One noted advocacy site makes the observation that, “Brain injury is not an event or an outcome.” The alternative view offered by the Brain Injury Association of America is that a brain injury is essentially a symptom of a hard-to-diagnose, little known disease, the ravages of which can leave victims and their families facing quality-of-life challenges for a lifetime.
While various groups work to raise awareness about the scope of this health issue and the need for greater investment in research and care policies, experienced attorneys in this area of law appreciate that each victim’s needs are unique and more immediate. Holding those responsible for causing injury accountable and lining up the resources for care needed is not something victims or their families have to face alone.
Differences in brain injury
We do know some things about this issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 3 million people went to the hospital or died as a result of traumatic brain injuries in 2013. In some cases, the TBI was one of several other injuries suffered.
TBI is probably the type of injury most people associate when talking about brain injuries. The causes of TBI are many. A slip and fall in which the head strikes the ground is perhaps the most common. Motor vehicle accidents are high on the list. But any sudden blow to the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury.
Brain injuries, though, can also be acquired. This category of injury includes TBIs mentioned above, but acquired brain injury can also be the result of other issues. A blood clot in the brain, a stroke, can cause brain damage. Oxygen deprivation is another issue. This can happen to an infant in the course of delivery. If a person suffers a heart attack, the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain could be cut off.
If a loved one or you are a victim of trauma caused by someone else’s negligence, a right to seek compensation likely exists. To understand your options, consult an attorney as soon as possible.