Brain Injury

Brain injuries are among the most serious injuries people can suffer. Because the brain is central to all body functions, victims of brain injury often face catastrophic physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. When a brain injury is preventable and is caused by another party's negligence, the tragedy is especially difficult to accept. The personal injury attorneys at the Ford Firm have years of experience defending the rights of brain injury victims. We can hold responsible parties accountable for a victim's injuries, and work to ensure victims recover financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Types of Brain Injury

Medical experts have established two categories of brain injury: traumatic and acquired injuries. Traumatic brain injury occurs when the head is impacted or penetrated. This type of brain injury is commonly a result of automobile accidents, workplace injuries, and physical acts of violence.

Acquired brain injury is most commonly associated with medical malpractice, especially surgical errors and birth trauma. This type of brain injury is usually the effect of some sort of deficiency in the body, in most cases occurring when the brain is denied oxygen.

Effects of Brain Injury

Any type of brain injury can cause life-long repercussions for victims and their families. Because brain function is central to all systems in the body, brain injury victims can face system-wide consequences that affect their daily lives, including:

• Impaired cognition, such as communication, reading, and writing
• Diminished concentration
• Loss of memory
• Behavioral changes, including diminished sexual function
• Loss of coordination
• Psychological effects
• Coma
• Paralysis
• Loss of coordination
• Changes in personality
• Impaired hearing, speech, vision, and sensory capacities

Brain injuries are notoriously difficult to diagnose, as many symptoms may be attributed to other causes. An added impairment to a successful brain injury diagnosis is that in many cases, the affects of a brain injury are not immediately apparent after a traumatic event.