Brain injuries are known as "catastrophic injuries," because very often, they are life-changing. Traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head that causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. Auto accidents are the most common causes of brain injuries. They may also be caused by construction accidents, slip-and-fall, assaults and other head injuries. Mild traumatic brain injury may cause only temporary dysfunction of the brain. However, serious traumatic brain injury can cause physical damage to the brain including bleeding and swelling, which could result in long-term complications or even death. If you or loved one has suffered a brain injury, you can take legal steps to seek damages from any person, organization, or institution solely or even partially responsible for causing the injury.
Brain injuries can be congenital (present from birth) or can result from trauma or disease. A wide array of factors can cause brain injury including but not limited to:
It can be very difficult to assess the nature and severity of a brain injury even using thorough medical testing. The brain remains a mysterious organ; there's a serious dearth of good scientific evidence regarding how the brain responds to trauma and disease.
For instance, it has long been the conventional wisdom that the occasional mild concussion that occurs during football games should not be cause for much concern. However, recent research has emerged to suggest that people who suffer mild concussions during adolescence and early adulthood may be at significantly increased risk for developing early onset Alzheimer's and dementia, reduced cognitive functioning in late adulthood, and other dysfunctions.
When to Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer
In short, if you suspect that a medical authority, negligent motorist, or any other person or organization may be culpable for your brain injury, you need timely and active legal assistance. Connect with Missouri brain trauma attorney John Page today to find out more about your rights under the law. Get a free consultation by dialing 1-800-CAR-CRASH (1-800-227-2727).
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