Every year, many types of injuries plague millions of people worldwide. However, few are as devastating as brain injury. There are two types of brain Injury, including traumatic and acquired. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the more common of the two and is of a non-degenerative or congenital nature, unlike acquired.
TBI commonly results from road and work-related accidents, the use of defective products, and medical negligence. That said, TBI cases are classified according to their cause as negligence, product liability, or medical malpractice lawsuits, respectively.
Without a brain injury lawyer from Los Angeles to assess the dynamics of your case, it is easy to assume you do not have a valid claim. TBI, however, manifests in different ways and it sometimes might take time before any symptoms are evident. Have a lawyer review your medical files and other forms of evidence related to your injury. They can advise you accordingly even if you have no apparent symptoms.
Here are the common TBI lawsuits:
This occurs when the trauma to your brain is so significant that it causes your skull or brain to slam in an opposite direction from that of the impact. Forceful falls, serious road and workplace accidents, and violent acts are the common causes of coup-contrecoup brain injuries. These cases are not so difficult to prove since the symptoms are generally severe.
This is a mild TBI and is the most common type of brain injury. A concussion arises from a sudden blow to your head, which jolts your brain and shakes it. The effects of a concussion range from mild to very severe. Most people with mild discomfort after a blow to their head generally ignore the associated symptoms and assume they are transient. However, a concussion can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as well as changes in behavior, brain function, and mood, if not handled promptly and appropriately.
This type of bruise results in bleeding under your skin following a blow to your head. The damage extent caused by a contusion depends on the injury’s location and size of the bleeding. Some contusions might require surgery to remove and prevent clot formation in the brain.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
This resembles a concussion, but its impact is more serious compared to the latter. In a diffuse axonal injury, your brain might be shaken so hard from a force that the connections in your brain are torn. Though some tears are microscopic, their effects are mostly fatal. The symptoms you will experience primarily depend on the part of the brain that is affected.
Most people will base their decision on whether or not to pursue compensation for the above TBIs on the expected compensation amount. The precise amount awarded is dependent on your age when you were injured and the injury’s impact on your life. Managing TBIs regardless of their type, effect, and extent is not easy.
That said, the compensation regardless of its amount would go a long way. It will cover the plaintiff’s rehabilitation, treatments, and special needs they might have acquired after an accident, health care provider’s error, or use of a defective product.