A brain injury not only changes a victim’s life, but the lives of their family as well. The recovery process is a long, difficult road, and is also very expensive. Portland brain injury victims may need to undergo many surgeries, extensive therapy, or require constant care.
When someone else’s wrongful actions result in another person suffering a serious brain injury, a brain injury victim has the right seek the money they need from those responsible to care for themselves and their family after a brain injury accident – which is why it is sometimes necessary to hire Portland brain injury attorneys to help you through the personal injury process. If you are looking for Causes, Symptoms, or Causes of traumatic brain injury, please see our infographic.
Damages & Legal Responsibility for an Oregon Brain Injury Accident
At DuBois Law Group, our hearts go out to anyone who has been injured because of another’s carelessness. We can help you during this difficult time in your life. Call us at 503-222-4411 for a free consultation.
A brain injury is often catastrophic, and victims can sometimes never fully recover. Unlike most tissues in the body, the brain isn’t able to regenerate its cells. Once brain cells are damaged or the connections between them are broken, the functions they perform are lost, unless the brain learns to perform them in a new way. Oregon brain injury victims usually have permanent problems because of the injury, including difficulty with their senses, movement, emotions, and/or cognitive abilities. Sometimes a person who suffers a brain injury can even experience a severe personality change that may be permanent.
Causes of Oregon Brain Injuries
A brain injury is often caused by a jolt, blow, or bump to a person’s head, or a penetrating head injury that upsets a brain’s normal functioning. A brain injury caused in this way is referred to as a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The seriousness of a brain injury can range from “mild,” which is defined as a short change in a person’s mental state or consciousness; to “severe,” which is defined as a long period of unconsciousness or amnesia after an injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.7 million people suffer a brain injury every year. Of that number, approximately 52,000 die, 275,000 require hospitalization, and 1.36 million receive treatment and are released from the emergency room. The CDC reports that TBIs are a contributing factor in about one-third (30.5 percent) of all injury-related fatalities in the U.S. However, almost 75 percent of the TBIs that occur every year are concussions or another form of a mild brain injury.
Falls are the leading cause of TBIs and account for about 35 percent of total brain injuries every year. Motor vehicle accidents account for 17 percent of total brain injuries, but result in the biggest percentage of fatalities that are TBI-related at 31 percent. People struck by or against an object account for 16 percent of the total, and assaults account for 10 percent. (Twenty-one percent is unknown.) Read more about Brain Injury Statistics.
Types of Brain Injuries in Oregon
There are many kinds of brain injuries, and some common examples include:
- Concussion. This type of brain injury results from a direct blow to a person’s head, by violent shaking of their head, or through whiplash or a similar injury. A concussion can also include bleeding of the brain, skull fractures, or brain swelling.
- Contusion. A contusion is caused by direct impact to a person’s head and is a bruise to the brain that bleeds. Often, large contusions will need to be removed surgically.
- Coup-contrecoup injury. This kind of injury results from a blow to a person’s head that is strong enough to cause a contusion at the impact site and also moves the brain while causing it to slam against the opposite side of the skull, which results in a second contusion.
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI). This type of brain injury is the result of the strong rotation or shaking of a person’s head, which causes the brain to trail behind the skull’s movements and results in tears to the brain structures. When this occurs, often brain chemicals are released, which leads to further damage. This is one of the more serious TBIs, with 90 percent of those with a DAI never regaining consciousness. Those who do are often severely impaired.
- Penetrating brain injury. These brain injuries are caused when an object forces bone, hair, skin, and fragments from the object into a person’s brain. This injury can cause the brain to ricochet within a person’s skull or result in the brain tissue stretching and/or rupturing. Penetrating brain injuries often result in death.
Past Oregon Traumatic Brain Injury Accident Case Examples:
Traumatic Brain Injury Case Example #1: Fell Past “Wall” Onto Concrete
K.H. was injured while at a party. She fell two stories onto concrete because of negligent design, building, and maintenance which caused her to lean against a “wall” that was actually a door to nothing. Sustaining permanent seizures, she needed cognitive therapy and physical therapy after her accident as well as time to heal from several broken back ones. As a student, K.H. was having a hard time returning to school and her volunteer work. See her traumatic brain injury attorney testimonial. This case settled for $500,000 before trial.
Traumatic Brain Injury Case Example #2: Pedestrian Hit by Car
S.W. was walking near Portland State University when a car turned left and hit him. S.W. was in a crosswalk, with the right-of-way. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance and diagnosed with concussion and closed head injury. He had to have months of physical therapy, in addition to dealing with recurring headaches, dizziness, and nausea. S.W. missed months of work and school. Our Portland attorneys helped him pay all his medical bills and lost wages, and secured funds for future treatments. This case settled for $100,000, the maximum under that auto policy.
Traumatic Brain Injury Case Example #3: Problems with Memory Loss
D.S. was driving through a green light when another driver ran a red light and hit him. D received a minor brain injury including problems with sleep apnea and loss of memory. He was unable to continue working and was having trouble paying his family’s bills. Brain injuries are extremely serious, and our attorneys worked hard to ensure that D.’s financial needs were met for now and in the future. This case settled for $100,000, before trial.