Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in Encinitas have a wide range of causes, and in many head trauma cases, another party may be liable. Brain injuries can vary widely in terms of their severity, with some patients recovering relatively quickly from TBIs and others requiring years of recovery. Under certain circumstances, a person who sustains a TBI may not recover fully, even with proper medical care and rehabilitation therapy. As the Mayo Clinic explains, brain injury symptoms will depend upon whether you have suffered a minor, moderate, or severe TBI, and the severity of the injury will also play a key role in determining available treatments. Throughout the recovery process, it is important to remember that you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for your brain injury.
How do brain injuries happen and who may be liable? Consider the following common causes cited by the Mayo Clinic.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Traffic collisions, including accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians, are among the most common causes of TBIs in people of all ages. When another motorist’s negligence causes a collision in which a person suffers a TBI, it may be possible to file a car accident lawsuit against that negligent driver.
Recreation and Sports Accidents
Recreational activities like zip-lining, as well as youth and adult sports, are frequent causes of traumatic brain injuries. In particular, recreational sports that involve contact can cause jolts or blows to the head or shoulder that can result in a concussion, which is a type of mild TBI. Multiple parties may be liable in these cases, from coaches to facilities where the injury occurred.
Assault and Battery
Assault and battery cases—involving intentional acts of violence—also commonly result in brain injuries. Regardless of whether the at-fault party is held criminally liable, you could be eligible to file a civil lawsuit against them for a brain injury.
Slips and Falls
The Mayo Clinic reports that falls frequently cause traumatic brain injuries, although older adults and young children tend to suffer TBIs in falls more often than people of other ages. Falls in general are also a major cause of death due to traumatic brain injuries, particularly among older adults. When elderly people fall, they can sustain injuries that limit their mobility significantly and cause substantial cognitive impairment. Yet it is also important to remember that falls can result in serious or deadly brain injuries among people of any age group. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the second-leading cause of TBI-related deaths in the country. These deadly falls can happen at workplace such as construction sites, in nursing homes, and even on playgrounds.
Contact an Encinitas Personal Injury Attorney
If you or your child sustained a brain injury in an accident or as a result of an intentional act of violence, it is important to learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation. One or more parties ultimately could be liable for a TBI, from a negligent motorist who causes a traffic crash or a pedestrian accident to a party who commits an intentional act of violence.
By filing a civil lawsuit, you can seek monetary damages to help cover your losses, such as the cost of your medical bills and your lost wages. One of the experienced Encinitas personal injury attorneys at our firm can help you. Contact the Walton Law Firm today for more information about filing a traumatic brain injury claim.
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