Seeking Legal Compensation Because of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A personal injury in which the brain suffers a trauma represents a sometimes uniquely difficult challenge in the personal injury law context. This is because, if a traumatic brain injury victim’s memory, speech, or even consciousness have been severely limited, he or she may be unable to recall or speak to the events and persons responsible for the injuries suffered. During this time, medical bills may become astronomical. Worse still, a traumatic brain injury may ultimately result in a wrongful death with the victim losing his or her life as a result of brain damage. In either instance, traumatic brain injury victims and their loved ones so dearly need an advocate for their rights and needs.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The causes of a traumatic brain injury are all too many and include:
- Auto accidents;
- Construction accidents;
- Physical assault;
- Slips and falls;
- Exposure to chemicals.
Typically, a severe blow to the head is the cause of the traumatic brain injury. When this occurs, the victim may experience the following symptoms (and more):
- Temporary or permanent loss of cognitive function;
- Temporary or permanent loss of particular bodily functions;
- Coma; and
- Brain death.
The consequences of these losses and harms may be far-reaching, from the initial medical bills and rehabilitation process, to lost income due to missed work or even an inability to ever return to one’s occupation, to short or long-term disabilities, to loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium with a loved one.
Legal Damages Available to Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
Even while a traumatic brain injury victim's communication abilities are impaired, an experienced personal injury attorney can work to confirm facts surrounding the brain injury-causing event(s) and hold at-fault persons, businesses, or institutions responsible for the terrible damage wrought. First and foremost, an experienced attorney will advocate for legal compensation for the cost of medical care, from the time period immediately following the traumatic brain injury to the future. This is so important because a traumatic brain injury victim may require around-the-clock care, forever unable to return full-time and in some cases even part-time employment.
An experienced Fremont personal injury attorney will tirelessly work to obtain this compensation for a traumatic brain injury victim, as well as seeking damages for pain and suffering, and all other losses suffered.