Brain and head injuries are among the most serious types of injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 alone, 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occurred. Brain injuries can be caused by any kind of accident and are extremely emotionally distressing and physically traumatic.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that resulted in a brain or head injury, the person who caused that accident may be liable for your injuries. If injured, you should consider seeking legal services immediately.
Causes of Brain and Head Injuries
Brain and head injuries can be the result of a variety of different types of accidents, although some are more common than others. According to Medline Plus, common causes of head injuries include:
- physical assault.
- slips and falls.
- accidents at home, work or outdoors.
- and, motor vehicle accidents.
While some injuries are minor, others are extremely severe, resulting in a traumatic brain injury or even death. A head injury may include bleeding in the brain, concussions, scalp wounds, skull fractures and more.
Signs of a Head Injury
Symptoms of a brain or head injury can occur immediately or set in well after the accident occurs, depending upon the type and severity of the injury. Typically, serious brain or head injuries will result in the person who sustained the injury becoming sleepy, acting strangely, losing consciousness, vomiting or feeling nauseous, having unevenly sized pupils, developing a severe headache, or being unable to move or lift a limb.
While the person may appear fine and look OK externally (the head has no visible damage), internal bleeding can occur. The spinal cord may be injured, and a traumatic brain injury that results in permanent loss of function can occur.
A brain or head injury is a serious event that can alter the course of a person’s life dramatically. Not only will an injury require medical care that can be expensive, but it also may prohibit a person from working in the future or cause permanent physical or psychological damage. In the worst cases, a brain injury can cause death.
Who’s liable for a brain or head injury?
In the case that someone else’s actions caused a brain injury, that person may be liable for any damages. Usually, liability is based on negligence. Negligence means that the person who caused the harm failed to act reasonably or with a reasonable standard of care.
For example, if a head injury was caused by a slip-and-fall accident because a property owner failed to warn of a spill, which then caused the slip, the property owner may be liable. Or if a car accident in which the other driver was drunk caused a brain or head injury, the other driver most likely will be considered liable.
Talk to a lawyer about your accident and the parties that might be liable for the resulting damages. Be sure to consider both short- and long-term damages — a head injury can cause long-lasting impairment.
Seek Experienced Legal Counsel
For questions about negligence in brain and head injuries, the process of filing a claim and how damages are usually awarded, seek legal counsel. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our attorneys can help you answer any legal questions and handle a liability claim against a negligent party.
If you need legal help, don’t wait any longer. Call us today at 619-296-5884 or use our online contact form to get started filing your claim.
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