Drones are quickly becoming an exciting new hobby as well as a tool for photographers, real estate agents, and more. Anyone who needs an aerial view of something can do so easily with a drone. However, drones have been proving to be more dangerous than anyone expected.
Although individuals can take steps to prevent drones from coming onto their property, this is not a foolproof way to prevent accidents. Drone injuries can and do occur, causing families to incur astronomical medical expenses as well as physical and emotional trauma.
Here’s how drones can cause traumatic brain injuries and how you can get the help you need after you or a loved one were harmed by a drone.
The most common form of drone accident occurs when a drone suddenly falls out of the sky and strikes someone. Heavy equipment and spinning blades can cause significant and even disfiguring injuries depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Causes of drone injuries include operator inexperience, hacking, and equipment malfunction.
Concussions are the mildest form of traumatic brain injury and occur with blunt force trauma. The force of a drone falling a short distance onto someone’s head can easily cause a concussion, which is typically marked by dizziness, confusion, and headaches.
Closed Head Injuries
Drones can also cause more serious closed head injuries when they fall from greater heights and with more force. These injuries can include but aren’t limited to contusions or bruises on the brain, internal hemorrhaging or hematomas, and diffuse axonal injuries.
Symptoms of closed head injuries are similar to concussions but are typically more severe. Loss of consciousness, headaches, dilated pupils, and speech and memory problems are often signs of a severe closed head injury.
Open Head Injuries
Open head injuries are one of the most severe types of brain injury. This occurs when an object penetrates the skull and injures the brain. This type of injury can be caused by a drone that is being flown irresponsibly or a drone that falls out of the sky if there is enough force propelling the drone.
Open head injuries require medical treatment immediately and damage to the brain may be able to be repaired surgically. There are few, if any, cases of open head injuries that do not require surgical intervention. In cases of severe closed and open head injuries, long term symptoms and permanent disability may occur.
Contact Mazow | McCullough, PC Today
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a drone injury, don’t hesitate to get legal help. At Mazow | McCullough, PC, we have experience helping victims and their families determine who may be responsible for a drone accident and holding them legally accountable for damages. Call today for a consultation at (855) 693-9084.