Although it’s a comforting thought that a serious medical situation will never happen to you, there are around 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year. While these statistics are nowhere near a guarantee that you or someone you love will experience a brain injury, those who are in such situations know how devastating they can be. Knowing the basics of such incidents, however, can allow for a greater understanding of how they affect people and what tolls they can take.
Generally, there are two main types of brain injuries – open and closed. An open brain injury occurs when the skull is fractured. These types of injuries usually occur when the head comes in direct contact with a solid surface. A close injury doesn’t involve the skull being fractured but can be just as if not more devastating. Brain swelling and blood clots are extremely dangerous and associated with closed brain injuries.
Both types of injuries can have debilitating effects. Many body operations can be impacted or even shut down as a result of the injury and this can lead to a complete change in lifestyle. The ability to work may be taken away from individual and the basic ability to function on a day-to-day basis can be severely impacted as well.
Those who are suffering from a brain injury due to the negligence of another party deserve justice. Seeking the assistance of a qualified and experienced attorney can help those who were injured move forward with a solid plan of legal action in order to recovered lost wages, medical expenses and more.