A brain injury is an injury to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. This can happen due to an external force or when the head sustains rapid acceleration or deceleration.
If you've ever had a head injury, you know firsthand how scary it can be. So dangerous that you might even think you might be brain-deadwhich is understandable because most people don't want to get hit in the head.
Brain injuries can range from mild, such as a concussion, to severe, such as a closed-head injury. Over a quarter-million people in the US live with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and 10%-30% of these patients die because of the damage.
Typical forms of brain injury include closed head injuries, concussions, and acquired brain injuries. With brain injuries, symptoms will vary, depending on the specific kind. A 'closed head injury' involves injuries where the skull sustains trauma. This applies to internal and external trauma and the stretching and tearing of nerve fibers. Concussions, for example, may or may not involve external injury but can happen due to sudden acceleration and deceleration (commonly called 'being 'slammed').
There are often two different types of acquired brain injury that are most common: Traumatic brain injury (often referred to as "TBI") and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), and these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. A TBI can also be referred to as a "closed head injury" acquired during an accident, fall, assault, or other events.
Epilepsy also commonly occurs as a result of brain injury. The unpredictable hallmark of epilepsy is that episodes can happen anytime, for no known reason. With brain injury, it is for this reason that it is crucial to seek medical treatment as soon as the damage occurs so that treatment can be provided to prevent future episodes.
Brain injuries often occur in children, including head injuries resulting from falls. But brain injuries can also occur from car crashes, child abuse, medical malpractice, and sports situations.
When people suffer brain injuries as the result of the wrongful conduct of someone else, they may be entitled to compensation for those injuries. This compensation is often called "damages" or money for your injuries. If the person who caused the damage were to be sued, the injured party (known as the "plaintiff") would need to bring a lawsuit (sometimes called a "lawsuit") to recover those damages.
Brain injuries can be severe, and the resulting damage varies greatly depending on the type and severity of the brain injury. Due to this, it's essential to be aware of the various types of cases, definitions, and laws that apply to brain injuries when developing a legal strategy.
Suppose you or a loved one has been the victim of a brain injury due to another party's negligence. In that case, a lawyer knowledgeable in this area of law can help you recover the compensation you deserve for the injury, suffering, medical and hospital care, current and future wage loss, and future maintenance and rehabilitation costs.
A personal injury claim is a civil action (as opposed to criminal activity) against someone (i.e., the defendant) who is believed to have injured you because of that person's negligence.
To prove that another person is liable for your injuries, you and your injury attorney must convince the judge or jury that the other person was negligent in their actions. In such cases, the injured party (aka the plaintiff or claimant) must prove that the person who caused their injuries was careless.
There isn't one law that governs when an injured person can file a personal injury claim. Instead, you must consult State statutes of limitations to determine when you can file a claim.