Many Arizona residents are struck on the head and seek medical attention thinking that they might only have concussions. However, the brain can be fickle, and a traumatic brain injury can quickly become life-threatening without the proper treatment. If an injury is severe, one could suffer permanent and debilitating brain damage or die.
Doctors might not be able to reverse any brain damage that has already occurred, but they can often stop any further damage from occurring with the proper treatment. However, there is only a small window in which to provide a patient with the best possible chance at recovery. It is vital that a patient receives plenty of oxygen and maintains proper blood flow. It is also imperative to control the individual's blood pressure. Surgery might be required in order to repair or remove bruised brain tissue (contusions) or ruptured blood vessels (hematomas).
Assuming that the proper treatment was received in time, it could be some time before any lasting effects are apparent. People can suffer a variety of side effects, ranging from memory problems to permanent brain damage, that prevents a person from being able to perform day-to-day actions, speaking or even walking. Some patients do not survive the damage done to their brains.
For those who suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of another party or parties, a personal injury or wrongful death claim, as applicable, might be in order. If the evidence establishes that the injuries -- or the injuries of a deceased family member -- resulted from the negligence of another, an Arizona civil court might consider an award of damages. Collecting on a monetary judgment could provide the financial resources needed for current or future medical needs or burial and funeral costs in the event of death.
Source: ninds.nih.gov, "NINDS Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page", Accessed on Oct. 11, 2016