Traumatic brain injuries occur during a one-time event, when someone's head is shaken, hit or penetrated by an object. There are various types of traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, tearing of nerve tissue (diffuse axonal injuries), bruising or bleeding. Any of these can cause temporary or permanent brain damage, or even death.
Brain injury from lack of oxygen
Brain injuries also occur due to a lack of oxygen. This can happen when an individual undergoes surgery, suffers a heart attack or is electrocuted. Infants can suffer from lack of oxygen and brain injury during delivery. Brain injuries from lack of oxygen can cause behavioral issues and muscle disorders, including cerebral palsy. It can also cause someone to be in a vegetative state. In many situations, brain injuries of this type require ongoing medical treatment and care.
Do I need a lawyer?
If your child, spouse or family member suffered a brain injury, and you believe it was caused by someone else's negligence, or if it occurred on the job, you should talk to an attorney. You may be able to recover for the costs of caring for the injured person, which can be expensive over a lifetime. If you want to pursue a brain injury claim, hire an attorney with specific experience in this type of case. An attorney who has handled these cases before -- and been successful -- is in the best position to help you.
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