Traumatic Brain Injury Laws

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How Common Are Brain Injuries?

More than 300,000 people each year suffer some form of moderate head injury that requires medical treatment and affects their ability to perform routine tasks. While brain injuries are commonly associated with car accidents, they can also occur from falls, defective products, and sports and job related accidents.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

Someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury may manifest physical, cognitive and behavioral problems. Some symptoms that may result from brain injury include: 

It is possible for a person showing these symptoms to carry on with normal functions for some time. Because of this, it would best serve a person who suspects that they may have a brain injury to seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

Challenges of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries may lie dormant, and the full impact and extent of the injuries may not be determined for many years. Brain injuries can require a wide range of medical treatments that may not be ascertained at the time of trial. These injuries range from mild to severe cases where the survivor requires intensive round-the-clock treatment from health care professionals.

The most difficult aspect for people recovering from brain injury is that often they show very few signs of physical injuries. These patients are often misdiagnosed and told they will recover given time.  Many victims do not receive the proper care and treatment needed for coping with their injuries. 

For these reasons it can be difficult to recover adequate damages for people who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries. It may also be hard to prove to a judge or jury that a brain injury is long-lasting or that the effects are permanent when there are no apparent physical or cognitive injuries. To help these victims recover for their losses requires professionals who are well-versed in the area of traumatic brain injuries.  

Do I Need to Consult a Brain Injury Attorney?

If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a brain injury, you should first seek immediate medical attention. You may also want to contact a personal injury lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine what damages you are entitled to and can represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 10-04-2014 05:26 PM PDT

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