According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.4 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries annually in the US and over 50,000 die each year as a result of complications arising from their injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can result in long term complications that affect the day to day lives of the victims. Treating and managing these conditions can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is therefore worth looking into the causes of brain injuries and your legal rights if you or your loved has been injured.
Causes of traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be defined as injuries to the brain that result in a disruption of its normal function. These injuries occur when a great force in the form of a blow or bump is applied to the head causing the brain to move within the skull. This movement results in damage to part of the brain.
Traumatic brain injuries are classified based on the level of severity. Concussions are the most common type of mild traumatic brain injuries. Severe injuries include those involving fractures to the skull or internal bleeding.
Mild injuries such as concussions can become severe injuries in cases of repeated trauma. This is because many people shrug off the symptoms associated with mild injuries, such as headaches, nausea or dizziness. They put themselves at risk of subsequent traumatic brain injuries, which can result in severe brain damage.
Negligence resulting in traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are often the result of preventable accidents. These accidents may be caused by the negligence of another person. Depending on the circumstances, victims may be entitled recover both economic and non-economic losses from the negligent party by filing a brain injury lawsuit.
Negligence (or a breach of duty of care) must be proved if the claim is to be successful. The plaintiff must also prove the third-party’s negligence resulted in the injury. They must also show how this injury has resulted in economic and non-economic losses.
Good examples of situations involving negligence that can result in traumatic brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents.
It is important for victims to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Some symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may not be apparent immediately after the accident. However, injuries can be identified through medical examination.
Injured parties should seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney after receiving treatment and recovering as much as possible. This will help to ensure that you are compensated for your losses.