Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability in the U.S. every year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 5.3 million Americans require long-term care as a result of these injuries.
Common Brain Injury Causes
- Falls are the leading cause of brain injury for children under age four or adults over age 75 years.
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Struck by/against events is where the head is jolted by a collision with a moving or stationary object. This often includes concussion injuries.
- Assaults or violent encounters often involving gunshot wounds.
Brain Injury Classifications
Brain injuries are generally classified into two categories: mild and severe.
Mild Brain Injuries
Mild injuries occur when a person suffers loss of consciousness, confusion, and disorientation for a period shorter than 30 minutes. Symptoms of mild brain injuries include headaches, cognitive problems, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings, difficulty thinking, and frustration.
Severe Brain Injuries
Severe brain injuries typically result in a loss of consciousness lasting more than 30 minutes and a loss of memory lasting longer than 24 hours. These injuries can cause anything from the impairment of cognitive functions to comatose states.
Brain Injury Compensation
Traumatic brain injury victims who have been injured as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of others have the right to file a personal injury claim and recover damages. Because brain injuries are among the most expensive injuries to treat, settlements and jury verdicts in these cases are often sizable.
If you have suffered a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses – hospital, surgical, and ambulance bills.
- Rehabilitation costs – physical therapy and future medical care.
- Diminished earning capacity – compensation for future earnings lost due to the injury.
- Lost income – payment for wages lost.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe head injury or brain injury, a brain injury lawsuit may be the best means of obtaining the compensation you deserve. At Pope McGlamry, our attorneys provide victims with thorough and experienced representation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.