Managing Life With A Brain Injury
Brain injuries from a car accident, a fall, an assault or a work accident could lead to a lifetime of complications that require constant medical care. Specialized and critical care attention may be necessary immediately following the accident that causes the injury and may be necessary again in the future as needs change or in the case that the condition worsens.
Brain Injury Complications
A person who suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or even a mild TBI could experience complications from their injury at any point, including:
- Muscle disorders
- Epilepsy (seizures)
- Loss of vision, hearing, smell, taste or touch, or damage to any one of their senses
- Coma, a vegetative state or brain death
- Hormonal imbalances
- Memory loss
- Poor judgment
- Reduced thought-processing speed
- Inability to problem-solve or think abstractly
- Social, emotional or behavioral disorders
Physical Complications Resulting From Brain Injury
These direct complications of TBI may also lead to physical complications that require a different type of medical care and monitoring. For example, lying in one position for a prolonged period of time can lead to pressure sores that require a long time and close care to heal. Infections can develop and organ failure can occur in a person whose immune system is compromised because of brain damage.
Effects On The Family
Family dynamics and responsibilities change when one family member suffers a brain injury. These changes can strain relationships, leading to tension and dysfunction. In many cases, one spouse is forced to take on the role of caregiver and must sacrifice other responsibilities to effectively care for the injured family member. This often means income loss and a loss of a significant amount of enjoyment in life. Regular counseling may be necessary to help the family cope with loss and a forever-altered family dynamic.
Our Experience In Metro Detroit And The UP
At Atnip & Associates, PLLC, we understand the complications of brain injuries, and we can help you get what you need to cope with all of these difficult changes and medical care needs well into the future. Attorney Heather J. Atnip is a member of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. She and our entire team know what it takes to comprehensively investigate and document your unique personal injury claim and catastrophic injuries.
Our team has secured total remodels of victims’ homes to retrofit them to accommodate the specific needs of victims. We have obtained multimillion-dollar settlements, and we know how to fight cost-effectively in our clients’ best interests.
If you notice the symptoms of a possible brain injury in your loved one after any type of accident, it is important to seek expert medical attention as soon as possible. Once you have done that, please call our firm to discuss what legal options you may have. We understand your concerns about past medical costs and lost wages as well as your concerns for the future. We want to help you and your family secure a stable financial and emotional future.
Please call our firm in Rochester Hills or in Escanaba at 248-383-5949 to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We also promptly respond to inquiries by email, and we look forward to speaking with you.