Head and brain injuries, commonly referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can be life-changing. Victims of serious brain injuries may face a lifetime of disabilities and suffering. Whether the brain injury was caused by a serious car accident, boating accident, slip-and-fall or defective product, victims of brain injuries may pursue financial compensation for their losses.Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are extremely complex and in many cases, a full recovery from one may be impossible. The way that the brain is injured and the location of the damage plays a huge role on the type of symptoms a victim will have to endure. Common brain injuries include:
- Brain Damage: This type of injury may occur from a head injury, electric shock or disease. In many cases, the injured victim may suffer memory loss, face a reduced quality of life and face substantial life changes.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: This is when an external force damages the brain tissue. This is the most common form of brain injury suffered in car accidents, acts of violence, falls and other forms of blows to the head. Someone does not have to have visible head trauma for internal brain injuries to be sustained. When a serious whiplash accident occurs, for example, the brain may impact the inside of the skull causing devastating damage.
- Acquired Brain Injury: This is a type of brain injury that results from strokes, tumors and other internal factors.
- Head Injury: Minor head injuries may result in scars, cuts and bruises. Severe head injuries often lead to brain damage.
- Concussions: When the brain is battered or shaken a concussion may occur. The victim of a concussion may lose consciousness, and become dazed and disoriented. When someone suffers a severe concussion or multiple concussions, permanent damage may occur.
Victims of brain injuries face a wide range of possible symptoms. Many brain injury victims suffer severe symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness and short-term memory loss. Brain injury victims also undergo an extensive rehabilitation process. In severe cases, victims may have to relearn common skills such as eating, bathing, walking or dressing themselves. If not properly diagnosed and treated right away, even a minor brain injury can have lifelong consequences.Brain Injury Victims
Depending upon the cause of the injury, victims may be able to receive compensation for their losses. Victims of someone else’s negligence, for example, may hold the at-fault party civilly liable for the incident by filing a personal injury claim. Not only should a successful claim provide compensation for current medical expenses, it should also cover all future medical bills related to the injury. The experienced Miami brain injury attorneys at Ruth E. Johnson understand the emotional and financial burdens a serious injury can have on a victim and the victim’s family. We offer free consultations and case evaluations to anyone who has suffered a serious brain injury.