If Your Brain Injury was Caused by Someone Else’s Mistake or Negligence, You may be Entitled to Compensation

Accidents can result not only result to property damages, but also to physical injuries which are much worse and which can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious ones, like broken bones, amputated limbs, spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The brain, which forms the nervous system with the spinal cord and the neurons (the basic unit of nervous tissues, which are the ones responsible in sensing stimuli and communicating signals to and from the different parts of the body), controls the whole body, making it one of the human body’s very important organs. Due to this, any forceful impact which can affect the way it functions or, worse, damage it, will also affect the way the whole body works.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2006 – 2010, the leading cause of traumatic brain injury was falls; these were followed by unintentional blunt trauma, the result of being hit by an object, motor vehicle accidents, and assault or violence, explosions, sport and recreation-related accidents, and other types of accidents which can cause a forceful blow or jolt to one’s head.

Brain injuries, as explained in an article posted at zavodnicklaw.com, can be devastating for both victims and their loved ones. Not only can you lose functionality of basic motor skills, but suffering brain trauma threatens loss of core personality traits, memories, mental faculties, and independence. Because of the complexity of these injuries, they often require a higher standard of care than other physical injuries.

The road to recovery is also not a simple one, since it may necessitate physical therapy, rehabilitative care, speech therapy, or specialized treatment. In children, symptoms of brain injury differ slightly, often culminating in changes in behavior, loss of new skills, irritability, and trouble balancing. Children can acquire a brain injury through many of the same ways that adults can, with caregiver abuse as an additional cause. Thus, if one’s brain injury was caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence, a victims and his/her family may be entitled to compensation.

 

Avoiding Drunk Driving Accidents

Reckless driving is an unacceptable cause of car accidents, and one of the most common reckless behaviors is drunk driving. In fact, it is so reckless that most local governments recognize it, so it is illegal almost anywhere you go.
Still, drunks drive and cause traffic accidents, and sometimes, even innocent parties are involved undeservingly. But according to the website www.kff-law.com, those who have been injured in car accidents because of someone else’s fault, like a drunk driver’s, may have legal options, which is a good thing.
But avoiding drunk driving accidents is still the better option. Below are some of the things you can do to avoid drunk driving yourself:

  • Avoid drinking too much – It is called drunk driving, so you just have to avoid either being drunk or driving. You can avoid being drunk by avoiding alcohol altogether. Learn how to say no sometimes to your friends.
  • Leave your car – Again, you can avoid either being drunk or driving. To avoid driving, the best thing to do is to leave your car at home. This way, you will not be forced to drive home when you are already under the influence of alcohol.
  • Use other transportation options – Since you are leaving your car behind, you are passing the burden of driving to somebody else. You can surely count on train operators, bus drivers, and even Uber and Lyft drivers to get you to your destination safely.
  • Get a driver – Sometimes, the drinking session is spontaneous so you still have your car with you. In those instances, it is better to get a driver that can drive for you when you are already too impaired to do it yourself. This person should not consume any impairing products.
  • Stay put – If you already have your car with you and you do not have a designated driver, one thing to consider is to stay put until you become sober. This is a good option if you are already in a private place, like a friend’s apartment.