How Do Brain Injuries Occur?
Like all personal injuries, brain injuries can occur for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common causes of brain trauma:
- Car or truck crash
- Workplace incident
- Medical malpractice
- Sports injury
- Military incident or explosion
- Violence (e.g., gunshot wound, domestic abuse)
Alternatively, an anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. This sometimes occurs in cases of medical malpractice or to a baby during birth.
Infants (newborn to 4 years old) are more susceptible to brain injuries than the general population. Other vulnerable groups include:
- The elderly (60+)
- Teenagers/young adults (15-24)
- Men (all ages; more likely to suffer brain injuries than women)
You can curb the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s safety tips. (No. 1: Wear a seatbelt.)
What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
This may surprise you, but not all brain injuries are immediately apparent, especially in the case of concussions. If you’re not sure if you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, watch for the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Personality change
- Trouble speaking
- Memory problems
More obvious and extreme brain injuries can alter a person’s consciousness, leading to one of the following states:
- Comatose (unconscious and unresponsive)
- Vegetative (conscious but unaware of surroundings)
- Barely conscious (some awareness of self and/or surroundings)
- Brain-dead (no measurable brain activity, an irreversible condition)
What Complications Can Arise From Brain Injuries?
Survivors of traumatic brain injuries can suffer long-term consequences that impact their lives as well as those of their loved ones:
- Seizures: Recurring post-TBI seizures are called post-traumatic epilepsy.
- Frequent headaches can persist for months or years after the injury.
- Infections: If untreated, these can spread from the brain to the rest of the nervous system.
- Hydrocephalus is fluid buildup in the brain, which can cause pressure and swelling.
- Blood vessel damage can lead to blood clots or stroke.
- Vertigo is characterized by dizziness, disorientation, and lack of balance.
Needless to say, complications from brain injuries can be absolutely devastating.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
If someone has suffered a brain injury, they may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills and other damages.
For example, if they were in a car accident in which the other driver was at fault, the other party might be liable for the injured person’s damages. Or if someone suffered a wound on the job because their employer maintained unsafe work conditions, the employer might be considered negligent. If the injury occurred because of medical malpractice, a doctor and/or hospital might be responsible.
Regardless of how the trauma occurred, a lawyer can help determine if someone should file a brain injury lawsuit. If so, the attorney will help steer the client through the legal process, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting experts. A skilled personal injury lawyer will handle every aspect of the claim, taking it to trial if necessary. They will build the strongest possible case so the injured party can focus on getting better.
Importantly, most personal injury attorneys are free to hire unless the client wins a settlement or jury verdict, at which point the law firm accepts a percentage of the money recovered.
Brain injuries and their complications can destroy a person’s health, career, and finances. As a result, there are many types of damages a person may be able to recover through a lawsuit:
- Medical bills (medicine, hospital stays, physical therapy, etc.)
- Pain and suffering (physical pain and/or emotional distress)
- Lost wages and/or loss of earning capacity
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Funeral expenses (in the case of the death of a loved one)
Full compensation for these damages can help a person get their life back on track. If you think you or a loved one might qualify for a brain injury lawsuit, please don’t hesitate to contact us.