Brain & Head Injury Claims Due to Misdiagnosis
Major injuries can occur from even the most minor accidents, with symptoms that may take weeks or even months to appear. Accident victims who refuse medical treatment or neglect to file a brain or head injury claim can end up experiencing ongoing issues that impact their health and financial security now and for years to come. Even when patients do seek treatment, doctors and hospital staff with heavy schedules who rush through patient examinations may neglect to spot the subtle symptoms of serious underlying conditions.
Head and brain injuries are among the leading types of accidental injury, and medical misdiagnosis of these conditions is unfortunately all too common. If you have been involved in an accident in which you suffered any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head, it is important to be aware of the symptoms, long-term impacts, and potential compensation for head injury claims.
Symptoms Of Brain Injury
Brain trauma can result any time a head injury occurs, such as a concussion, skull fracture, or contusion. This is common in motor vehicle, bicycling and pedestrian accidents, as the result of slips and falls or being struck by or against an object. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) advises that brain injuries are often the beginning of an ongoing neurological condition that can result in severe and potentially permanent disabilities.
While injuries to the head are common, they are also one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed types of injuries. Even in seemingly minor accidents, it is important for victims and their loved ones to be on the lookout for symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem. These include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of balance and difficulty walking
- Memory problems
- Excessive fatigue or loss of consciousness
- Extreme agitation or anxiety
- Personality changes, such as having fits of rage or falling into depression
Long-Term Impacts of Head Injuries
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that nearly two million people each year are diagnosed with brain injuries as the result of bumps or blows to the head. In some of these cases, symptoms may resolve in a matter of weeks, while others result in disabilities that impact patients for months and even years after the accident.
In addition to preventing accident victims from returning to work or engaging in hobbies and interests, brain injuries can significantly alter the victim’s personality, adversely affecting relationships and social activities. The NIH reports that trauma to the neurons and pathways in the brain resulting from head injuries can increase the victim’s risks for developing serious degenerative brain disorders such as the following:
- Alzheimer’s disease, which impacts memory
- Parkinson’s disease, which impacts movement
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which impacts overall functioning.
Get Help With Your Head Injury Claim
If you or someone you care about has suffered a head injury and you suspect the symptoms have been misdiagnosed, contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys today. At Anastopoulo Law Firm we understand the lasting impacts these injuries can have on every area of your life and can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover.