The brain is the body’s command center, controlling every one of our thoughts and actions. When a person experiences a brain injury, any one of their bodily functions could be at risk of being affected. Brain injuries can result in anything from chronic headaches to partial or total paralysis and loss of mobility. Even “mild” injuries such as concussions can leave lasting effects on their victims. When a brain injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, the impact is compounded by the fact that the injury could have been prevented.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 2 million people suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States in 2010. CDC data shows that fatal TBIs in children up to 4 years of age are overwhelmingly caused by assault, while the majority of TBIs resulting in death in older adults aged 65 and up are caused by falls. Younger adults aged 5 to 24 often suffer a TBI as a result of a motor vehicle accident. No matter what causes a TBI, the resulting damage can leave a lifelong impact on the injury victim.
It is important to know the signs of brain injury to look out for if you witness a suspected head injury. Not all head injuries result in serious TBIs, but sometimes the signs of a brain injury can be subtle. Know what to watch for:
Always seek medical care after any injury, especially a suspected TBI. Once the injured person’s condition is stabilized, document the injury and any expenses related to treatment of the injury. Gather your documentation and contact a local personal injury attorney to discuss pursuing legal action in the civil courts.
If you or a family member experienced a TBI and you want the person responsible for that injury held liable in court, contact a brain injury attorney in Seattle at Russell & Hill, PLLC. We believe injury victims deserve justice, and we can help you and your family pursue the recovery of damages. Damages are calculated by the courts taking factors such as pain and suffering, cost of medical care, loss of wages and loss of quality of life into consideration. Damages may then be paid out to you in the form of a cash award. Our legal services are fee-contingent, so you do not pay an attorney fee until your case has been won or a cash settlement has been reached. Contact us today for a free consultation.