Can I file a personal injury claim for a brain injury?

If you were injured in an accident of any kind caused by someone’s negligence or carelessness, contact an attorney without delay to speak with an experienced brain injury lawyer. We represent victims who have sustained catastrophic injuries such as a brain injury. Our efforts have resulted in obtaining significant settlements from those responsible for harming them. Call us for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your injury and learn how we may be able to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.

Are brain injuries common among accident victims?

Across America, millions of people sustain life-changing brain injuries every year. Because the brain controls motor skills and other vital functions, when it is injured it can severely affect the individual’s quality of life. This is true for even so-called minor brain injuries because in reality, there is no such thing as a minor brain injury. It’s important for victims to receive the best possible medical care and without delay in order to possibly reduce or control the injury’s repercussions. The manner and severity of their injury symptoms will vary depending on the nature of the injury. Their long term prognosis will also vary and is dependent on a number of factors besides the injury itself: their overall health, early treatment intervention, and quality of medical care. This is daunting for anyone, but for those who may not have the financial resources to respond as necessary to their injury, it can be catastrophic. 

What is an acquired versus a traumatic brain injury?

A brain injury that is acquired is one that is caused by a medical condition such as a stroke, a brain tumor, or an aneurysm. In other words, it is not hereditary or congenital so it was not present from birth and is not inherited through the family’s gene pool. An acquired brain injury is usually not degenerative so it will not worsen with age.

A brain injury that is traumatic is one that results from impact (or penetration) of the brain from an object. In other words, the cause is external rather than an internal condition or event. Common scenarios that may result in a traumatic brain injury include car accidents or physical assaults.

A traumatic brain injury is more common than an acquired brain injury when victims seek compensation from the at-fault party for their damages.

Should I seek medical attention before contacting a lawyer?

Always! Even serious or traumatic brain injuries are not always immediately apparent after the accident occurs. Prompt medical attention can make the difference between a positive prognosis and a concerning one. In the most serious of cases, it is known that someone suffering from a serious brain injury was able to function seemingly normally immediately after the event, but subsequently died because they did not get prompt medical treatment and so they went undiagnosed until it was too late.

If you sustained a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, contact a personal injury lawyer, like a brain injury lawyer, today.