In some cases, if you have suffered a head injury you can sue. If the head injury was caused in an accident with a party who was negligent and caused the accident, you may have a cause of action. Unfortunately, head injuries are some of the most dangerous and damaging types of injuries a person can endure. In many cases a bump on the head which seems minor can result in death or a lifetime of medical consequences. If you suffer a bump on the head, even if you don’t feel any symptoms of a head injury, you should consult with a doctor.
In many cases, traumatic brain injuries are the result of a head injury. Almost 1.7 million individuals suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States. About 50,000 of those individuals die from the injury, and about a third of all deaths from injuries are due to traumatic brain injuries.
There are many different types of head and brain injuries that can occur. The two main types of head injuries are closed-head injuries, in which the brain and skull are not punctured, and open head injuries, in which they are. Most head injuries are closed-head injuries, and the most common type is concussions.
Some people are more at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury than other people. Teens and young adults, as well as the elderly, have more head injuries than other groups. Elderly individuals usually get their head injuries in a fall, whereas teens and young adults are more likely injured in a car accident.
If you have suffered from a head injury or a brain injury, you could have medical issues that will last for the rest of your life as a result of the injury. It’s important to seek treatment for brain injuries even if you don’t have any symptoms of a brain injury. Some brain injury symptoms are loss of consciousness, headaches, seizures, and vomiting. There may also be personality changes in the victim.
There are some steps you should take to reduce the risk that you will suffer from a head injury. First, make sure to always buckle your seat belt and use air bags. Your child should also be securely fastened into an age and size appropriate child safety seat. Using a helmet every time you ride a motorcycle or bicycle can also greatly reduce the odds that you will suffer a brain injury.
It’s also critically important that you make your house safe for visitors, in order to reduce the odds that they will suffer from a head injury in your home. Prevent falls for kids by using window guards and gates on the stairs. The elderly could benefit from handrails, grab bars, non-slip mats, and improved lighting throughout your home.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that brain-injury victims are entitled to compensation from the parties that caused the injuries. If you have suffered from a head or brain injury because of the negligence of another party, call Oakland-San Francisco head injury attorney Micha Star Liberty at 510-645-1000 or 415-896-1000. She will help you with your case. Call today.