New Orleans Head & Brain Injury Lawyer
The brain is the most important organ; a minor injury to the brain tissue can result in drastic changes to the victim’s ability to earn an income, care for their children, and perform normal, day-to-day functions like driving or even walking. If you or a loved one suffered a head or brain injury on the job, you have the right to seek compensation from any liable parties, as well as through workers’ compensation, which is no-fault insurance that provides medical and wage compensation benefits for virtually all Louisiana employees. The New Orleans head & brain injury lawyer at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC can help you learn more about your options for compensation.
Short and Long-Term Symptoms of Brain Injuries
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Speech problems
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory or concentration troubles
- Changes in mood
- Sleeping more than usual
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to wake up from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in extremities
- Lack of coordination
- Cognitive or mental decline
- Extreme confusion
- Slurred speech
The most common brain injury is a concussion, which is classified as a “minor” Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), though the term minor is relative in the fact that concussions are usually not life-threatening, while other TBIs are. Concussions are caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. They can also occur whenever there is strong enough impact on another part of the body that causes the head to jolt back and forth. This causes chemical changes and/or physical brain tissue damage. Concussions, like other TBIs, differ in severity. Moreover, two patients with the same severity of concussion may recover differently as well; one may require a few weeks of light duty work before resuming normal activities, while another patient may suffer month after month with seemingly little improvement as time goes by.
More Complicated Traumatic Brain Injuries
Life-threatening TBIs often require sedation, induced coma, and/or surgery to relieve the pressure and swelling inside the skull. The following TBIs can occur like all brain injuries: slip and falls, motor vehicle collisions, or being struck by an object.
- Intracranial hematoma
- Brain hemorrhage
- Coup-contrecoup injury
- Diffuse axonal injury
- Penetration injury
- Second impact injury
The most important thing a brain injury victim can do (or have done for them by another party), is to seek immediate medical care. While physicians obviously cannot put a stitch up or put a splint or cast on the brain like they can with other injuries such as lacerations and broken bones, there are life-saving treatments for TBI victims to reduce the ongoing damage that bleeding or hemorrhaging may cause.
Call an Experienced New Orleans Brain Injury Lawyer
It does not matter whether you tripped and fell at work, or if another co-worker’s negligence caused your brain injury; you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under Louisiana law, and an experienced New Orleans head and brain injury lawyer can help you obtain the medical care and wage compensation benefits you deserve. We encourage you to call Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today at 601-488-3975 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced New Orleans head and brain injury lawyer.