What is a brain injury?

What is a Brain Injury?

Brain injuries can be life altering events. They can lead have long-term effects like a loss of cognitive abilities or debilitating headaches. By definition, a brain injury is an injury to the brain that is not from illness or disease. In other words, a brain injury can be caused by a blow to the head or by non-traumatic experience, like a stroke. In order to sue for a brain injury, the injury must be caused by another person’s negligence. Proving negligence can be easier in the case of a traumatic brain injury, than a non traumatic brain injury.

Two Types of Brain Injuries

There are two types of brain injuries. Traumatic Brain injuries are a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head. This can be the result of a car accident, fall, assault, or any other experience that causes you to hit your head.

A non traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that is suffered by something other than a blow to the head. This “something” can be lead poisoning, an electric shock, a stroke, a seizure, or anything of that matter. Both of these injuries can be caused by the negligence of another person or by the individual who suffered the injury.

Can I Sue for a Brain Injury

The simple answer is yes, you can sue for a traumatic brain injury or a non traumatic brain injury. The injury must be caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of an individual. For example, if you are driving and are hit by a drunk driver, causing your head to bang against the windshield, you may be entitled to compensation. The trauma of hitting your head caused the brain injury, which can lead to further issues down the road.

An example of a non traumatic brain injury is if you have a brain tumor that goes misdiagnosed or unnoticed by a medical professional. While you might have been able to regain full functionality if the tumor was removed, the medical professional was negligent causing the tumor to do further damage to your brain.    

Consider Contacting a Brain Injury Attorney

Both of these cases are considered personal injury lawsuits. If you have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another individual, you should consult with an experienced brain injury attorney right away. You may be entitled to compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses you have suffered.