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Brain damage is one of the most serious types of catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury while working offshore, it is important to know your rights. By speaking with an offshore injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin, you’ll be able to find out what your rights are and what you should do next.

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Have You Suffered Brain Damage While Working Offshore?

Conditions aboard offshore vessels are often catastrophically unsafe. Even without considering the natural dangers associated with these jobs—such as the unstable nature of the ocean and wet, slippery conditions onboard—human error and negligence can jeopardize an offshore worker’s health just as much, if not more. Employers who do not follow proper safety procedures, employees who are not fully trained, defective equipment, improperly maintained machinery: These and other scenarios create dangerously unsafe environments that can result in all types of offshore injuries, including brain damage and injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Understanding the Ramifications

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may occur in serious and seemingly minor accidents alike, often as the result of “open head injuries” or “closed head injuries.” Open head or penetrating brain injuries occur when the skull is pierced, such as by a piece of metal. Closed head injuries are caused by sudden impact or blunt force trauma, including the head trauma caused by a fall or being struck by a falling object.

There is treatment available to help stabilize brain injury victims, and even therapy options to help sufferers manage certain symptoms. However, there is currently no treatment available to actually reverse the damage caused by brain injuries. Victims of brain injury should still seek immediate medical attention; a medical professional will be able to help the victim receive the proper supply of oxygen to the brain in order to prevent further damage.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

TBI symptoms can range from relatively minor—lightheadedness and dizziness—to severe: Memory loss, cognitive damage, seizures, and changes in behavior. It is important to realize that any level of damage to the brain will have a direct and profound impact on the individual’s daily life. The victim could suffer from side effects and consequences that could even alter their personality and way of thinking.

Some symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Cognitive symptoms such as trouble with memory, attention, and concentration
  • Sensory symptoms such as vision changes or vision loss; hearing loss, tinnitus, or sound sensitivity; loss of ability to taste; and / or loss of ability to smell
  • Physical symptoms such as seizures, headaches, paralysis, changes in appetite, changes in sleep patterns, menstrual changes, and / or chronic pain, as well as slurred speech and other language difficulties
  • Behavioral and emotional symptoms such as irritability, anger, depression, and dramatic mood swings

Speak with an Offshore Injury Lawyer from Arnold & Itkin LLP Today

If you or a loved one sustained brain damage in an accident that occurred while working offshore, it may be easy to feel hopeless or alone—but you do not need to feel this way. There are steps that you can take to protect your legal rights. It is important to know what your options are, and how you can take action to protect yourself and your future after a serious offshore accident. Our attorneys can help you find the information you need.

By working with Arnold & Itkin LLP, you can rest assured knowing that our injury attorneys are ready to take every step possible in order to help you maximize your recovery. So what are you waiting for? Give an offshore injury lawyer from our firm a call today to learn how we can help with your case.

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