Hearing the word “catastrophic” certainly lets people know that something terrible has happened. When a person suffers catastrophic injuries, it can be assumed that the individual suffered injuries that could cause lasting, if not permanent, damage or even prove fatal. Unfortunately, head injuries often fall into this category and can stem from car accidents.
Louisiana residents who suffer injuries to their scalp, skull or brain have suffered a head injury. In some cases, the injury can be bruising or penetrating injuries to the brain, fractures to the skull, or bleeding on the brain. It is not unusual for bleeding on the brain, or a hematoma, to appear days or weeks after an accident. As a result, it is always important for individuals to monitor symptoms and possible signs of injury after an accident even if they do not immediately feel injured.
Of course, some serious symptoms can show themselves immediately, and injured parties should seek medical attention. Some symptoms include vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, trouble walking or talking, breathing problems, blood coming from the nose or ears, loss of consciousness, and more. While doctors can provide treatment for many head injuries, some can still have lasting effects.
Because catastrophic injuries, like certain head injuries, can cause a person’s life to change drastically, many individuals who suffer such harm as the result of a car accident caused by another person often seek compensation. A personal injury claim can often help injured parties pursue monetary recompense for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages stemming from the accident and injuries. If Louisiana residents find themselves in this type of ordeal, they may wish to contact knowledgeable attorneys about their legal options.