Apr 24, 2017

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Brain Injury – A Serious Result of Irresponsible or Negligent Act

Brain Injury – A Serious Result of Irresponsible or Negligent Act

Any injury that would directly affect and damage any part of the human brain is a serious matter as this can cause severe effects, such as unconsciousness, amnesia, disability, comatose or even death. Injuries which result from the carelessness, recklessness or negligence of another individual, a business firm or a government entity, are called personal injuries, and these can be sustained through due to many different causes, including slip and fall accidents, defective products, exposure to hazardous materials, medical errors, vehicular accidents and so forth. Some personal injuries are severe, resulting to prolonged disability or even a victim’s untimely death. But whether severe or minor, personal injuries always lead to costly medical treatment and financial loses, especially if the injury causes a person to miss, or be incapable of, work. Thus, under the law, victims of this type of injury have the right to receive compensation from the liable party to cover present and future damages.

Brain injury, also called traumatic brain injury (TBI), is an extremely serious personal injury; it can damage one or more areas of the brain, resulting to temporary/permanent functional disability or psychosocial impairment, which can affect one’s reasoning, memory, abstract thinking, judgment, processing of information, cognition, problem-solving ability and language. It can also make a person more vulnerable to serious illnesses, like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and other illnesses that can affect the circulatory, respiratory or digestive system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than one million people in the U.S. who are treated for brain injuries annually, more than 50,000 die.

TBI, which is a result of a sudden, forceful blow to the head, can be caused by any of the following accidents:

  • Accidents involving non-motorized pedal cycles, like bicycles;
  • Violence, assaults or gunshot wounds on the head;
  • Falls (which are very common among senior citizens and children 4 years old or below);
  • Sports-related accidents;
  • Blast or explosion; and,
  • Motor vehicle accidents

According to the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “it is often possible for people, who have sustained TBI, to receive financial compensation when another person or party is responsible for causing their injuries or illness. Because of this, many victims are able to not only get the financial support they need to better deal with the aftermath, but are also able to get much-needed closure and justice. Thus, if you and your loved ones are dealing with TBI or other injuries as a result of another person or company’s negligence, you should not have to deal with the consequences on your own.”

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