Because the brain functions as the control centre of the human body, any damage to the brain can have lifelong implications.
A brain injury that’s caused by impact to the head is classed as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and may range from mild trauma to severe brain damage. This type of injury may affect a person’s ability to store, process and retrieve information. It can also affect motor skills and physiological functions, control over emotions and impulses, and the ability to function socially.
A brain injury may require prolonged treatment, and can permanently affect a person’s quality of life.
Common causes of brain injuries
The most common causes of brain injuries include vehicle collisions, falls, slips, violent assault, sports injuries and cases involving medical malpractice.
According to South African statistics, about 50 percent of TBIs are the result of motor vehicle or bicycle collisions; 20 to 30 percent are caused by falls; and 20 percent result from violent assaults.
How do you identify a brain injury?
Brain damage can’t always be identified immediately, and it may be some time after an accident before its extent, or likely long-term effects, become clear.
If you experience trauma to the head, it’s important to be examined by a medical professional as soon after the injury as possible.
The common symptoms of brain injury include, but are not limited, to:
- feelings of confusion or disorientation, without loss of consciousness
- loss of consciousness
- seizures or convulsions
- blurred vision
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- nausea and vomiting
- light and sound sensitivity
- loss of coordination, or poor balance
- slurred speech
- numbness in the fingers and toes
- memory problems
- difficulty sleeping
- mood swings
Personal injury claims for brain injuries
Brain injury can have a long-term, or even permanent, effect on your life, limiting your capacity to work and function socially, and potentially requiring expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
If you or a close family member suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another party, you can make a claim against that party for the personal injury you’ve sustained – including compensation for medical expenses, potential loss of earnings, and pain and suffering. You can also claim if a brain injury was sustained by a close family member who was a breadwinner, on the basis of lost income.
For example, you might have a valid personal injury claim if a brain injury resulted from a vehicle collision, during a violent crime, or as a result of poor safety measures in a public area.
Why use DSC Attorneys?
A brain injury is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and potential, long-term effects. Brain injuries can also be subtle, with symptoms that aren’t immediately noticeable to somebody without experience in recognising the tell-tale signs.
Our firm consists of highly experienced personal injury attorneys and medico-legal specialists, who have the expertise required to assess and substantiate your claim, and to represent you in court proceedings.
We also work on a “no win, no fee” basis.