Every year, approximately 1.5 million traumatic brain injuries occur in just the U.S. An injury to the head and brain could occur at any given place and any given time. Injuries to the brain are serious medical issues. An injury to your brain could result in life-long medical side effects, or even death. One child injured his brain during a football game when his head hit the ground, resulting in him losing consciousness and requiring emergency neurosurgery. In New York, a woman suffered a severe brain injury, spent six weeks in a coma, and had to relearn to speak again when she fell in a home. Side effects from her brain injury include an abnormal increase in appetite and weight, severe anxiety, and behavioral disorders. In Texas, a male patron of a bar struck his head and fell unconscious when a bouncer shoved him. The resulting bleeding on his brain left him in a diminished capacity to care for himself. In Wisconsin, a man was struck by a vehicle in reverse and dragged a number of feet, sustaining a serious brain injury.
Brain injuries are very common and can happen to anyone. According to the Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injury can vary in degree and may include:
- Damage to brain cells in a limited area.
- Multiple points of damage to the brain.
- Tearing of cellular structures.
- Wide spread damage that may have resulted from a blast.
- Damage to brain cells, blood vessels, and protective tissues from penetration of the skull.
- Bleeding around the brain, swelling, and blood clots.
Areas that more commonly place people at risk for brain injuries include operation of a motorcycle without a helmet, aggressive sports, construction sites, and being in places where one is prone to falling. According to a study featured by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death for people below the age of 45. Every year, these injuries result in about 50,000 deaths and 80,000-90,000 of debilitating head injuries. Medical expenses for treatment of traumatic brain injuries can be extremely expensive, with the estimated annual economic cost being $76.5 billion in the U.S. According the Mayo Clinic, common events resulting in brain injury may include:
- Falls. (Particularly common for children and the elderly)
- Collisions involving motor vehicles.
- Violence. (Such as wounds from gunfire, domestic abuse, and shaken baby syndrome)
- High impact sport. (Such as boxing, soccer, football, hockey, baseball, and skateboarding)
- Combat. (Such as exposure to explosions and blasts while on active military duty)
If you or a loved one was suffered a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Compensation for incidents involving brain injuries may include but are not limited to:
- Medical bills (including current and future medical expenses).
- Loss wages from the incapacity to work.
- Loss earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our personal injury attorneys are quick to act and obtain evidence in your case to get you the compensation you so rightfully deserve. Cases involving brain injuries can a logistical nightmare without professional help. These cases could involve different issues depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, sorting through liable parties, and insurance disputes. Our experienced attorneys know where to look for evidence to support your claim, and aim to get you the maximum amount of recovery.
At Mitcheson & Lee, our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are prepared to represent you. We care about your health and safety. The goal at our firm is to obtain justice and maximum compensation for our clients and their loved ones. Let us worry about the legal logistics while you focus on your recovery. If you or someone you know suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s actions, please contact Mitcheson & Lee at (617) 939-4388 or (781) 223-3635 to schedule a complimentary consultation.