The importance of protecting your head from injury cannot be overstated. A broken arm is painful, but the victim of this injury may only need to have their arm immobilized for several weeks while the bone heals. With the use of x-rays and modern surgical techniques, the repair of a broken bone can be done quickly and with little risk to the patient, allowing them to resume their lives and begin recovery with minimal problem.
A traumatic brain injury is completely different because it is not as clear where the injury may be within the brain or the skull. You cannot simply immobilize the brain or place a cast around it and wait for it to heal.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has said on its traumatic brain injury information page that approximately half of patients with severe head injuries will need surgery to get rid of and restore ruptured blood vessels and/or bruised brain tissue.
Obviously any surgery that is done to repair the brain carries with it great risks to the patient as the brain is a much more complex and sensitive part of the body as compared to the bone making up an arm.
The recovery time is often more difficult and takes a great deal of time. Ultimately resuming normal pre-injury activities and lifestyle may take years.
It is for these reasons that a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence should be properly compensated to assist in their difficult recovery.
While not every patient will be due compensation, a Connecticut attorney with specific experience in brain injury litigation should be able to help you assess your options for compensation.