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Brain Injury: A Serious Personal Harm that Definitely Deserves Compensation

One of the most serious types of personal injury is that which is inflicted to the brain as this can lead to disability, unconsciousness, comatose, amnesia, or death. Personal injury is harm committed against a person due to another individual’s negligent or careless behavior. Though it is usually physical, it nevertheless affects the victim mentally and emotionally. A personal injury may also be accidental or intentional in nature.

The causes of personal injury range from simple accidents, like a slip and fall, to severe motor vehicular accidents (on land, air or at sea); it can also result from medical errors, defective products or exposure to hazardous materials while at work. While some personal injuries can be severe, resulting to the victim’s prolonged disability which, in turn, results to financial loses and costly medical treatment, others can lead to the victim’s untimely death. Under the law, victims of personal injury have the right to receive compensation from the liable party (whether this be an individual, a business firm or a governmental entity) to cover their present and future damages.

Brain injury, otherwise known as intracranial or traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a very serious personal injury caused by a strong jolt or very violent blow to one’s head. This usually occurs during a car accident, fall, violence, explosive blast or sporting accident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 million Americans are treated for brain injuries every year – about 50,000 of them die.

The website of the San Diego maritime lawyers of Ritter & Associates, gives the same statistics and further adds diving and swimming accidents, criminal acts and amusement park ride accidents to the list of causes of brain injury.

Car accident, however, is the major cause of this type of injury. Despite the safety features of a car and the careful observance of traffic rules by some drivers, the negligence of some manufacturers, which result to a car’s poor design and materials, or the recklessness of some drivers, can render futile all observance for safety and cause an accident that can severely injure or kill others – an alarming fact written in an article posted in the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®.