The Troubling Aftermath of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries are described as catastrophic injuries from which victims will never fully recover from. Unlike a majority of body tissues, a human brain cannot regenerate its cells. When brain cells have been damaged, the areas of the body they normally control will also be affected. As a result, bodily function is almost always affected in the aftermath of a brain injury. Once brain damage has occurred, victims can face permanent issues with their ability to move, cognitive abilities, senses, emotions, or changes in personality.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, nearly 100 million Americans have suffered from a devastating brain disorder at some point in life. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that about 1.4 million people sustain a brain injury each year in the United States.
Brain injuries can come in many different ways and can show many different symptoms. Regardless, the consequences of a traumatic brain injury are everlasting, and victims and their families carry the burden of the injury for a very long time.
If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it may be possible to obtain monetary compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens associated with the injury. When the injury was caused as a result of another’s negligence, the victim has the legal right to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.
Common Causes of Accidents That Lead to a Catastrophic Brain Injury
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that a traumatic brain injury can be caused as a result of a jolt, blow, or bump to the head. It can also be caused by a penetrating injury to the head, which disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Brain injuries, however, can also be caused by cerebral hypoxia, which occurs when there is a lack of oxygen getting to the brain. Cerebral hypoxia can be caused by choking, carbon monoxide poisoning, or pressure on the windpipe.
The following are common causes of brain trauma:
- Slip and fall accidents,
- Car accidents,
- Sport-related accidents,
- Breathing toxic fumes,
- Medical malpractice,
- Swimming pool accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents, and
- Defective products
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that a head injury can take many days to become apparent. Still, symptom awareness is useful in early detection. The following are common symptoms of brain injury:
- Tingling or pain on only one side of the body,
- A loss of consciousness,
- The loss of balance or dizziness,
- Bleeding from the ear,
- Headaches that progress in magnitude,
- Sleepiness, and
Defend Your Right to Compensation. Speak to an Experienced Attorney Today
Brain trauma can result in a wide range of cognitive issues and physical capabilities. If you or a loved one has suffered brain injury because of the careless actions of another, it is critical to consider pursuing a claim against the wrongdoer. Speak to an attorney who will aggressively fight for your right to compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at Milligan, Bewick, Levine & Knox, LLP are highly skilled in the legal area of catastrophic brain injury. The firm is committed to helping victims of negligence obtain the compensation they deserve. Consider contacting the Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP firm today.