When a resident of the Bay Area thinks of a brain injury victim, they may have in mind someone who is either comatose or who is in permanent need of medical care and may not even be able to meet their basic needs.
This is also certainly true in the case of the most serious brain injuries. The victims of these injuries, and their families, will no doubt require compensation and support to help them with their medical expenses and rehabilitation. Moreover, they will likely need some source of income to cover their ongoing expenses as they will likely not be able to work because of their injury.
However, it is important that Californians not overlook the very serious consequences of so-called minor traumatic brain injuries, as they can have a huge impact on a person's life as well.
For example, someone with a minor brain injury may remain conscious after an accident and may even seem to be okay from a medical standpoint. However, after the injury, symptoms like balance problems, speaking problems and memory and concentration problems can develop.
There is no guarantee as to when these symptoms will dissipate, and they can make it very hard for a victim to continue to perform his or her job effectively. As a result, even with a minor brain injury, the victim of an accident can wind up being unable to perform the functions of their job or even work in their chosen profession.
Victims of minor brain injuries deserve to be compensated for their losses if their injury was caused by the negligence of another person. This may involve having to file a claim with the responsible party's insurance company or even a personal injury lawsuit.