A serious injury to the brain is one of the most devastating injuries possible. Brain injuries can have life-altering consequences and have lifelong treatment costs.
Someone who has suffered a brain injury may face irreversible damage and, in severe cases, have the need for daily personal care and assistance. If a brain injury is the result of an accident caused by another’s disregard for safety, the injured person and his or her family have a right to seek compensation from the person or business at fault.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else, you may have a right to file a personal injury claim and demand monetary compensation. The compassionate attorneys of Becker Law Office understand the many challenges a brain injury survivor faces. We work to recover full compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and pursue a settlement that addresses your lifetime needs.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with Becker Law Office about your legal rights after a brain injury accident.
Types of Brain Injuries
Any disruption of normal brain function caused by an external force is known as a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Typically, a TBI results from a violent blow or jolt to the head that pushes the brain against the inside of the skull and damages brain tissue. In other cases, a foreign object, such as a bullet or debris from an explosion, breaks through the skull and tears into the brain, creating an open head injury.
If the brain is deprived of blood or oxygen, loss of brain cells will occur, and the individual will likely experience permanent brain damage that causes losses in the ability to control physical and/or cognitive functions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says approximately 2 million TBI cases occur every year, resulting in $11.5 billion in direct medical costs and $64.8 billion in indirect costs (e.g., lost wages, lost productivity, and nonmedical expenditures).
Brain injuries cause symptoms ranging from mild confusion and discomfort to lasting brain damage and fatal injuries. Depending on the severity of an injury, the brain injury victim may suffer pain, fatigue, memory loss, concentration problems, impaired judgment, uncontrollable mood changes, diminished cognitive and/or physical abilities, and extended loss of consciousness.
A brain injury may be categorized as:
Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury
The consequences of brain injuries vary. In every case, it is important to get medical attention right away. Even a seemingly mild bump to the head may cause serious internal bleeds that that can create a life-threatening medical emergency.
Causes of Head Injuries
Brain injuries may happen any time and to anyone. However, there are certain types of accidents that often lead to brain injury.
Common causes of brain injury include:
Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian crashes and bicycle accidents
Shaken baby syndrome
Many brain injuries occur as a result of the negligence of someone else, such as a driver who causes a crash or a property owner who fails to maintain his property. If you or a loved one suffers a brain injury due to negligence or wrongdoing, you may take legal action to recover compensation for your losses.
Compensation We’ll Seek for You After a Brain Injury
A person hospitalized with a serious TBI may need brain surgery to repair damaged tissue and/or relieve pressure on the brain. After recovering from surgery, most brain injury patients will begin what is likely to be a lengthy course of rehabilitative therapy. Rehab may focus on recovering and strengthening motor skills and cognitive capabilities.
Many brain injury victims recover some level of function over time and can look forward to a dramatically changed but satisfactory life. Some brain injury victims are bedridden and will require round-the-clock care and attention.
Every brain injury is different, and how each accident victim responds to a TBI is unique, but medical care and the losses suffered by a severe TBI victim are incredibly costly.
To pursue compensation for a client who has suffered a brain injury, Becker Law Office will investigate the facts of the accident to determine who should be held liable. We will consult with your doctors to get an understanding of your long-term medical needs. Our attorneys will locate all insurance policies that may cover your losses.
Our attorneys will calculate your costs and other losses, which may be recovered as compensable losses, including:
Pain and suffering
When our attorneys work to determine damages for medical expenses, we will consult independent medical professionals about a client’s long-term prognosis and expected future medical needs and costs. In cases of permanent disability, we may work with life-care planning consultants who can develop estimates of lifelong medical and personal care needs.
We will also work with you and/or your family, friends, colleagues, to obtain statements about what your life was like before the accident and since your brain injury to show the effect on your quality of life and your pain and suffering.
If a brain injury leads to permanent brain damage or the loss of a loved one, family members of victims can take legal action to recover compensation for loss of companionship and lost financial support. When a family member pursues a claim after a loved one’s death, this is called a wrongful death claim.