A brain injury can be catastrophic for a person’s life and his or her family. In most cases, a brain injury takes a physical, financial, and psychological toll on the victim. When a brain injury happens because of another’s negligence, that is when the victim and family should consider filing a lawsuit against the offender. Depending on the situation, the severity of the injury, and degree of loss, victims may be eligible for life-changing compensation.
Causes of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries may result from a long list of reasons, the majority including car accidents, slip and fall incidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, or other trauma. Statistically, the following are the leading personal injury cases where brain injuries are sustained by victims:
- Slip and fall: slipping, tripping, or falling because of a wet floor or object while visiting a property.
- Vehicular accidents: brain injuries are responsible for more than a quarter of deaths due to car crashes.
- Physical assault: around 10% of brain injuries had been caused by a violence incident.
- Medical malpractice: when a medical professional fails to provide a certain standard of care and it leads to patient harm or death.
- Unintentional blunt trauma: a common example of this would be an accident where a construction worker was struck by a fallen item.
Categorizations of Brain Injuries
Symptoms of brain injuries often include nausea and/or vomiting, an unrelenting headache, dizziness, slurred speech, memory loss, period of unconsciousness, and sudden behavior changes. It is important to get medical care if you suspect you or a loved one has sustained any of these brain injuries:
- Blast injury: injury from the force of an explosion.
- Closed-head injury: skull is intact but brain bleeding, pressure, or concussion may be occurring.
- Penetrating head injury: trauma to the head that breaks or fractures the skull, due to ground or object.