Brain injuries are caused by a blow or sudden jolt to the head that damages brain tissue and affects the brain’s ability to function. Brain damage can also occur when the brain’s oxygen supply is cut off, which causes brain cell death. Some brain injuries, such as concussions, are classified as mild, while others that involve massive amounts of brain damage or a complete skull fracture are classified as severe.
Brain injury victims may face months or years of medical treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation. To make matters worse, some victims may never be able to return to work again following an injury. That’s why it’s important to talk to a personal injury attorney about your case to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for you injuries.
How Do Brain Injuries Occur?
There are over 1.7 million new cases of brain injuries every year. Most victims are between the ages of 0-4 or 15-19, or over the age of 65. Brain injuries can occur in a number of different ways. Some of the most common causes include:
Slip and Falls
Falls are one of the most common causes of brain injuries, especially among children and those over the age of 65. Brain injuries can occur during slip and falls if the victim’s head makes contact with the ground or another object on the way down.
Whether you are a motorist, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, you may sustain a brain injury if you are involved in a traffic accident. These injuries usually occur when the head collides with the steering wheel, dashboard, or window during the accident.
Brain injuries are also very common among people who have been physically attacked by someone else—in fact, assaults account for about 10% of all brain injuries in the U.S.
It doesn’t matter how you sustained your brain injury—if another person’s negligence was to blame, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Medical Malpractice & Brain Injuries
In addition to these accidents, brain injuries can also be caused by medical malpractice.
Any patient who has been given anesthesia should be monitored closely by a healthcare professional. These healthcare professionals should be able to immediately spot when a patient is in distress and losing oxygen to the brain. If they fail to do so, the patient may suffer a brain injury as a result.
The heart is in a weakened state during and after a heart attack, so it does not pump as much blood, which means the brain will not receive as much oxygen. Healthcare professionals should be able to spot the signs of a heart attack right away so they can begin treatment and prevent brain injuries from occurring.
Babies can suffer brain injuries at birth if a doctor fails to perform a C-section in a timely manner or does not realize that the baby is showing signs of distress.
Healthcare professionals can make mistakes for a number of reasons, including inexperience, inattention, or fatigue. But, it doesn’t matter why the mistake was made. If you were injured by a negligent healthcare professional, get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible.
Justice For Brain Injury Victims
Brain injuries are devastating and can greatly affect the quality of your life. If you have suffered a brain injury because of another person’s negligence, contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley at once to discuss your legal options. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering with the help of a personal injury attorney.