Accidents that result in some form of brain injury are far more common than some would like to think. It is actually believed that nearly 140 people nationwide die every day because of this type of injury, even more are left with temporary or permanent disabilities. A traumatic brain injury is something to which no one is immune, whether they live in Arizona or elsewhere.
There a numerous causes for brain injuries. The most common tend to include slip-and-fall accidents, auto collisions, sports injuries, medical treatment errors and work-related accidents. The majority of these are highly avoidable, and some form of negligence is often found to have contributed to such incidents. Examples of negligence include distracted driving, unsafe work conditions and failure to diagnose -- among various others.
If a brain injury is suspected after an accident or medical error, receiving prompt treatment is vital. Waiting, even if symptoms do not seem significant, can have devastating results. The common symptoms of a potential brain injury include:
- Muscle weakness
- Slurred speech
No matter how a traumatic brain injury occurs, if any form of negligence is believed to have contributed to the injury, the victim or his or her family members may be entitled to legal recourse. The laws of Arizona do allow those negatively affected by such incidents to seek compensation for their physical, emotional and financial losses. Wrongful death, survival actions or personal injury claims that are litigated successfully may be awarded monetary sums deemed appropriate for the circumstances.
Source: Findlaw, "Brain Injury Symptoms and Diagnosis", Accessed on Aug. 2, 2015