A primary question that survivors of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often want an answer to is the same question often asked by the immediate family members of a loved one who died after experiencing a traumatic brain injury. People want to know the answer to questions about compensation for a brain injury. The answer is that there is no one answer that the experienced brain injury lawyers at Strong Law can provide to every client that had a head injury. Each case is different, and has many complex and unique factors.
The individual facts related to each case, and other relevant factors help to determine the compensation that a person with a brain injury is entitled to receive, or that the loved ones of a deceased individual who died after sustaining a brain injury are eligible to receive as compensation for the brain injury.
What Types of Accidents Cause Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries are more common than most people likely think that they are when considering injuries to the head and brain. These types of injuries can range from mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) to more severe traumatic brain injuries that cause severe injuries, up to and including permanent disability or death.
Most people are familiar with recent reports that sports injuries can cause brain injuries during the course of normal play of some contact sports. There are several types of brain injuries that are often caused by the negligence of another party. You do not have to experience the devastating effects of a brain injury alone when you have attorneys fighting for you that have considerable experience with brain injury cases. Strong Law attorneys gather evidence for each case, and consider the type of accident involved that resulted in the brain injury. Examples of accidents that can cause brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Blows to the head
- Fall injuries
- Other types of accidents such as blast injuries or recreational activities
Employers, retailers, home owners and other parties have a responsibility for the safety of others while other people are on their property, in their employment, shopping at their establishment or while conducting other business at their establishment. Drivers have a responsibility to obey traffic laws that not only protect them, but that also protect other drivers and their passengers. Pedestrians have a right to be protected against the negligence of others, and so do bicyclists who practice safety and who obey the laws related to riding bicycles.
How Common are Brain Injuries?
The accidents that cause brain injuries should never be brushed off and should never be considered to be a rare occasion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 166 people die in the U.S. every day from traumatic brain injuries. The CDC also reported that in 2018, there were more than 223,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. that were related to a traumatic brain injury.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out the fact that 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury each year, and that these types of injuries affect all age groups. Motor vehicle accidents are listed as the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury in a recent report, and are also listed as the leading cause of death among individuals that sustain a head injury that is related to a motor vehicle traffic accident.
Slip and fall accidents can cause many types of head injuries, including brain injuries. Pedestrians or bicyclists that become involved in an incident through no fault of their own also add to the large number of people who experience a brain injury caused by the negligence of another party.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Some head injuries heal in time. Injuries that result in a brain injury may take longer to heal, may cause significant injuries, life-altering changes, and even death. Different areas of the brain can be affected when you or a loved one has a brain injury. The symptoms that a person has after a brain injury often help the emergency department physicians or medical specialists determine the areas of the brain that are affected as a result of the head injury.
Healthline explains that the frontal lobe is the area that controls speaking, making judgements, personality and emotions. If you have a frontal lobe brain injury, you may have difficulties with speaking, may experience impulsivity or may show changes in personality.
A person who has a brain injury to the parietal lobe has an injury to the midportion of the brain that controls most of the senses. A brain injury to this region may cause issues with hearing, taste and other issues.
Did you or a family member have an accident that resulted in a brain injury to the temporal lobe? The temporal lobe is located at the sides of the brain. You or your loved one may experience difficulties with hearing, with memory or understanding spoken words.
The occipital lobe is the back section of the brain that is responsible for your vision. Individuals that have a traumatic brain injury to the occipital lobe may potentially experience issues with their vision.
Damage to the brain stem that is caused by an accident is serious, and often results in life-threatening injuries and complications.
There are a multitude of other symptoms that a person with a brain injury may have, including headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, or loss of balance. Some people develop sensitivity to light or sound, experience mood changes, sleep difficulties, or depression. These symptoms may be present whether or not the individual experienced immediate symptoms after the accident, such as feeling dazed, confused, or experiencing a loss of consciousness.
How Do I Seek Compensation for my Brain Injury?
The attorneys at Strong Law understand the seriousness of brain injuries that were the result of an injury or an accident that was not your fault. We have the knowledge that is required to protect your rights and the rights of your loved one. We fight to win for our clients, and have won six-figure and seven-figure settlements for some clients in the past.
The amount of settlement that you receive from the responsible party or parties depends on several factors, such as the type of injury to your head, the severity of the brain injury, the facts of the case, the results of medical reports, your necessary treatments, your losses, and other details that are specific to your individual case. Some examples of those details include your lost wages, your future ability to work, and your pain and suffering, including the reduction in your long-term quality of life.
Contact the head injury lawyers at Strong Law today so that we can start the process of reviewing the circumstances related to your brain injury accident. We will determine the ideal steps forward that will result in the best possible legal outcome for your brain injury case.