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September 17, 2021

IS PTSD FROM A CAR ACCIDENT POSSIBLE?

If you’ve been involved in a severe car crash, you may be dealing with lingering physical issues that could include broken bones and spinal cord injuries which are easy to see. However, mental scars are harder to identify. PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, can affect anyone who has been injured in a car accident.
Severity and Impact

The American Academy of Family Physicians says that the most common symptoms of PTSD include confusion, fear and changes in mood. And, the more severe that the crash was the greater chance that you could have lingering emotional issues from the car crash.

If you’ve had trauma from other events in your life that along with the crash could increase your chances of developing PTSD. Even fairly minor crashes can cause mental anguish – and there there is no answer on how an accident is going to affect someone and possibly cause PTSD.

Emotional complexities

After an accident, you could become hesitant to ride in a car for fear of another accident. Memories of the accident could linger in your head and those memories could cause you to avoid getting into a car even once you’ve physically recovered,

Thinking about an issue over and over is a common sign of PTSD. These can put a strain on your life and your daily routine, especially if it is left untreated. If you have a family history of psychological issues, you could have an increased risk of developing PTSD or if you were severely stressed during the time of the accident that could also trigger PTSD.

You may think that feelings of fear or confusion will naturally fade away. However, with PTSD, emotions like this could actually increase and become more of a strain. Trauma from a severe car accident is serious, if you are struggling with these types of issues after a car accident you should seek help.

 

March 18, 2021

SUSTAINING A BRAIN INJURY

Unlike typical injuries like a broken leg, traumatic brain injuries can have a larger and more lasting effect on a person’s life. If you live in North Carolina and you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. Our experiences attorney are available to help you with your case you you can receive the compensation you may deserve for your pain and suffering.

More About Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you injured your head in a minor accident, you might have minor cuts and bruises to worry about. However, more serious head injuries can result from an accident. Specifically, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have the most devastating effects.

When a person suffers from this injury type, he or she may experience dramatic alterations to the following:

  • His or her behavior
  • His or her cognition
  • His or her emotions

Traumatic brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, a victim of a TBI may demonstrate symptoms such as:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in mood
  • Chronic or Constant Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Dizziness or Lightheadedness
  • Headaches
  • Impulsivity
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Vision loss or impairment

The victim may even slip into a coma while the body tries to heal itself. Often, this injury can lead to permanent damage that greatly impacts the individual’s ability to work and function normally. Rarely, TBIs can cause death.

How can a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Help?

If you suffered a TBI in an accident or due to another circumstance outside of your control, you have legal rights. As you rely on our team of experienced attorneys to fight for your rights, you can expect us to use every resource available to build a solid case.

Seek Restitution With Our Trusted and Proven Guidance

If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, you are entitled to just compensation for your suffering. Call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett at 252-378-2525 for a free initial consultation. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure a successful outcome for your case. Don’t wait. Get in touch today.

 

February 2, 2021

HOW TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES IMPACT LIVES?

If you have been involved in a serious accident which caused violent jerking of the head, struck your head during a fall or suffered trauma to your head in another manner, it is possible you could have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most people recover fully from mild traumatic brain injuries, but a severe TBI can have devastating consequences for you and your family.

Mild TBIs may affect brain cells temporarily. More-serious traumatic brain injuries can result in bleeding, bruising, torn tissues, and other damage to the brain. These types of injuries can result in long-term complications, or in some cases, death.

The symptoms of a severe TBI

If you or a loved one has been in an accident and has suffered from a TBI, it is important that you consult with a doctor. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner a plan for recovery can be initiated and the chance of exacerbating the injury is reduced. There are both moderate and severe TBI, a list provided by the Mayo Clinic provides TBI symptoms.

The worst cases of a TBI can put someone into a coma or cause issues with their conscious awareness. A new speech impediment or even a change in your personality depending on what part of your brain has suffered trauma is possible. These symptoms and others can affect your personal and personal relationships.

It is possible that you could find yourself no longer able to perform physical tasks that require dexterity if you have had a loss of coordination or numbness that can sometimes result from a TBI. You may find you can no longer drive or are experiencing convulsions, seizures or sudden bouts of nausea and vomiting. You could have a persistent headache that can be severe and debilitating, which can affect your focus and mood. These symptoms can be temporary for some, while others could have them for the rest of their life.

This article is for informative purposes about the potentially life-altering effects of TBI only and is not written for legal advice.

December 1, 2020

WHAT’S CONSIDERED A CATASTROPHIC INJURY?

Any injury can be difficult, especially when it impacts your entire life, including the ability to work and the possibility of needing long-term medical treatment. In the world of personal injury law, some injuries are more serious than others, and these are labeled catastrophic injuries.

The injuries are some of the most difficult injuries for someone to experience. More often than not, they are the result of negligence in different ways, but no matter the cause of the injury, if you or a loved one is injured you should be able to seek damages from the party responsible for your injuries to help cover any expenses associated with the harm that was caused.

If you have a good understanding of what catastrophic injuries are, that can help you with legal action should you or a loved one be hurt due to the negligence of someone else’s actions. Here are some common catastrophic injuries and what you can do to move forward with an injury claim.

SPINAL CORD DAMAGE

Imagine being at work and slipping and falling on the staircase. Or worse, imagine being on a construction site and falling from a high scaffolding, and landing on your back. Falling on your back and neck could potentially cause serious damage to your spinal cord.

Spinal cord damage can have catastrophic results such as problems with discs, nerve damage, and in some worse situations, paralysis, meaning the injured individual could lose complete mobility due to their injuries.

The lifelong costs associated with a paralysis diagnosis is upwards of $1 million, making it imperative for the injured party to take legal action against the responsible party and seek compensation for their damages through the civil justice system. Doing this can help with physical therapy, continuing medical expenses, and any customizations that may be required to their homes and vehicles.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

A lot of people have had or seen forms of traumatic brain injuries such as a concussion, but too often brain injuries can be more severe that a simple concussion. The Glasgow Coma scale is used to determine the severity of the brain injury and is based on a person’s cognitive abilities and functionality.

Some of the more serious brain injuries can result in the injured party falling into a coma, or worse, dying. Long-term results of traumatic brain injuries can include cognitive and developmental delays, such as difficulty swallowing and speaking, communication problems, behavioral issues, and more.

The following are different situation in which traumatic brain injuries can be sustained:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Assault

Any of these situations could be a result of negligence, so it is important for the injured parties to understand their rights to pursue compensation against the negligent party.

SERIOUS BURNS

Some causes of burns include flames, scalding hot water, contact with hot items, and more. These types of burns can come from different businesses and industries in which negligence can result in an individual making contact with the heat source.

If this is the case, the negligence could have caused a significant burn, which would be categorized as first, second, or third-degree burns. Depending on the seriousness of the burn, the injured party may experience severe damage to the upper and lower layers of their skin, muscles, nerves, and more.

TAKING LEGAL ACTION WHEN IT’S NECESSARY

It is unfortunate that there are many types of injuries that result in catastrophic injury due to negligence. You deserve the right to hold the negligent party accountable and seek compensation for damages if this has happened and someone else is responsible for the harm that was caused to you or your loved.

At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, we understand just how serious these matters are, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured. You can trust that we will work hard for you and to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligence of another party and hold them accountable.

Our Greenville, North Carolina catastrophic injury lawyers are just a phone call away. When you need us most, you can be assured that we make your best interest our top priority and our team will be dedicated to helping you navigate the complicated legal process that lies ahead of you.

Call us today at 252-378-2525 and speak with an experienced team committed to your needs.