Prior posts here have addressed the serious problems associated with brain injuries. A brain injury can alter the course of a person’s life by affecting balance, coordination, cognitive abilities, and many other necessary bodily functions. Serious damage to a person’s brain can render an otherwise healthy individual dependent on the kindness and care of others.
Due to the importance of recognizing and researching brain injuries, the Brain Injury Association of America has declared March “Brain Injury Awareness Month.” Through this campaign, it hopes to offer support to those Americans who have suffered brain injuries and to let them know that they are not alone in their battles.
Anyone who has a loved one who has suffered a brain injury understands how challenging it can be to care for a person dealing with brain damage and related issues. The financial cost and emotional toll can wear down even the most committed of friends and family members. When brain injuries are caused by others, the victim’s damages are sometimes compensable under personal injury law.
When accidents occur, courts generally look to see if the party responsible for causing the incident acted in a reasonable manner given the circumstances of the situation. If the party acted reasonably, then that party may not be liable for the other person’s losses. If, however, the party was irresponsible, negligent, or reckless, that party may have to pay the victim for any losses.
Individuals who have personally suffered brain injuries or who have loved ones suffering from such debilitating issues should understand that they are not alone. During Brain Injury Awareness Month, those who may have claims against the parties that caused their harm may choose to investigate their rights to litigation.