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
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.