Bellevue Brain Injury Litigation
The brain is a delicate instrument, and can be injured in more ways than most people can imagine. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an average of 800 people per 100,000 visit the emergency department each year for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but very few of these injuries are successfully compensated. Seeking the help of a Seattle personal injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Causes & Symptoms of Brain Injury In Bellevue
There are several causes of traumatic brain injury, though some do tend to recur more frequently than others. Blunt trauma, which is the direct cause, can come from many sources, from car accidents to sports injuries. The main causes include:
- Falls, especially among young children and elderly people.
- Auto accidents. Drivers, passengers and pedestrians all sustain brain injuries at relatively similar rates.
- Explosions. This is especially endemic in combat veterans, who are routinely exposed to bombs and other explosive discharges.
- Other violence, such as gunshot wounds or blunt trauma to the head.
While there are many causes of TBIs, they tend to display similar symptoms, depending on the severity of the injury. Most mild brain injuries will present with symptoms not unlike an illness – headaches, nausea, sensory sensitivity, irregular sleep (either too much or too little), and the like. More severe injuries will be similar in appearance, but correspondingly more serious. For example, with a mild TBI, a person might display confusion or mood swings, while with a more severe injury they may become agitated or slur their speech. Obviously, a severe brain injury requires medical assistance immediately. A brain injury in Seattle can claim lives if not treated quickly enough.
Multiple Causes Of Action
Since there are so many different potential causes of TBIs, there are just as many legal theories under which personal injury actions can be brought. One has to examine the injury and determine who could have prevented it or changed the course of events. For example, if a person sustains a TBI through a fall on a poorly maintained sidewalk, the business owner or the city responsible for maintaining the sidewalk may be found liable under a theory of premises liability for all or part of that person’s medical expenses.
The most common legal theory used to prosecute TBI claims is simple negligence, which can be applied to cases like auto accidents. In a negligence case, there are four criteria that you must meet in order to prevail in court: (1) proving the existence of a duty of care; (2) proving that duty was breached; (3) showing the defendant’s actions were the direct cause of the harm you suffered; and (4) tangible damages. All of these must be shown for you to succeed with your claim.
Seek Experienced Assistance With Bellevue Brain Injuries
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important to have experienced and compassionate representation on your side. Stephen Hornbuckle of The Hornbuckle Firm has the knowledge and the experience to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve. Contact our office by phone today at (425) 679-0742 to discuss your case.
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