Brain damage is an injury that leads to the destruction of brain cells. Brain injury claims take into account the potentially life-long consequences that the injury which occurred can have on the quality of life of the victim. If a brain injury occurs that could have been avoided it is imperative to talk to a solicitor as it may be possible for you to pursue legal action.
Brain Injury Signs / Symptoms
The most concerning signs and symptoms include:
Brain Injury Types
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury that occurs usually after birth – not as a result of birth-related trauma and important to note is that it is not hereditary or related to a disease. It occurs due to a traumatic event such as a blow to the head or body. Causes of such injuries would be events like, car accidents, slip and falls, blunt force trauma to the head and in some cases from abuse.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury is caused due to external forces such as a physical assault, a traffic collision or aggressively banging one’s head after a fall. TBIs can be grouped into the following categories:
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or bump to the head. It can also be caused by a blow to the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth in the head. In severe blows to the body or head, it can cause the brain to twist and move around in the head leading to chemical reactions in the brain and in some cases damage to the brain cells. In some cases, the person can experience post-concussion syndrome which is a set of symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea that can persist for days, months, and in extreme cases over a year.
Severe Brain Injury
Severe brain injuries are caused generally by a blow to the head or body, causing the brain to move within the skull. This can lead to a multitude of side effects that can have a significant impact on a person’s life meaning and in some cases lead to death. Some of the most common:
Moderate Brain Injury
Like other forms of brain injury, moderate brain injury can be a direct result of a sudden blow to the head or body. The symptoms can sometimes be less noticable when compared to those of a traumatic nature. For an injury to be considered moderate, the person would have had to have lost consciousness for a certain period of time.
Some of the symptoms have been known to be:
Mild Brain Injury
Mild brain injury, although may seem less severe to the severe and moderate can be misleading as the outcomes can be just as severe over time if not properly managed. Generally, an injury to the brain is considered to be mild if the person did not suffer any loss of consciousness or post-traumatic amnesia following the accident. Symptoms are similar to moderate injury and include:
Can I claim for concussion?
When a person suffers a concussion they experience temporary loss of consciousness and cannot function mentally. A concussion is often considered as a mild traumatic brain injury and generally occurs after a head injury. It can also be caused by a hit to the body which causes the brain to to quickly move back and forward in the head and in some cases, the brain can twist which leads to chemical reactions in the brain. In some extreme cases, post-concussion syndrome can occur. This is when symptoms persist over a longer period of time. A concussion can be very traumatic for the person injured and may leave them unable to carry out everyday tasks while recovering.
You can make a claim for a concussion but the value of a concussion claim will heavily depend on the specifics of your case. To calculate your claim you must take into account the following: