This study shows how tricky and potentially deadly these head injuries can be.
Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) February 23, 2012
Birmingham head and brain injury lawyer Keith T. Belt Jr. said today that he hopes a recent Mayo Clinic study will help to improve diagnosis and treatment for accident victims.
The study, recently published in Epidemiology, looked at a new system for classifying injuries caused by force to the head. Using this system, the study found that more people suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) than previously estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“This study shows how tricky and potentially deadly these head injuries can be,” said Belt of the Belt Law Firm, P.C., whose Birmingham personal injury attorneys serve accident victims across Alabama.
“Fortunately, medical science can help us to understand the serious consequences of what might be considered ‘getting your bell rung.’ We hope this study will help the injured to understand the importance of seeking treatment and legal assistance after an accident instead of shrugging off a bump to the head,” Belt said.
The Mayo Clinic study considered milder symptoms reported after head injuries. The study found that TBIs occur in as many as 558 per 100,000 people. Before, the CDC had estimated 341 TBIs per 100,000 people.
According to the study, as many as 60 percent of head and brain injuries fell outside the CDC’s standard categories even though two-thirds of them were symptomatic.
Belt’s law firm has investigated TBI and post-concussion syndrome (PCS) cases on behalf of numerous clients. He said the Mayo Clinic’s new classification system should lead to additional research. He also said it could improve the diagnosis and treatment of head and brain injuries that result from auto accidents and other vehicle accidents.
“When someone hits their head in a car wreck, symptoms like dizziness or confusion can come and go. That leads the accident victim to think they are OK even though the injury persists,” Belt said.
“They need to understand the importance of these comparatively mild head injury symptoms, so they will ask doctors about them. People who truly have been harmed can’t let their treatment fall through the cracks.”
Belt said anyone who hits their head in a motor vehicle accident, a fall or any other kind of accident should seek medical help right away.
“Once they have received appropriate medical treatment, a head injury victim should then seek the advice of an experienced Birmingham head and brain injury lawyer,” Belt said. “Traumatic brain injury is potentially a life-changing injury. Treatment for it can be costly and go on for a long time.
“Anyone who has suffered a brain injury in an accident may have a right to payment for their losses and future expenses,” he added. “Belt Law Firm is dedicated to protecting those rights and helping those who have been hurt to receive proper compensation.”
About Belt Law Firm, P.C.
Belt Law Firm, P.C., is a Birmingham personal injury law firm that has recovered millions of dollars in compensation through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for victims of TBI and other head injuries. The firm represents the victims of personal injury, automobile accidents, insurance fraud (insurance policy disputes and bad faith insurance practices) and dangerous and defective products. throughout the communities of Birmingham, Bessemer, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Homewood, Jefferson County, Shelby County, Walker County, Blount County and St Clair County. Although the firm’s focus is on local litigation in Alabama, the firm’s attorneys practice throughout the country. Belt Law Firm has lawyers licensed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Colorado. To learn more, call the firm toll-free at (888) 933-1514 or use its online form.