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Types of Brain Injuries and Their Devastating Effects

Most people realize that the brain governs how the human body works. Without it, we would not think, feel, move, and breathe. Because of its importance, an injury to the brain can result in catastrophic outcomes for the entirety of one’s life. Injuries to the brain can cause a victim’s family to pay substantial medical or home care bills. Therefore, injuries to the brain are especially tragic and severe.

Consider the following scenarios, all featuring people with brain injuries:

  1. One morning a woman shopping at a grocery store slips and falls on olive oil that the store did not clean three hours after a spill. The woman hits her head on the shelf and a protruding end cap. The woman could sue the grocery store for a brain injury because the store did not clean a spill in a reasonable amount of time. As such, the store had a duty to provide a safe environment for its customers. Because the woman fell due to the story’s negligence, the woman may receive compensation if she has an injury.

  2. One evening, a teenager gets into a car accident and hits his head on impact. The teenager or family of the teenager could file suit against the driver who hit the teenager. A driver has a duty to drive in a safe and legal manner. If the driver breached his duty to drive in a non-negligent way, then the teenager could be compensated for injuries to his brain.

  1. During a game, a college football player is tackled and experiences a concussion. The player could potentially sue his school for failing to properly supervise the game, as long as it is determined that the school had a duty to protect the student during the sport and the school breached that duty, the school may be liable to the player. Even if the student signed a waiver to release the school from any liability, the player should still seek an attorney to determine whether the player has any recourse for his pain.

  1. Two teenage boys get into a fight at school. One punches the other in the head. The victim suffers from a headache and bruising. The family of the victim could sue the parents of the boy or the boy who hit the victim. Criminal charges could also be filed.

  2. A young woman is installing shelving in her home. The shelves fall on her head. She experiences memory loss. If the product was defective, the woman could pursue a claim against the manufacturer of the shelves or those within the chain that led to her purchasing the product.

  3. A man receives a brain injury after being hit by a driver on the highway. He subsequently dies from the medical complications related to the accident. His widow is left with medical and funeral bills, as well as a lifetime of grief and pain. The woman could sue the person who hit her husband for negligence, wrongful death, and loss of consortium.

The many forms of brain injuries vary. As in the examples above, the injuries to the brain could be the result of a fall, motor vehicle accident, or criminal attack. Injuries to the brain may have mild or severe symptoms. Absent a diagnosis from a physician, one might not know whether one has a severe brain condition until the condition is far too serious to alleviate, correct, or cure.

After an accident, incident, attack, or injury, it is important to consult a medical professional about the extent of your injuries, including injuries to the head and brain. The extent of the injury may be mild or severe, and what appears to be mild may indeed be quite severe. It is important that a victim accurately document his or her symptoms after any accident, incident, attack, or injury because it is important to understand the full extent of the suffering in any legal case.

Brain injuries are often scary and life-threatening. Some signs of a brain injury include memory loss, headache, anxiety, dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, sadness, lightheadedness, vision problems, and more. If you experience any of these symptoms or any type injury to your head or brain, you should contact an experienced physician and legal professional. You and your family may be entitled to compensation.

If you have any questions about brain injury matters, personal injury law, tort law, damages, or other legal incidents, please contact our offices. You may schedule a free consultation with an experienced professional today. Call 978-225-9030 during business hours or complete a contact form online.

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