People know they may be entitled to damages if they are injured at work, in a car crash or in other situations where someone else was negligent. However, some may not realize people who suffer concussions and other brain injuries may also be eligible for help with medical bills, as well as awards for pain and suffering. Attorney Bryce Johnson hopes to educate people during Brain Injury Awareness Month.
What does the term “brain injury” mean?
Brain injuries can run the gamut from relatively mild concussions to devasting injuries affecting the ability to eat, sleep or move. They can happen in myriad ways, including falls, traffic accidents, assaults and being struck by objects. The symptoms also can vary. People may suffer from problems with concentration, confusion, personality changes, mood swings, depression, balance issues or ringing in the ears.
Fortunately, many of these symptoms can be treated through rehabilitation programs or medication. However, in some cases, long-term care is required.
What should someone who suffers or suspects a brain injury do first?
No matter what type of injury someone suffers or who may be at fault, the critical thing is to seek and obtain medical care. At Johnson & Biscone, we recommend people get examined by a doctor immediately after suffering a blow to the head. Symptoms can often take days or weeks to develop and delaying treatment can have devastating consequences on the long-term prognosis.
However, the health system is complex, and finding effective treatment can be difficult, especially for people who don’t live in urban areas. Personal injury attorneys can serve as a resource to help their clients receive proper care, especially for complex conditions like brain injuries.
Can people who suffer a brain injury sue for compensation?
If the injuries were caused by another person who is negligent, people who suffer a brain injury may be eligible for a wide variety of damages, including medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation, lost wages, diminished earning potential, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life. Like any personal injury case, much depends on the specific facts. That’s why it’s important for anyone who is injured to quickly hire a qualified, experienced attorney to analyze their case.