Help for Victims of Post-Traumatic Seizures
A brain injury seizure is one of the scariest, most traumatic head injury accidents that a person can suffer. Injuries to the brain cause coma, and greatly impact a person’s ability to recover from the accident.
Most people do not realize that anyone who goes without oxygen for four minutes or more will be left with long-term brain damage. Also, each part of the brain has its own set of risk factors for suffering traumatic brain injury seizures. Therefore, brain injury seizures depend greatly on which part of the brain has received the injury.
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious life-changing traumatic brain injury seizure? Did you lose someone you love to this kind of accident? Are you dealing with horrendous medical bills? And rightly scared for your future?
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Clearly brain injuries change people’s lives. In addition, brain injury seizures have long-lasting impacts and side effects that make recovery extremely difficult. These injury accidents lead to life-changing situations for the whole family. For example, most brain seizure injury victims can never drive again, nor return to work. If the brain seizure injury accident was caused by someone’s negligence, you need an attorney as your claim partner. Premier Law Group’s expert personal injury lawyers know the best next steps. We negotiate on your behalf, while the accident victim focuses on recovery. Let us collect all the accident evidence, determine negligence and fault, and manage the claims process for you and your loved ones.
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What is a Brain Trauma Seizure?
Brain trauma seizures are also known as post-traumatic seizures (PTS). These electrical events occur in the brain and cause a range of serious symptoms. For example, during and after seizures, victims are dizzy, confused, and don’t recognize their surroundings. In addition, victims who have more frequent and longer lasting seizures require constant care due to intense pain and debilitating side effects.
By and large, brain seizures happen in the first few days or even weeks after the original brain injury. But, this is not always is the case. The scary fact is that some accident victims suffer brain injury seizures months or even years after the brain injury.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
In the immediate aftermath of a brain injury accident, victims are not aware of the significant signs of brain trauma. That’s why it’s so important that people you love be around you, after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Brain injuries cause symptoms that are observed by loved ones. These symptoms include the following:
- Extreme sleepiness, dizziness or exhaustion
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Sound and/or light sensitivity
- Noticeable change in attention span, speech patterns, and other normal functions
- Dilated pupils in one or both eyes
- Migraine headaches or headaches that get worse
- No interest or curiosity in things the victim loves – children, pets, tv shows
- Confusion, disorientation, extreme sadness or depression
If you or someone you love shows these symptoms following a brain injury, immediately get medical help. Victims suffering traumatic brain injury symptoms need follow-up injury diagnosis and treatment.
How Can You Tell if Someone Has Had a Post-Traumatic Seizure?
There are some tell-tale signs that a brain injury victim will display, immediately following a brain injury seizure. The following are indications that immediate medical care is needed:
- Staring into space at nothing, not engaged with their surroundings
- Smacking their lips, chewing “air”, and fumbling around
- Repeatedly shaking or stiffening the head, body, arms, legs, eyes, or other body parts
- Seeing things, having visions, smelling and tasting things, and feeling things that no one else around is seeing, smelling or experiencing
- Sudden bouts of dizziness and extreme tiredness
- Loss of speech and an inability to understand what other people are saying.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as any sudden injury that bumps, jolts or shakes the brain inside the head. There are many different causes of TBIs and equally different levels of injuries. For example, “closed head” injuries are lumps and bumps where no skin is broken. And there are “penetrating head” injuries where something breaks through the skin and into the skull.
Some of the most common causes of closed head TBI include:
- Athletics and sports injuries
- Domestic violence and abuse
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Blast injuries particularly with military veterans
- Being struck with an object
Penetrating traumatic brain injuries are caused by the following:
- Hit by bullets or shrapnel
- Hit on the head with a weapon – a hammer, baseball bat, etc.
- Other head injuries that shatters the bones of the skull and penetrate the brain
There are also many other injury accidents caused by natural disasters, and explosions that cause both closed head and penetrating head TBIs.
What Seizures Mean for Victims and Their Families
Victims with brain injury seizures do not know when a seizure is going to happen. Victims have no control over when they happen or how long they last. During a seizure, victims cannot talk, and they lose control of their bodily functions, including bladder and bowel. Oftentimes, seizure victims bite their tongues and insides of their mouths.
A severe seizure leaves the victim exhausted, confused, and unable to stand or walk. Some prescription drugs do help people manage their seizure symptoms. But these medications are known for causing serious side effects, like the following:
- Sleepiness and fatigue
- Dizziness and loss of balance
- Uncontrollable trembling
- Double vision
- Confusion and inability to concentrate
It’s easy to see that it is nearly impossible for brain injury seizure victims to drive or operate any vehicle, even a bicycle. In fact, some states require physicians to report patients who have had seizures to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
For example, Washington State does not require physicians to report seizure patients to the DMV. But Oregon, California, Montana and Nevada revoke physicians’ licenses if they do not report seizure patients to their DMV’s. As a caveat, these states do have “seizure free” periods. In other words, victims must be “seizure free” for a designated period of time. In some states, it is 3 months while others, it’s 6 months. Regardless, a doctor has to provide a certification of the seizure free period to that state’s DMV.
Other safety concerns for brain injury seizure victims include the following:
- Victims need someone with them when they are in water – bath tub, pool, lake, ocean
- Seizure victims should never climb ladders, roofs, trees and any other tall objects
- Caregivers should never put anything in the seizure victim’s mouth – you can get bitten
- Also caregivers need to make complete notes about the seizure – date, start time, ending time, and what happened during the seizure
- Victims do need to alert people around them to your seizure potential and tell them what to do if you have a seizure
If you or your loved one has suffered a brain seizure injury caused by someone’s negligence, it is important to find a legal partner to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Premier Law Group To Handle My Case?
It’s no surprise that victims and their families need legal help after a brain seizure injury accident. There are many compelling reasons that require the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
For example, you may not receive any insurance claim monies for your injury. Or the negligent party’s insurance claims agents may be denying your claims. You and your family do not know what your next steps should be. Meanwhile your condition has worsened, the medical bills are piling up, and you are unable to work and take care of your family.
Getting Legal Help
Anyone who suffers brain injury seizures just want the symptoms to go away. You want a clean bill of health, and be able to move on, living your life. But brain injuries do just the opposite. They change your life.
In fact, brain injury seizures prevent you from living the life you had prior to the accident. The seizures and myriad of other symptoms get in the way of regaining health and a full recovery.
Our experienced attorneys have firsthand experience, helping those with brain injuries in accidents caused by other’s negligence. We help you find the best medical care who will guide you through recovery. While you work with the medical team, and focus on regaining your health, we work on gathering the accident details. Our goal is to get you fair compensation from the people who caused your injuries.
Don’t sign off on an insurance claim until you talk with us. Focus on healing, and let your lawyer collect evidence and handle the claim details.
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