One of the most challenging and severe injuries are traumatic brain injuries. TBI is experienced when an outside force traumatically injures your brain. The Centers for Disease Control holds that up to 1.4 million people suffer from traumatic brain injury annually. The disabilities associated with brain injuries vary based on the age of the victim, the condition of their health, and the seriousness of the injury. During the time of the accident and afterward, it is not always clear the kind of recovery one is likely to claim. Compensation for this type of injury usually takes time. It is important to hire an attorney as soon as you are involved in a brain injury.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
The common causes of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Vehicular accidents- side impact collision, head on collision, and rear end collisions that involve automobile, motorcycle, and bicycle crashes
- Fall injuries-falls from a ladder, roof, stairs, scaffold, or elevation
- Assault- an attack in an argument, fight, robbery or any altercation involving blunt force
Liability for Brain Injuries
Determining liability for a brain injury can be difficult even when the cause of the accident is clear. Identifying the individuals, agencies, and organizations liable for an accident can help you win a personal injury claim.
Falls in public places, businesses, and residential areas are caused by hazardous conditions. For example, if you fall in a residential area, the fall may be caused by unsafe conditions that the property owner failed to address. In such a situation, you can hold the property owner liable for negligence.
Third parties hired by a property owner or business owner may also be held liable for an accident. For example, when a cleaning service leaves mops and pails causing someone to trip and fall. In such a situation, you can hold the cleaning service liable for negligence.
Numerous hidden factors contribute to traffic accidents. These include poor maintenance of roads and the defects in the manufacture or design of vehicles. Government institutions also share liability for traffic accidents when they fail to rectify hazardous conditions.
Brain injuries are also caused by assaults. In assault cases involving brain injuries, there are usually criminal and civil issues involved in getting compensation. In some instances, the police or government officials may be held liable for using unlawful force that results in severe brain injuries.
Compensation for Brain Injuries
The Brain Trauma Foundation reports that up to 5.3 million Americans are living with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injuries. Severe head injuries increase one’s risk of developing serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Compensation for brain injuries covers rehabilitation, therapy, and medical expenses.