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When the brain sustains a traumatic injury, it can permanently change the victim’s life. Cognitive problems, loss of motor function, memory loss, speech impairments, permanent disability, and death can all result from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the U.S., there were 2.5 million emergency room visits and 56,000 deaths related to TBIs in one year alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Negligence causes many of these incidents. Another person’s lapse in judgment, reckless actions, or intent to harm can cause a TBI from which a victim never fully recovers. If this sounds like your situation, the personal injury attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm in Las Vegas are here to help.
From construction site accidents to mistakes during childbirth, brain injuries can happen in numerous circumstances.
All these accidents are all common causes of TBIs. In basic terms, anything that causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull, lose oxygen supply, or bleed and swell can result in a traumatic brain injury.
The brain can sustain damage in a number of ways. A blunt impact to the head, such the head striking the roadway in a car accident or another player in a football game, can cause a concussion and subsequent brain injury. Penetration injuries, such as gunshot or stab wound, can also affect the brain. If something cuts off oxygen to the brain (e.g., accidental drowning, anesthesia error, or birth injury), it can cause brain damage. Finally, something shaking the head too roughly, especially the head of a child, can cause swelling or bleeding in the brain.
No two brain injuries are alike. Each patient will experience different symptoms and effects. Some injuries inflict temporary damage from which the patient can eventually recover, such as dizziness or confusion. Others are permanent, and will always affect the victim’s life. If you or a loved one has permanent brain damage from a recent injury, retain an attorney. You may be eligible for significant compensation if negligence played a role in your accident.
After you or a loved one sustains any type of head injury, it’s vital to seek medical attention immediately. It’s also important to know the warning signs of a serious brain injury. A brain injury left unaddressed can lead to permanent disabilities or even death. If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
It’s especially important for parents to know the warning signs of a child’s brain injury. Children are much more susceptible to traumatic brain injuries than adults, and a child will most likely suffer far worse consequences for a brain injury than an adult. Brain injuries are often fatal for very young children and infants. A child with an undiagnosed brain injury may appear lethargic, drowsy, or uninterested in his or her favorite games and toys. They may also fall into fits of uncontrollable crying, during which time they appear inconsolable. If you believe your child has suffered any type of brain injury it is imperative that you seek emergency medical care immediately.
In most brain injury cases, a loved one of the victim handles the legal issues with an attorney. A brain injury can leave a victim incapacitated or otherwise unable to fully represent his or her own best interests in a legal case, so this responsibility typically falls to a spouse, parent, guardian, or domestic partner. It may also fall to an adult child of the victim. Whoever handles a brain injury lawsuit should work quickly to build a strong case and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include workplace accidents, vehicle crashes, acts of violence, military combat, and contact sports like football and ice hockey.
Gather as much evidence as you can from the injury-causing incident. If the police responded to a car accident in which your loved one suffered a brain injury, the police report from the crash will be invaluable to your case. If the injury occurred during a sporting event, try to locate footage of the accident as it occurred. In other cases, your attorney will work closely with you to identify the party responsible for your loved one’s brain injury.
Once you establish the defendant for your lawsuit, your attorney will help you gather the evidence necessary for proving the defendant’s negligence or responsibility for your loved one’s brain injury. This can include copies of hospital bills, invoices for specialist treatment, records of visits for rehabilitation or occupational therapy, and any other documentation that helps establish a link between the defendant’s actions and your loved one’s damages.
Brain injuries are often “catastrophic” in the eyes of the law, or an injury that causes disability. Catastrophic injuries qualify for the greatest amounts of compensation because they cost the victim the most. You may be able to recover for your financial losses as well as non-economic damages such as loss of quality and enjoyment of life. Lost capacity to earn, home and vehicle modifications, live-in care, mental anguish – all these are compensable damages in the state of Nevada. Speak to an brain injury attorney to learn the potential value of your case.
Anytime you’re in an accident that affects your head, see a doctor. You may not notice symptoms of a serious TBI right away, but medical scans can diagnose this issue. Quick diagnosis and prompt treatment can make a big difference in how much the brain injury ultimately affects the individual’s life. Surgery, therapy, and other methods can potentially limit symptoms of a TBI. Once you’re on the mend, contact our law firm in Las Vegas. We can help you file your personal injury claim and pursue just compensation.