Nearly 20 percent of all brain injuries are the result of an auto accident. This number includes pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists who are struck by a motor vehicle. Falls account for the majority of brain injuries – about 28 percent. Children and the elderly are the most likely victims of brain injuries from falls, as they may fall out of bed, slip in the bathtub or shower, fall down the stairs, or, in the case of children, suffer a fall while playing.
About 11 percent of all brain injuries are the result of assaults or violent incidents, such as police brutality, gunshot wounds, child abuse, or domestic violence. The remainder of brain injuries in the accident category are caused by explosions, such as those experienced by military personnel, sports injuries, and injuries resulting from a construction accidents or defective product accidents. Traumatic brain injuries from sports are most common among boxers and football players, as well as those who snow ski, skateboard, or play certain sports (e.g., soccer, baseball or hockey).
Brain injury caused by medical malpractice can occur when the accepted standards of medical practice are not followed. One of the most common types of brain injury related to medical malpractice is a birth injury, in which the baby is deprived of oxygen to the brain – known as hypoxia. The improper use of anesthesia, an undiagnosed brain tumor, brain surgery gone wrong, surgical infection of the brain, or over-medication can all fall under brain injury caused by medical malpractice.
In order to fully prove your case, your Chicago traumatic brain injury attorney will show that you suffered trauma due to the negligence of another person or entity. If your injury was caused by malpractice, the lawyer will show that your physician had a specific duty of care – he or she was required to exercise a reasonable level of care in order to prevent harm – and this duty of care was breached. Your attorney will then show that this negligence was directly responsible for your resulting brain injury, and that your brain injury caused specific economic and noneconomic damages.
2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
NOAH TAFFELPersonal Injury Victim