No one ever expects to get hurt, let alone suffer brain injuries; however, if you or a loved one has sustained such an injury, speak with a Brownsville personal injury lawyer about your case and if you may be entitled to compensation.
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Brain injuries can be quite severe, leaving a lasting impact and long term pain. Such injuries can be sustained in many ways.
Car accidents: With car accidents, blunt force trauma can often result in brain injuries, when the head hits something stationary, like the windshield, the roof of the car, or anything else. Half of the reported brain injuries are from car accidents. When the brain hits the skull, it leaves behind an injury that might not be visible at the time of the crash. Medical evaluations are necessary to determine the extent of the injury and the causes therein.
Birth Injuries: Brain injuries during the birthing process happen when there is decreased blood flow to the brain and reduced oxygen. This is a rare occurrence, but when it happens, it is often the result of medical negligence. If the injury could have been avoided, then you might have a valid claim for compensation and be able to recover hospital and medical expenses for any costs relating to the brain injury.
Newly born babies are susceptible to brain trauma, which can impact their ability to develop normally. Brain injuries can happen during delivery and lead the child vulnerable to things like:
Slips and Falls: Over eight million people are injured annually in slip and fall accidents. Second, to car accidents, these accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries. Slip and fall accidents can be caused by things such as loose flooring, an uneven surface, improper railings, wet spots, or clutter. Most of these accidents are preventable with proper safety measures in place.
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Brain injuries can be the result of negligence, and if your injury falls into this category, you should hire an attorney to help you determine what legal routes to pursue and how much compensation you may deserve. The amount of compensation to which you may be entitled is based on the severity of your brain injury and the impact it has.
For example: if you were involved in a slip and fall accident and you hit your head, but the injuries were minor with some internal bruising (contusions), your total medical bills could be $2,500 for the emergency room visit, x-rays, and other follow-up appointments. If instead, you were in a severe car accident where another car sped through a red light and part of the broken car pierced through your skull and into the brain causing bleeding (hemorrhage), your medical bills would be much higher for your care. Your losses might include lost wages because of your inability to work, and pain and suffering from the scars or disfigurement.
With the help of an attorney, you can review the severity of your case, whether you have enough evidence to establish negligence, and what your total compensation should be including all of the factors mentioned above.
Our attorneys can help by first determining if you are entitled to compensation for the injuries from the party at fault. This means finding evidence to substantiate the claim that the other party was negligent, such as a driver who failed to follow the rules or a defective part.
The potential compensation will include things like your medical bills, both current and future; property damage; lost wages for missed work; and pain and suffering. If the other party was reckless, your attorney might also consider punitive damages to punish the defendant for their behavior.
If you have been injured, whether it was because of a workplace accident, a car accident, or a slip and fall, you should first contact the Brownsville Police Department.
Immediately after having the police file a report from the scene of the accident, you should get yourself examined by the Valley Regional Medical Center, Solara Hospital Brownsville, or Valley Baptist Medical Center. Brain injuries might take some time to manifest. You might feel just fine, but then weeks after the accident start to feel dizzy, face constant headaches, experience personality changes, and memory loss. If so, it could be the result of a brain injury that went unchecked.
Once you have been examined, you should document and track all the details of your brain injury and the medical bills associated with your injury. A daily/weekly pain journal can help you track the symptoms you experience, their severity, and frequency so that you can track the injury. For all medical treatment you undergo and doctor visits you have, get copies of your records and details of who treated you and how. This information, along with receipts, will go a long way to proving your case.