Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can leave their victims permanently disabled‚ and in the worse cases‚ individuals can experience a loss of cognitive functioning and motor skills. Simply put‚ life may never be the same for the sufferer of a brain injury‚ but certain therapies and medical treatments may be able to improve their quality of life. Most of these treatments are expensive and must be administered over a period of many years. After a traumatic brain injury‚ you may find yourself responsible for the following types of therapies:
- Physical and rehabilitative therapy
- Mental health treatment
After an injury‚ a patient may need help learning to perform basic tasks again‚ and in severe cases‚ extreme personality changes can occur. When an individual or family is responsible for shouldering the cost of the treatments above‚ they can expect to spend upwards of $100‚000.
Concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injuries‚ and they are most frequently caused by a sudden and direct blow to the head. The physiological impact of a concussion is usually temporary‚ and most of the time‚ patients do not lose consciousness. Some of the most common effects of concussions include:
- Severe headache
- Deterioration of coordination and balance
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of memory
- Nausea and vomiting
Other symptoms‚ such as ringing in the ears‚ delayed response time‚ fatigue‚ and irritability are also observed. Some individuals suffering from concussions are unaware‚ and as time progresses‚ the injury worsens. A concussion is one of the mildest types of brain injuries‚ and when treated promptly and efficiently‚ most patients make a full recovery.
Cases Involving Negligence
If your brain injury was caused by someone else’s irresponsible or negligent actions‚ you may be able to seek financial compensation. Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by car accidents‚ physical assaults‚ slips and falls‚ and sport activities‚ but if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence‚ the law may allow you to hold that person liable. Individuals and entities often have an obligation to keep others safe‚ and when they fail to do this‚ they are placing the lives of others in danger.
To win a lawsuit‚ you must establish that the other party is directly responsible for your injury. You must do this by proving that the other party had a duty to engage in certain actions‚ but failed to. For example‚ if you slipped on ice in the parking lot of a retail store and sustained a brain injury‚ the retailer could be held liable if they did not adequately clear the parking lot of ice. Since the retailer was open to customers‚ it had a duty to ensure that those customers were safe. You could also pursue a case if the retailer failed to warn customers of potentially slippery areas.
Here at Jurewitz‚ we know that a traumatic brain injury can leave a lasting impact on its victim. When you work with a Carlsbad personal injury attorney at our office‚ you can be sure that you will be treated with respect and compassion. To discuss your case‚ contact us now at (760) 585-4640.