While there’s nothing that can undo the damage done , you do have rights under the law if you or a loved one suffers a brain injury caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or company. An experienced lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help you pursue rightful compensation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur annually, making it a serious public health matter in the United States. Brain injuries are responsible for about one-third of all deaths in the U.S. caused by injury, and the total costs in terms of medical bills and lost income exceed $76 billion.
If you or one of your family members has sustained a brain injury, you know itcan be pervasive and affect all aspects of life. You understand the expenses associated with treatment, the ongoing care that is necessary and the dramatic change in cognitive function, mood and personality that can occur. In a worst-case scenario, you understand the grief that comes when a loved one dies.
Causes of Head Trauma
Brain injury can occur any time someone suffers an open- or a closed-head wound. Not surprisingly, there are certain types of incidents that are especially likely to cause damage to the brain. For example:
- Caregiver.org reports that 28 percent are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
- The Mayo Clinic reports that falls are the most common cause of TBI, especially among kids and the elderly.
- The Mayo Clinic also indicates that 10 percent result from violence, and especially firearm injuries or assaults.
Other primary causes include sports accidents and recreational accidents such as on an ATV or injury while on a playground.
Symptoms and Consequences
Brain injuries can cause cognitive, physical and emotional impairments. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Inability to wake up
- Loss of memory
- Problems with concentration
- Difficulty communicating
- Confusion or a feeling of being disoriented
- Impaired thought and judgment
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Ringing in the ears
- Muscle spasms
- Double vision
- Difficulty smelling
- Slurred speech or other speech issues
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Numbness in the extremities
- Depression or anxiety
- Changes in mood or an inability to control your mood
- Problems controlling impulses
These symptoms can be temporary, intermittent or permanent. A brain injury victim may also need to learn basic tasks, may need to undergo extensive rehabilitation therapy, and may die as a result.
A Lawyer Can Pinpoint Negligence
If someone causes a brain injury as a result of negligent actions or wrongdoing, the individual or company can be responsible for compensating the victim and family members for all of the health issues that result. For example:
- A driver who speeds or violates safety laws can be held accountable for brain injury caused in a car accident.
- A store owner who neglected slippery floors leading to a slip-and-fall can be responsible for damages.
- A nursing home that failed to properly supervise a patient and that allowed the patient to fall can be responsible.
In these and other situations, it will be necessary to determine if a violation of safety laws or a person’s lack of care and irresponsibility was the direct cause. If so, the company or person who was irresponsible or who broke the law will need to pay for medical bills and costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress damages, or wrongful death damages. A lawyer can help you assess whether someone was to blame for causing the injury.
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Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can assist injured victims or their family members pursue a claim and obtain compensation for a head injury or damage to the brain. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can assist with your case.