuli. Based on a score out of 24, 13-15 is mild and under 8 is severe.
Mild TBIs typically require rest, pain relievers and monitoring. There may also be restrictions on activities for several days until a doctor clears you.
Moderate TBIs would include more than 24 hours of an altered mental state, up to 24 hours of unconsciousness and less than a week of memory loss. These brain injuries are very serious requiring immediate and extensive treatment to have a chance of recovery.
Severe TBIs are the most serious, obviously. They require the same rapid interventions as those with moderate TBIs. A person with a severe TBI may never fully regain their independence.
Common Causes Of TBIs
There are many ways that a person can receive a TBI, but brain injuries are most common after:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
The common theme here, of course, being that these are accidents involving higher speeds, heavy machinery and/or people in vulnerable positions.
Every time a person steps onto a road, either to cross the street or commute to work, they are at risk of an accident. Every motor vehicle accident has a very high potential to cause a traumatic brain injury.
The Experience You Need. The Attention You Deserve.
There are many personal injury law firms in the Cincinnati area, but few can match the credentials or commitment to service of Mezibov Butler. As a small group of practiced attorneys, we are able to focus our efforts on doing our best work for each client – not going through the motions to sustain an excessive caseload. Each client benefits from our collective experience trying and winning cases in courts throughout Ohio.