Brain and head trauma is one of the most common types of injuries in accident cases such as fall accidents and auto accidents. Such injuries are also some of the most complex and can lead to serious, permanent disabilities.
Brain and head injury affects people differently. In fact, no two brain-head injuries will be the same. Recovery from a brain-head injury will depend on factors such as stress levels, other physical injuries, etc. For instance, someone with a brain injury and multiple spinal injuries may recover completely, whereas another person with a brain injury may never recover due to multiple and ongoing stressors in their life.
Brain Injuries Can Cause Work Related Disabilities
In severe cases, brain injuries can cause work related disabilities. For example, a worker who falls from a roof or ladder and suffers a major head injury may be completely unable to resume his usual work duties. Balance, coordination and cognitive abilities like multitasking, sequential thought, etc., may be affected severely. For construction workers and other laborers, failure to perform sequential thinking (i.e., performing goals and tasks by accomplishing logical, sequential steps), can literally ruin careers.
Brain Injuries Can Lead to Personality Changes
In many cases of brain-head injuries, family members often report that the injured individual’s personality has changed. While the brain injury sufferer does not usually realize that their personality has changed, family members and close friends notice the changes. Increased aggression, anxiety, depression, etc., are often reported. In addition, in extreme cases, individuals may experience complete changes in their personalities. Someone who was a leader may, after a head injury, become meek and quiet.
For instance, a husband with a head injury may have handled all the household finances, decisions and responsibilities prior to the head injury, and after the injury, he is unable to resume any of those duties.
Brain Injuries Can Cause Other Permanent Symptoms
In some cases, brain injuries can lead to other permanent symptoms such as memory loss, headaches, vision disturbances, and verbal/speech problems. These kinds of symptoms may appear initially or may appear as the individual resumes normal activities.
Damages Available in Brain-Head Injury Cases
In a brain injury case, the injured individual (plaintiff) may make a claim for medical bills and lost wages. In addition, the plaintiff in a brain injury lawsuit can make a claim for pain and suffering, i.e., how the injury has affected the ability to lead a normal life.
Spouses of brain injury sufferers can also make separate claims for loss of consortium. These kinds of claims recognize the spouse’s right to compensation for any changes in the relationship, love, comfort, intimacy, etc., caused by the injury.
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