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.

 

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