More than 50,000 Colorado residents suffer from traumatic brain injuries, according to Brain Injury Alliance Colorado. Brain injuries can be caused by participating in athletic activities, falls, car accidents, even bicycle crashes. Injuries sustained can be anything from bumps to concussions, but the end results can be severe, such as coma or death. Commonly, traumatic brain injuries are caused by negligence.
Brain injuries are commonly caused by falls or car accidents. The most common injuries are concussions and contusions. Concussions are usually mild injuries caused by a sudden jolt to the head or neck. This causes the brain to move inside the skull and injure nerves and other necessary components. A contusion, on the other hand, is usually the result of blunt force trauma. The force of impact causes the brain to bleed internally. For mild brain injuries, observation and a few weeks of recovery can help treat the injury. For more severe injuries, emergency surgery could be one form of treatment.
Negligence defines reckless or careless behavior that can result in someone’s injury. Negligence claims will require the injured party to prove that the allegedly negligent party was responsible for their injuries. To win their case, the injured party must show:
- That the law required the negligent party to act in a careful manner
- The negligent party did not act with care around the injured party
- The negligent party’s behavior resulted in the brain injury
- The injured party suffered injuries measurable under the law
However, proving that negligent behavior caused a brain injury can be quite difficult. Brain injuries themselves can be complicated and can also be difficult to detect. It’s recommended to not only gather as much evidence as possible surrounding the accident and the resulting injuries, but also to contact a personal injury lawyer experienced in brain injury cases. If you, or a loved one, contact a lawyer, be prepared to answer questions surrounding the crash, the injuries sustained in the crash, what medical treatment you received, the doctor’s diagnosis, and any other evidence that could strengthen your case.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced attorney today. The personal injury attorneys at Lampert and Walsh, LLC will do their best to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.