When your loved one’s personality seems to disappear because of a brain injury, leaving you to care for a virtual stranger, you may feel completely lost. If you are the victim of a brain injury, your frustration at the length of time it takes to get better is understandable. In addition to the support of friends and family, the financial needs in caring for someone with a brain injury can seem astronomical. If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury, an experienced brain injury attorney can get you the compensation you deserve.
Approximately two million brain injuries are reported in the United States each year. About three quarters of these are traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which result in bruising, swelling or tearing of the brain. Blunt trauma to the skull is the leading cause of TBI. About half are the result of automobile accidents.
Brain injuries are unique in that many of the affects of a brain injury are difficult to quantify and prove at trial. That is why you need an experienced brain injury lawyer to handle your brain injury lawsuit.
A less frequent cause of brain injury is “anoxic brain injury” which results from prolonged lack of oxygen, causing brain cells to die. This may occur as a result of strangulation, drowning, choking, or other respiratory difficulties.
Both kinds of brain injuries can leave a victim in varying states of debilitation, but often lead to:
- Sight, speech or hearing loss
- Loss of voluntary or involuntary motor functions
- Loss of memory and reasoning abilities
- Depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder
Concussions are yet another type of brain injury also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Damage from successive concussions is cumulative and can lead to premature senility, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. A severe concussion may lead to a coma. Concussions often occur in sports related injuries. In fact, more than 300,000 sport-related head and traumatic brain injuries occur annually in the U.S.
One recent study involving post mortem study of the brains of 91 former NFL players found that 96% of them tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This research indicates that the biggest risk is not the hard hits resulting in concussions, but it may be the repeated minor head trauma accumulated over years of playing contact sports.
Brain injuries are sometimes caused by negligence in auto accidents, poorly maintained workplaces or defective products. When this is the case, a victim may be entitled to recover compensation for current and future medical costs, loss of current and future earnings, pain and suffering and even punitive damages. Families of the victim may receive compensation if they must change their lifestyle to care for their loved one. If a brain injury was present but not diagnosed, or if it resulted from improper medical procedures, victims and their families may also file a claim against the physician, hospital or HMO.
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Brain injury liability cases can be quite complex. A qualified brain injury lawyer can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
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