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Has a brain injury negatively affected you?

From an early age, you likely knew the importance of protecting your head from possible injuries. Head and brain injuries can have substantial effects on your life, and in some cases, you could suffer permanent injuries. A brain injury itself could cause difficulties that could lead to diminished abilities or even death.

Types of brain injuries

Though brain injuries typically fall into either the traumatic brain injury or acquired brain injury category, specific brain traumas fit into each of those categories. Traumatic brain injuries may include:

  • Penetration of the skull and brain
  • Bleeding on the brain
  • Multiple brain contusions due to the brain hitting the opposite side of the skull
  • Tears to brain structures
  • Concussions

Acquired brain injuries result due to a lack of oxygen to the brain. The two types of acquired brain injuries include:

  • Anoxia, or complete oxygen deprivation
  • Hypoxic brain injury, or partial oxygen deprivation

Both traumatic and acquired brain injuries could cause serious, permanent or even fatal injuries.

Effects of brain injuries

The effects that result from suffering a brain injury often depend on the seriousness of the injury and how the damage happened. However, cognitive issues, emotional outbursts and decrease in physical abilities have presented themselves as more common effects. These outcomes could hamper your ability to maintain certain jobs and carry out daily tasks.

If the effects prove severe, you may need some sort of assistance when it comes to caring for yourself. An aid may provide you with help in completing activities that you can no longer do on your own. Canes, wheelchairs and other devices may be needed due to certain effects.

Legal action

If your brain injury was caused due to the fault of another person or entity, you may have reason to pursue a legal claim. Because a serious brain injury could lead to any of the previously mentioned effects, the possibility exists that you could face diminished quality of life as well as face financial strain due to medical bills and costs associated with necessary assistance. Filing a personal injury claim could allow you to seek compensation for the damages suffered.

Awards for compensation occur when a case proves successful. Therefore, you may wish to prepare for your claim and ensure that you feel ready to move forward with such action. With the assistance of an experienced South Carolina attorney, you may have a better chance of organizing and presenting your case effectively.

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