Brain Damage Cases
A brain injury is a life-altering event that can have devastating long-term consequences. The brain is the body’s microprocessor – responsible for everything from fine motor skills to personality. When the brain is damaged, both the victims and their families suffer. Seemingly simple everyday tasks such as picking up a fork and walking to the bathroom are suddenly overwhelming. These injuries, which are so often caused by the carelessness of others, are among the most challenging to overcome.
Whether you have sustained relatively minor brain damage or a catastrophic traumatic brain injury due to the actions of others, you deserve fair compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury, often shortened to TBI, is a designation reserved for the most catastrophic types of brain damage. This form of brain damage is caused by an external force striking the head, whether from the skull making impact with the ground or an object piercing the cranial plate to penetrate the brain. TBI is also shockingly common. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least 1.7 million Americans sustain a TBI every year. Although the majority of these injuries are concussions, falls also account for a large number of TBI cases.
Throughout my career, I have handled TBI cases resulting from a broad variety of injuries and accidents. When I talk to victims and their families, many are often unaware of the severity of the brain injury – or that it qualifies as a TBI. It is important to recognize that these catastrophic injuries can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Car accidents
- Work injuries
- Boating accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slips and falls
- Injuries sustained due to nursing home negligence
- Injuries sustained due to improper medications
- Injuries sustained due to medical negligence
Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, TBI can range from a moderate concussion to permanent disability or death. These injuries can also cause victims to lapse into an irreversible vegetative state, which is a devastating emotional and financial burden for their families.
Because scientists and health professionals are still learning about how the brain functions, it is difficult for doctors to predict how TBI victims will recover from their injuries. Although some individuals progress remarkably well, others regain very little of their former abilities. Unlike other organs, the brain does not regenerate. Once a portion is damaged, it is lost forever. The more severe TBI symptoms include paralysis, impaired speech, loss of motor skills, coma, personality disorder, and compromised reasoning ability.
Unfortunately, it is not just the TBI victim who suffers. Spouses, children, and other loved ones must struggle to come to grips with the often permanent nature of these injuries. Adjusting to the physical, mental, and emotional changes in someone you love is a tremendously difficult task that can create financial strain, broken relationships, and depression.
Other Brain Damage Injuries
Not all brain damage is caused by external trauma. Unlike traumatic brain injury, other forms of brain damage are more difficult to recognize. Because these injuries are not always noticeable, they often go undetected. Some victims are initially misdiagnosed, which delays critical treatment and exacerbates their injuries.
Often referred to as “silent” or “invisible” brain damage, these injuries often result from:
- Vascular accidents
- Birth accidents
- Improper medications or drugs
Although these injuries are not labeled “traumatic”, they can be just as devastating as TBI. Victims and their families face long-term physical and financial difficulties.
Helping Victims and Their Families Move Forward
Although money can never replace good health, it can help you move forward and put the accident behind you. I have built my practice on helping my clients receive the compensation they deserve to get on with their lives in a positive, meaningful way. No one should suffer disability while struggling to pay medical costs and afford the necessities of everyday life. If you or a family member has sustained a traumatic brain injury or other form of brain damage, call me today at (706) 731-9925 to discuss your case and learn about your options.
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