Brain injuries are a major concern for active-duty military members, both deployed and non-deployed, with causes that include blasts, bullets, fragments, falls, sports, and motor vehicle accidents. Those at greatest risk of these injuries are young people who perform military duties, particularly those with a previous history of concussions or substance abuse.
If you suffered a brain injury that was caused by someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, even if that “someone” is the government, you deserve to have an experienced California brain injury attorney at Gomez Trial Attorneys explain your legal options to you.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to a portion of the brain caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head. Brain injuries are categorized by severity as:
The classifications, however, can mislead people. Even so-called mild brain injuries (often referred to as concussions) can result in long-term, serious impairments.
The brain consists of different portions, called lobes, which control different functions of the body. The type of deficits that one might experience after a brain injury depends not only on the severity of the injury, but the portion of the brain in which the damage occurred, and even which side of the brain the damage occurred on.
The portions of the brain, as well as the possible effect that can be experienced with injuries to those regions, is as follows:
When a combination of these complications lingers for an extended period of time following a TBI, it is known as post-concussive syndrome. Brain injury has also been associated with degenerative brain diseases such as:
Approximately 1.7 million people suffer from a brain injury each year in the U.S., and around 5.3 million people in this country are living with lifelong disabilities because of their brain injuries. According to the Wounded Warriors Project, as of 2015, approximately 320,000 military personnel have suffered brain injuries since 2001, including more than 33,000 who acquired their brain injury in 2011 alone.
A traumatic brain injury can produce a lifetime cost of $85,000 to $3 million to sufferers. Two years after suffering the injury, 60 percent of brain injured adults are unemployed. More than half of the U.S. homeless population has suffered a brain injury, with some individuals winding up homeless after acquiring a brain injury and due to unemployment and the costs of treatment, while others acquired the brain injury after becoming homeless due to assault and other risk factors associated with being homeless.
Each brain injury is unique, as is the prognosis for each person suffering a brain injury. Some of the factors that may indicate what type of prognosis you may expect from your injury include:
Brain injuries may impact every aspect of a person’s life, including:
If your injury was caused due to the negligent actions of another individual or entity, you may pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit for the financial and emotional impacts your injury has caused. An experienced brain injury attorney can give you information on the legal options available to you and the process of collecting compensation.
Gomez Trial Attorneys offer a free case evaluation and work on a contingency fee basis, so you will pay us nothing and we will only collect our fees from a percentage of any settlement or judgment we help to collect. Contact the Gomez Trial Attorneys today at (866) 395-6792 or through our website for your free case evaluation.