Have you suffered a head injury due to an accident or negligence?
Statistics published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention show that an estimated 1.7 million people suffer from brain injuries annually. While nearly 80% are treated and released from the emergency department, many become hospitalized or die from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). In a personal injury lawsuit, a traumatic brain injury is considered a damage, which is directly or indirectly caused by a liable, negligent party. This negligent party may be an individual or group of people, companies or organizations whose actions or failure to act caused damages in the form of bodily injury.
Head injuries are most frequently caused by falls, accidents, traffic accidents, and assault. Brain injury is often caused by the head being struck by or against an object, though it may also result from a jolt causing the brain to hit the skull, such as from the impact of a car accident. In either instance, head injuries may result in severe brain damage, bleeding in the brain tissue, brain stem trauma, or skull fracture. It is not always clear if negligence led to a head injury; however, an experienced brain injury attorney will be able to help navigate the details of a situation and determine if there are grounds to file a civil lawsuit against a business, city, or manufacturer on your behalf.
Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment and recovery for head injuries may take months or become a lifelong process. Surgery, extensive brain injury rehabilitation, speech therapy, and occupational therapy may be required in the treatment and recovery of TBI. This can be expensive, especially if long-term care is needed. Some victims never regain the ability to speak, perform household duties, drive or return to work. TBI can also cause other health issues like epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age as stated by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. With a potential need for extended treatment or lifelong care, brain injury victims can accrue overwhelming medical expenses in addition to lost wages.
No two brain injury cases are alike.
Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe with many causes, symptoms, and treatment options that are unique to each victim. The Marrone Law Firm, LLC has had previous success representing victims who have sustained severe brain injury as a result of motorcycle accidents, car accidents, slip and fall due to poorly maintained property, dram shop cases involving assault or traffic accidents, and products liability. The brain injury victims we represent display major physical and cognitive difficulties, including significant changes in mood, depression, an inability to work or perform day-to-day tasks, among other extensive damages. Though TBI contributes to a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States, many survive and are left with the challenge of living with the effects. It is our duty to help our clients determine a life care plan and lead the process of recovering compensation that will be crucial in tackling their costly, long-term health needs.
Medical expenses for TBI victims can be significant, and dealing with insurance companies is often difficult and confusing. It is important to consult with an experienced brain injury lawyer after an accident to discuss the possibility of recovering compensation so that the injured party may receive adequate treatment and maintain their standard of living without worry.