For nearly 30 years of combined experience, the Maine personal injury attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have the depth of knowledge needed to fully litigate brain injury claims, and to hold any responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions. If you or a family member has been injured and suffered a brain injury, call us today so that we can provide you with the tireless representation you deserve, and help you seek the compensation you need.Brain Injuries Are a Serious Public Health Concern in Maine and Across the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website states that at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, occur as a result of a singular injury or with other injuries each year. Traumatic brain injuries make up a large number of deaths and instances of permanent disability. Traumatic brain injury is an injury that disrupts the regular function of the brain and is caused by a jolt, bump, or blow to the head or some other penetrating head injury. Some blows or jolts are minor and result in a lower grade injury like a concussion, but others are much more severe and include a long period of unconsciousness or amnesia following the injury.
Falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, and “struck by/against” events are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury. Falls make up over a third of the cases, and especially affect children 0-14 years of age and adults over the age of 65. Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause, and affect all age groups. “Struck by/against” events are when the injured collides with a moving or stationary object. This cause greatly affects children aged 0-14 years. Assaults make up 10% of TBI causes, and affect all ages. Further information is available from the Brain Injury Association of America.Safe Driving and Well-Kept Premises Help Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can happen anywhere in the state of Maine. Car accidents, slip and fall injuries, workplace accidents, or accidents at a daycare or school can all lead to a severe brain injury. No matter where the accident occurs, everyone involved is obligated to either drive safely or maintain safe premises for those who work or visit their place of business or property. If another party, such as a driver, employer, property owner, or manufacturer failed to uphold their duty to drive safely or maintain a safe environment or product, then they may have to pay damages to cover the injured person’s medical costs incurred, as well as future medical expenses and lost income.Student Athletes Are at Risk for Concussions and Other Brain Injuries
Increased awareness around the impact of brain injuries has also arisen in the context of high school sports. In response to disturbing statistics related to the long-term effects of concussions and other brain injuries to professional football players, the Maine Concussion Management Initiative was created in 2009 to help prevent such injuries to younger athletes. A concussion can take place when head trauma causes the brain to move inside the skull. Such injuries are quite common among high school football, basketball, and other athletes. Potential consequences can include memory loss, mood swings, lifelong disability, and even death. This danger has been recognized at the state level as well, with Governor Paul LePage signing new legislation in May 2013 requiring all high schools across Maine to design and enact a head injury policy and management plan within 12 months.
Because even severe head injuries may not be apparent at first, if your child has suffered a concussion or any kind of head trauma while competing in school sports, you should seek an immediate medical evaluation. If you suspect that school officials have acted carelessly in supervising or allowing injured students to continue participating in athletic activities in a manner that has caused your child to suffer a head injury, you should speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer for an evaluation of your legal rights.Experienced Maine Accident Attorneys
At Briggs & Wholey, our Maine personal injury lawyers understand the difficulties our clients and clients’ families face when met with the devastation of a traumatic brain injury. We have litigated countless claims involving brain and other serious injuries, and know how to build a successful case on your behalf. Alison Wholey Briggs understands that your circumstances are unique, and is here to help you maximize your recovery so that you can move forward with your life. For a free, confidential consultation, call our office at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.