Brain Injury - An Overview

If you have sustained a brain injury because of a fall, automobile accident, assault or any other incident resulting in a blow to the head, it is important that you are fully aware of your rights and options in pursuing a case against the person or persons at fault. Most of these cases fall under the heading of negligence, resulting in injury. In order to build your case, you will need the assistance of a brain injury lawyer as well as the care of medical professionals.

If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in injury, the first thing you need to do is see a physician who will be able to run tests and determine the exact nature of your injuries. It is especially important to investigate any blow to the head, as early treatment can reduce risk of an extended recovery period. Any person who loses consciousness, or experiences vomiting, convulsions, slurred speech, or numbness of the extremities after a blow to the head, should be particularly concerned about the likelihood that they have sustained a brain injury. Early detection of a brain injury by a professional can also help you if you decide to pursue litigation.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of such an injury may range from mild, a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to severe, an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. A TBI can result in short or long-term problems with independent function.

Often, persons suffering from a traumatic brain injury are not given enough information regarding their complex recovery treatments or legal recourses. The field of traumatic brain injury is extremely complex and often health care providers do not have the time or resources to adequately address all of the medical and recovery issues involved. A person who has suffered such an injury needs specialized representation, just as they need specialized treatment. A brain injury lawyer with their in-depth knowledge of the relevant medical and legal issues, can help you pursue your case.

The Internet offers a multitude of resources for people in your situation. From discussion groups to legal advice, many sites specialize in traumatic brain injury support. A brain injury attorney will do more for you than just filter through the legal and medical jargon on your behalf; they will also ease the burden of stress caused by your brain injury accident and allow you to focus fully on your healing process.

In most brain injury cases, the fault lies with the person or persons who caused the accident. The plaintiff will need to prove negligence on the part of the defendant. This sounds easier than it is. In many cases, such as with a fall, negligence may be hard to prove. A lawyer specializing in brain injury will be able to inform you of the strength of your case.

If you have suffered a moderate or severe brain injury, you will also want to consult with an attorney, especially if the injury may have been due to the negligence of another person or entity. Even if you have suffered only a minor brain injury, it might be worth your while to contact an attorney. In some cases, the full extent of the victim's incapacitation, or the life-altering effect it has, may not even be understood until years after the initial trauma.


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