What Are the Different Types of Brain Injuries?
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What are the different types of brain injuries? According to Healthline, some of the different types of brain injuries can include:
- Closed head injury, when a forceful blow to the head causes internal bleeding, swelling, and brain damage
- Concussions, where the brain shakes back and forth after a violent impact
- Contusions, which is the bruising of brain tissue
- Penetrating injury, when an external object breaks the skull and impacts the brain directly
The brain is an important and complex organ. Any one of these types of injuries can have a detrimental impact on your cognitive processing and free range of motion. You should always seek prompt medical attention after experiencing any sort of head trauma, even if you feel fine. From there, you may want to evaluate the cause of your injury and decide whether litigation applies to your situation.
Different Causes of Brain Injuries
You may have wondered what are the different types of brain injuries, and if you have suffered a brain injury—regardless of its type—you may want to pursue financial recovery to cover the cost of your medical expenses. Should another party’s negligence be responsible for your present condition, you may be able to recover the cost of treatment, lost income, and emotional trauma through a civil action.
One of your legal team’s first goals will be to establish how the injury happened.
Mayo Clinic reports that some of the causes of brain injuries include:
- Falls, especially from high heights
- Vehicular collisions
- Physical assaults
- Sports injuries
You may have suffered a brain injury from a cause that we have not listed here. For your case to be successful, you will need to prove that because of another party’s recklessness or carelessness, you suffered an injury that resulted in financial losses.
Recoverable Damages from a Brain Injury
Whether you file a claim with an insurance company or take your case to court, your losses will be divided into both economic and noneconomic damages.
If your case is successful, some economic damages you may be able to pursue include:
- Past, present, and projected medical bills
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- The cost of rehabilitative treatment
- The cost of modifications to the family home and vehicle, if your injury resulted in a loss of mobility
Noneconomic damages apply more to the psychological sphere of your losses.
Through litigation, you may be able to seek expenses relating to:
- Impaired quality of life
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
Virginia does not recognize the loss of consortium as a recoverable expense. However, if a loved one was not able to survive their brain injury, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Per Code of Virginia § 8.01-244, you typically have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to pursue litigation.
Your Legal Team Can Handle Communications with Insurance Companies
Stress regarding your finances can start from the moment your brain injury occurs. Shortly following the incident, you may be contacted by the responsible party’s insurance company, offering a fast settlement that is designed to stop you from going to court. While their offer may appeal to you, you cannot truly know if it covers your expenses until you complete your course of treatment. You do not want to accept an offer from the insurance company only to find out later that it does not fully cover your medical expenses.
Jim Parrish, founding partner of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC understands how insurance companies typically operate because he once represented them. He now applies the information he learned from inside the insurance industry and puts it to work for personal injury victims.
Should you receive an offer from an insurance company, do not accept it without legal representation. If you do, you will lose the right to pursue compensation later if other costs arise.
Contact the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Now for a Free Case Review
A brain injury of any kind can affect your ability to perform daily tasks. When this type of serious injury is the result of the reckless actions of another person—or multiple parties—we can help you.
Under Code of Virginia § 8.01-243, you have two years from the date your brain injury occurred to file a civil action. For that reason, depending on the details of your situation, you may have a limited time to pursue litigation.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC offers a free case review. Additionally, we work on a contingency-fee basis and proudly serve claimants throughout eastern Virginia.
If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another party, you do not have to undergo the legal process alone. For help with your case, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC now at (571) 229-1800.