Tucson Brain Injury Lawyers
When Brain Injuries Are Grounds for a Legal Claim in Tucson
When accidents occur, there can be a number of injuries that result. One of the most severe kinds is brain injuries, and the most severe of those, traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Once a person has suffered from this type of injury, it can present them with difficulties for the rest of their lives. When the accident was the fault of somebody else, victims can claim compensation for both financial losses, as well as the loss of their quality of life.
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury due to the neglect of someone else, call a Tucson personal injury lawyer that can help.
Causes of Brain Injuries
Typically in brain injury cases, there is a point of initial impact when the head is struck, or strikes against something else, and then there is the point of secondary impact. This secondary impact is when the brain hits the actual skull and shakes or rebounds against it. It’s often this second impact, such as in the case of concussions, that causes the most damage.
Any activity that causes any risk to the head could essentially be a cause of a resulting brain injury. The most common causes of brain injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents including car, truck, boat, and motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports-related injuries
- Swimming and drowning accidents
- Blunt force trauma
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
While it will not necessarily change the prognosis for the patient, symptoms of brain injuries are typically present and noticeable at the time of injury, rather than developing over time. This can be beneficial for medical professionals trying to diagnose the condition, and for those wishing to seek compensation as soon as possible for their injuries.
The most common symptoms of brain injuries are:
- Inability to focus/concentrate
- Cognitive impairment
- Sudden memory loss
- Difficulty with spatial perception
- Little to no control over impulses
- Problems with speech
- Vision problems, to the severity of blindness
Treatments for Brain Injuries
Treatments for brain injuries can be long, involved, and incredibly expensive. This can add to the difficulties of the victim at an already very difficult time in their lives. The cost of treatment is often a determining factor in the choice of victims to seek compensation. The most common treatments for brain injuries are:
- Initial treatment, which stabilizes the patient immediately following the accident
- Rehabilitative care, which will help the patient perform daily tasks once again
- Acute treatment, can be minor such as minimizing secondary injuries, or severe such as providing life support
- Surgery, most often to prevent secondary injury
Compensation for Brain Injuries
Brain injuries carry heavy financial burdens, including not only medical bills but also potential lost income for the remainder of the victim’s life, as well as emotional burdens, such as a loss of quality of life. Because of these factors, when a person suffers a brain injury due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, compensation awarded to the victim can be very high, in some cases.
This is partly because medical expenses can be so high and unlike many other types of personal injury cases, Tucson awards possible punitive damages for brain injury cases. Punitive damages are not meant to reimburse the victim for expenses they have incurred due to the accident, but rather they’re meant to "punish" the defendant for their wrongdoing or negligence. It’s for this reason that compensation amounts of brain injury cases can be much more than other types of personal injury cases.
However, just like other types of personal injury cases, brain injury claims can also make a claim for compensatory damages. These damages are meant to reimburse victims for financial losses incurred by things such as medical expenses, rehab and therapy costs, and other economic burdens due to the injury.
Brain injuries, by their very nature, are some of the most severe injuries an individual can suffer. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, and you believe it was due to the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else, call Breyer Law Offices, P.C. at our Tucson office at (520) 624-4228 for a complimentary consultation. We want to help during this most difficult time so you and your loved ones can focus on recovery. We’re waiting to review your case!