Personal injury lawsuits involving traumatic brain injury typically have higher jury awards, as this kind of injury does not heal over time.
Just recently, the state of Alaska conducted an analysis of the number of traumatic brain injuries in that state. It seems the state has a significant record of being the region with the highest hospitalization rates for this kind of injury and that Natives are more likely to suffer brain injury than other Alaskans. This particular study triggered a widespread concern for ensuring that long-term treatment options were in place since traumatic brain injuries do not heal, and victims need to know how to cope with it.
Traumatic brain injuries are not just like other medical conditions, in that you are cured in a hospital and leave with a clean bill of health. That is not the case. Brain injuries are chronic and may haunt a person for the rest of their lives. It takes a lot of work over a long period of time to recover from a brain injury and be able to manage it.
Traumatic brain injuries typically result in higher damage awards in accident cases, largely because the person’s life has been dramatically altered, and in some cases catastrophically altered. Unable to care for themselves and perhaps even cope with daily living tasks, victims of traumatic brain injury have a long and frustrating challenge ahead of them. While they may successfully achieve partial recovery, the fact is that brain damage is permanent.
Head trauma does not just happen in a car accident. It may be the result of riding a snowmobile, ATV or motorcycle. It may come about as the result of a slip and fall, or it may be the result of an injury sustained playing sports. If the injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, that person needs to be held responsible for monetary damages.
Cases like this are tough, largely because they involve a great deal of medical detail. Plaintiffs are often upset and frustrated with their new reality and frightened at the prospect of not being able to care for themselves. For those who have sustained a brain injury, don’t wait to talk to a competent Austin personal injury lawyer. That one phone call will ensure you know your rights, how to proceed to court and what to expect in terms of compensation.
Brooks Schuelke is an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke PLLC. Contact an Austin injury lawyer at Civtrial.com or (512) 476-4944.