Accidents and injuries involving head trauma, should never be ignored. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that at least 1.4 million Americans suffer from some type of brain trauma every year, due to accidents involving injuries to the head, including auto accidents and fall injuries, or the intentional acts of others, including assault and batteries.
Some brain trauma injuries are exasperated during medical procedures performed in a negligent manner after treatment is commenced for the original injury. In some incidents, brain injuries may be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, leaving the injury untreated. But, however, some injuries are not treated because the individual, who has suffered the accident, does not believe there is any reason to be alarm. In such cases, these individuals do not seek medical treatment until it is too late.
There are many ways an individual can suffer a brain injury that, if not treated, could possibility advance to something more serious, as in the case of Natasha Richardson.
In 2009, actress Natasha Richardson suffered an injury accident while taking a skiing lesson. After the accident, Richardson seemed fine and was able to talk, walk and act normally. She was even able to give an interview after the accident, and appeared to be alright. Paramedics who responded to the accident were dismissed because it was felt at the time that they were not needed. Three hours after the accident, Richardson was admitted to the hospital complaining of severe headaches. Within seven hours after the head injury accident, Richardson was, medically speaking, in critical condition. Two days later, she died from her injuries. An autopsy revealed that cause of death was from an “epidural hematoma” as a result of the blunt head trauma she received during the skiing accident. Richardson had suffered from what is now referred to as the “talk and die” syndrome.
What is the “Talk and Die” Syndrome?
When an individual suffers from what appears to be a mild head trauma usually caused by an accident, in Richardson’s case, a skiing accident, the individual does not display any of the usual symptoms of a brain trauma such as unconsciousness, confusion slurred speech, headaches, etc. The victim seems to be fine immediately after the accident, but because of the bleeding into the brain, the injury worsens, and if not treated immediately, can result in death.
Your Attorney is Your Guide Through Any Potential Lawsuit as a Result of a Brain Injury
If after suffering an injury resulting in brain trauma, and a lawsuit becomes necessary, an experienced brain injury attorney will be your guide. Remember, the insurance companies are not your friend. It is the insurance adjuster’s job to minimize your injuries and damages in order to save the insurance company money in the long run. Speak with an experienced brain injury attorney. He will walk you through the process, and make sure your rights are protected.
Brain injury leading to either disability or death as a result of brain damage is a very serious matter. To consult with an experienced brain injury attorney on this issue, or if you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury or a brain trauma due to the actions of another, contact Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation.