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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can happen after virtually any kind of accident and are common occurrences. According to the CDC, up to 1.4 million Americans suffer brain injuries every year.
Whether you have received a “mild” brain injury from a slip and fall accident, or severe damage from a car crash, brain injuries can lead to lifelong cognitive damage, reduced motor skills, and may permanently affect your ability to work.
A four-year study by the CDC found that on a yearly basis, 52,000 deaths occur from traumatic brain injuries. Furthermore, 275,000 people are hospitalized, and medical costs total about $60 billion in the United States. There are several types of brain injuries, ranging from mild to severe:
An accident causing a brain injury may be the result of another person’s negligence. Workplace injuries, car accidents, and assault are all examples of situations where negligence might be at play. For example, if you fell and hit your head at work because there wasn’t adequate protection in place, your company may be held liable.
Symptoms of brain injuries can manifest immediately or accumulate over time. Some common symptoms include:
These symptoms often start out mild and increase in severity as time goes on. It’s important to note, however, there is a statute of limitations in California. Personal injury cases must be filed within two years of the discovery of the injury.
The Glasgow Coma Scale was developed to be a universal rating system for the severity of brain injuries and the level of consciousness for a brain injury patient. Essentially, it is used to determine the severity of a brain injury. Your score is determined by motor, verbal, and your eyes’ reactions to stimuli. A score of 3-8 means severe brain injury, a score of 9-12 means moderate brain injury and a score of 13-15 means mild brain injury. Other scales exist, such as the Coma/Near Coma Scale (CNC) and the Coma Recovery Scale – Revised (CRS-R), but this a reliable and effective way of determining the extent of damage following an accident.
If your attorney believes you have a case, he or she will help you to collect the necessary information to file a claim. You will want to collect medical records, police reports, financial information, witness statements, and other documents to prove that:
At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo we have over 30 years of experience and an excellent track record when it comes to brain injury cases. A brain injury can permanently affect your quality of life and your ability to work, but our job is to obtain the compensation you need to make your life financially whole again. Contact us today for a free consultation.