Brain injuries are among the most severe injuries a person can receive, and can lead to a lifetime of ongoing medical care and treatment, or even death. The brain is the most complex organ in the body, containing billions of nerve cells which provide messages to the rest of the body. Even slight trauma to the brain can lead to lasting brain injuries that can disrupt the life of the injured victim for years to come.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 1.7 million people suffer a brain injury each year, resulting in around 50,000 deaths. The CDC additionally estimates that approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths involve a traumatic brain injury. It is difficult for the body to function after a brain injury, and therefore ongoing medical care is often required for injured individuals to lead a somewhat normal life in the years following the accident. The CDC also reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths resulting from traumatic brain injuries, while falls are the greatest reason for emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Both accidents and falls can be easily prevented. A driver who takes their eyes off the road for 5 seconds could cause a terrible accident leading to brain injuries. A property owner who does not take the care to clean up liquid spills or fix a loose stair could put their guests at risk for brain injuries in case of falls.
Las Vegas, Nevada Personal Injury Claims
The negligence standard is the driving force in most personal injury claims, and typically rests on the actions of the defendant, and whether they exercised the appropriate level of care that a person in a similar circumstance would have exercised. Nevada is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that the victim of an accident will not be able to receive damages if they are found to be more than 51 percent at fault for the accident. For example, if a court determines that the victim’s actions were 40 percent the cause of the accident, then the victim’s total damages will be reduced by 40 percent. However, if the court determines that the victim is 51 percent at fault for the accident, the victim will be barred from receiving any damages.
A victim of an accident leading to brain injuries is entitled to bring a claim involving the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
A brain injury impacts more than just the victim, but often impacts the whole family who will have to adjust to a very different life. Brain injuries can impact the victim’s ability to speak, walk, or even comprehend daily chores. Brain injuries can also greatly impact the victim’s personality, turning them into a seemingly completely different person. It is therefore important that the responsible party be held accountable for their actions leading to this tragic accident.
De Castroverde Law Group | Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one have received a brain injury during a tragic accident, do not hesitate to contact the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at De Castroverde Law Group. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling severe brain injury claims and will work closely with you and your family to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our Las Vegas office today for your initial free consultation.