Up to 1.4 million people a year suffer from some sort of brain injury.
When a doctor, midwife, or other medical practitioner delivers a child, there are several crucial moments in the delivery that require the utmost care and attention. If the child is denied oxygen during the final stages of delivery, or if the delivery is assisted by the use of devices such as forceps or vacuum pumps, there is the chance that brain injuries may occur.
Additionally, severe trauma from violent physical contact can cause brain injury in adults. Automobile accidents, which can result in an abrupt and violent stop and crash, are a significant contributor to brain injuries.
Also, sports-related concussions and head trauma over a long period of time can lead to lasting brain injuries.
If your child’s brain injury is the result of medical negligence or error, if you or a loved one was severely injured in an accident, or if your child has experienced concussions while playing sports, then you may have the legal right to compensation.
Types of brain injuries
Moderate brain injury is defined as brain injury accompanied by loss of consciousness for 20 minutes up to 6 hours. Severe brain injury is defined as loss of consciousness for greater than 6 hours.
Cerebral Palsy refers to a class of brain injuries that cause physical disability in human development. Cerebral refers to the brain, and palsy refers to deficiency in movement. The most common type of cerebral palsy is spastic cerebral palsy, which can vary in severity and involve a range of disabilities from simple motor skills to the loss of use of multiple limbs. Symptoms such as seizures, eating or swallowing issues, or muscle spasms are all possible signs of cerebral palsy. While it cannot be cured, there are ways to treat these injuries.
Diffuse Axonal injury is trauma and tearing to brain tissues that can occur due to severe shaking or strong rotation of the head.
Concussions can occur when there is a strong hit to the head, or violent whiplash type movements. Concussions can heal quickly, or take years to fully recover from. Multiple concussions such as the kind that can occur in sport-related situations can lead to long-lasting disability.
Brain injuries are among the most expensive of medical conditions. Initial medical treatment, diagnosis, or emergency surgery can quickly rack up staggering costs. Additionally, there is the cost of future treatment, care, and support of the injured person. It could take months or years to recover, or perhaps never. When a brain injury occurs, an experienced personal injury attorney can determine if it was the result of negligence of another person. If that is the case, then the injured person and their family have the right to be compensated for the cost of the injury and future care, as well as for pain and suffering.