What are brain injuries?
Brain injuries (or TBI, for Traumatic Brain Injury) are generally caused by a head forcefully hitting an object, such as a dashboard or window, or by an object (such as a bullet) that pierces the skull and enters into or through the brain. Other head injuries (such as shaken baby syndrome) can be caused by shaking or twisting of the head, causing the brain to ricochet into the skull, causing blood vessels in the brain to tear or leak causing physical, mental, or behavioral damages. Brain injuries can occur, also, due to lack of oxygen, poisoning, tumors, or infection. Brain injuries, however, are not always apparent, because there is not always a physical signs of injury (such as in closed brain injuries). In cases like these, brain injuries are more apparent after brain or CAT scans; furthermore, cognitive or mental difficulties may result in loss of cognitive abilities, loss of sensation, or impairment of movement abilities.
If you have suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, you may qualify for legal claims, entitling you to compensation for medical expenses, loss wages, future earnings, loss of consortium, loss of the enjoyment of life, and even punitive damages. You should contact a lawyer who specializes in brain injuries immediately.