Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Its Long-term Effects

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Being injured in a motor accident, or slip and fall accident can easily lead to a traumatic brain injury. This is one of the most life-altering injuries that you could sustain. And while there is a big range of severity from a mild concussion to a permanent coma, most traumatic brain injuries may leave you with long-lasting side effects. It may affect your quality of life, ability to earn, and to function properly.

If you were injured this way (no matter how the accident happened) seek legal help from a Boston brain injury lawyer. 

Causes of Brain Injuries

There are various ways of how people may end up with traumatic brain injuries. Although car accidents are notorious for these injuries, in fact, people may get them as a result of a workplace injury, slip and fall, falling objects, and so on.

These are the most common causes.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor accidents hold the record as the top reason for most traumatic brain injuries. It could happen in a car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident. Every accident is different, but in most cases, these accidents happen because of speeding, DUI, highway conditions, weather, faulty car parts, whether or not the motorcyclist wore a helmet, and so on.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice isn’t an uncommon reason for a traumatic brain injury. Many times, the injury can result because of the doctor’s or medical personnel’s negligence. Medical malpractice includes a surgical error, birth error, nursing home negligence and abuse, birth injuries, and sub-standard care as well as incorrect diagnosis or treatment.

Slip and Fall Accidents

In most cases when people slip, trip and fall, they end up hitting their heads on an object or on the ground. These types of accidents may result in severe damages to the spinal cord and the neck.

Of course, none of us would wear a helmet to protect our heads from a potential fall. But, the impact of the hard surface can be terrible.

Work-related Accidents

Construction workers are exposed to the constant risk of traumatic brain injuries. No matter how careful they are, a construction site is a dangerous place. Workers may trip over debris or tools, fall several stories down, may get electrocuted, and so on.

It’s important that the worker seeks medical help immediately and inform their employee as soon as possible. In this case, they should be eligible to get a workers’ compensation claim.

Long-Term Effects of a Brain Injury

These are the most common long-term side effects of a traumatic brain injury:

  • Memory loss
  • Loss of ability to create new memories
  • Loss of fine motor skills
  • Paralysis
  • Depression & mood disorders
  • Lack of focus
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of reading and speaking comprehension
  • Visual impairment
  • Loss of motivation or interest in old activities

Traumatic brain injuries can cause behavioral, emotional, and mental changes just as physical ones. It may be a challenge for victims with moderate traumatic brain injuries to keep their old job or continue working in the same industry.

These people have to re-learn speech patterns or fine motor skills. It may take many years of therapy for these victims to accomplish that.

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Depending on how the injury happened, you’d most definitely need an attorney. If it was in a car accident, your attorney would collect evidence it should be determined who was at fault. If your traumatic brain injury occurred as a result of medical malpractice, you should decide whether you’d sue the doctor (or both the doctor and the hospital). To do this, it’s important to determine if the doctor was employed in the hospital (in which case, the hospital is liable for hiring incompetent medical personnel).

If the accident happened as a result of a slip and fall, things may be a bit more challenging. The jury may rule out that you were supposed to be more careful. However, your lawyer should prove that the object where the fall happened (your rented home, sidewalk, a store) wasn’t maintained by the owner.

For work-related accidents, your workers’ compensation attorney should prove that your employer failed to take measures to protect you as a worker. Also, if the injury occurred because of faulty tools, you could easily sue the manufacturer.

There are many variations and everything depends on how the accident happened and whose fault it was.

If you’re seeking a Boston brain injury attorney, Soto Law will help you. Schedule your first free consultation.

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