Brain Injury and Personal Injury Damages: Understanding Nevada Law
Brain injuries are a serious health concern in the United States. According to the CDC Congress Report, 1.5 million people suffer from some form of brain trauma each year. In Nevada alone, there are roughly 10,000 traumatic brain injuries per year. When you suffer from a brain injury that was caused by another party’s negligence or wrongful action, it can be difficult to understand your rights and options for getting compensation for your injuries—especially if you’re not sure what qualifies as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) under Nevada law. In this article, we will explain what qualifies as a TBI and how you may be compensated for after an accident.
What is a brain injury?
A brain injury is a general term used to describe any damage to the brain. Brain injuries can be caused by a head injury, stroke, infection or other medical condition. These injuries can range from mild to severe and have long-term consequences. The National Institutes of Health describes two types of head injuries as penetrating and non-penetrating.
- Penetrating brain injuries typically occur from an object piercing through the skull. Causes include a knife or bullet.
- Non-penetrating brain injuries occur from an external force that impacts the brain from within the skull. Causes include slip and falls or car crashes.
What are some of the causes of brain injury in Nevada?
Brain injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall injuries (including slipping on wet floors in public places)
- Sports injuries (such as concussions sustained while playing football)
Workplace injuries are another common cause of traumatic brain injury. A worker may suffer a head injury when they are struck by an object or machine part, or if their head makes contact with something hard enough to cause injury.
How do I know if I have suffered a brain injury?
Brain injuries are often classified as either closed head injuries or open head injuries. Closed head injuries occur when there is no penetration of the skull and only minor cuts on the surface of your scalp. Open head wounds occur when there is penetration through your skull into your brain tissue itself, resulting in more severe damage than what may otherwise be seen with a closed wound alone. Head injuries are likely to require immediate medical attention.
What are the symptoms of a brain injury?
An accident affecting the brain can cause a variety of symptoms that vary in severity. Some common symptoms include:
- Vision problems, including blurry vision and double vision (diplopia)
- Memory loss and difficulty concentrating
- Confusion and disorientation
- Nausea and vomiting
Am I eligible for damages related to my head injury?
A brain injury claim may provide you with financial compensation for your losses, including:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced life expectancy
- Emotional distress
Nevada has a statute of limitations and provides up to two years for a claim to be filed against the negligent party.
Will I be compensated for my brain injury?
If you or a family member are suffering from a head injury at the fault of someone else. You may be eligible to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. At Carlson & Work Injury Attorneys, our priority is to demand justice for your accident.
Contact Our Brain Injury Law Firm in Reno, NV
Overall, it is important to know what type of damages you may be eligible for and how to prove them. A brain injury can be devastating for both the victim and their family members, but with proper legal guidance, you can make sure that you receive compensation for your losses. If you or a loved one are suffering from an injury, contact our Nevada personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.