According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) report published in the LA Times, roughly 950 hospitals nationwide recorded an increase of 3.6% in their emergency departments’ patient visits during the years 2006 to 2010. Corollary to this, patients who visited hospitals’ ERs requesting for necessary treatments for their traumatic brain injuries simultaneously grew by 29.1%.
JAMA researchers analyzed this development in the industry and stated, “There may be an actual increase in the number of head injuries suffered by patients, or the figures may be a sign that Americans are taking these injuries more seriously and getting treatment for things they would have blown off in the past.”
Brain Injury Lawsuits
For patients suffering from different types of brain injuries caused by accidents (e.g. vehicular, sports), physical assault, improper medical care, or negligence by medical providers, consulting with a credible personal injury lawyer in Brooklyn is highly advisable. With their guidance, patients are able to become familiar with their state’s litigation process vital in achieving corresponding compensations.
Effects of Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries may result in either physical or mental impairments and classified into two conditions of mild and severe. A mild brain injury happens when a patient becomes unconscious and disoriented for less than 30 minutes due to cognitive disorders such as headache, memory problems, attention deficits, frustrations, and mood swings.
On the other hand, severe brain injury occurs if the person suffers from the same conditions for a longer period. While the causes are similar to that of mild condition, a person suffering from a more severe state may be immobilized, may experience speech and language anomalies, lose thinking capabilities, and suffer from emotional disorders. Being in comatose is also included in this particular circumstance.
Regardless of which state the patient falls in, the effects of brain injuries don’t only affect the patient but everyone (family and friends) around him as well. Overtime, a person suffering from a brain injury would have disruptions in both cognitive function and personality, such that it may lead to displays of violence and imprudence.
Because of these life-altering effects of brain injury, it is only right that the patient and their families be given the opportunity to seek legal remedy to hold the one responsible for the injury as liable. With the assistance of a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer like those from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein, patients suffering from brain injuries caused by other parties, and their respective families, could at least be granted proper and just recompense for the damage done to them. Do not overlook seeking legal counsel for personal injuries such as brain injuries, especially knowing its effects, both short and long-term.
(Source: Concussions, other brain injuries prompt more patients to visit the ER, LA Times)