As a firm that fights for people injured by negligence, Robert Sparks Attorneys knows how brain injuries can disrupt the lives of victims and their loved ones. From immediate symptoms to the potential for profound and life-altering consequences, brain injuries are among the most serious injuries we see as personal injury lawyers.
While we see the effects of brain injuries first hand, we know many people don’t. This is why we’re proud to support Brain Injury Awareness Month and efforts to help people better understand these complex injuries.
What is a Brain Injury, Exactly?
Most people use “brain injury” to refer to acquired brain injury (ABI), which means an injury to the brain that is not congenital or something a person is born with. Acquired brain injuries have many causes:
- Lack of oxygen
- Infectious disease
- Drug overdose
- Neurotoxic poisoning (carbon monoxide, lead poisoning)
- Electric shock
According to the BIAA, at least 5.3 million Americans live with a disability related to a TBI. That’s 1 in every 60 people.
Brain Injury as a Chronic Condition
Brain injury is more than an event of initial injury. It’s the beginning of a largely misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and underfunded neurological disease.
This year, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is working to raise awareness about brain injury as a chronic condition. Although no two brain injuries are exactly the same, they all pack the potential for lasting consequences that can affect a person’s:
- Attention, comprehension, and memory
- Perception and problem solving ability
- Sleeping patterns
- Speech and expression
- Vision, hearing, and balance
We also know brain injuries can have other long-term effects. For example:
- Brain injuries can affect mood, behavior, and emotions (i.e. anxiety, isolation, and depression).
- The terms “mild,” “moderate,” and “severe” refer to the severity of the initial injury and loss of consciousness, not the severity or duration of resulting symptoms.
- Concussions, or mild TBIs, can have long-term consequences.
- Multiple brain injuries can have a cumulative effects on brain health, and multiple TBIs in a short period of time (within days or weeks) can be severe or even fatal.
These issues can profoundly affect a person’s ability to handle daily activities, manage the duties of school or work, and socialize. They can create considerable emotional and financial strain for entire families. It is why our top priority in brain injury cases is to secure a full financial recovery.
Some examples of our brain injury results:
- $7 million settlement for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury. The settlement was used to fund a trust to cover all necessary medical care, now and in the future.
- $9.2 million settlement for a brain injury victim following the defendant’s initial refusal to accept responsibility.
- $550,000 settlement for a client who suffered a closed head injury.
This month, we encourage you to learn more about brain injuries by visiting the BIAA website or following the BIAA on social media to read and share educational posts and personal stories from real people. Because serious injuries demand serious representation, our attorneys are always here to help victims and families who want more information about their rights after suffering a brain injury.