Will Smith stars in a medical drama entitled “Concussion” which features the long term brain injury affecting former NFL players. The movie is based on the scientific findings of a pathologist who discovers CTE, a degenerative brain disease in the brains of several retired NFL players.
Causes of Brain Injury
A severe blow or jolt to the head and penetrating head injuries can damage brain tissue and cause bleeding in and around brain cells. Head trauma can arise from:
- Severe car accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slips and falls
- Sports injuries
Repetitive head trauma, such as those experienced by professional football players, has also been linked to CTE. This disease, however, can only be detected after death, as in the cases of almost a hundred former NFL players whose brains were examined posthumously.
Effects of Brain Injury
Severe brain injury can negatively impact an injured person’s way of life, causing a wide range of symptoms such as:
- Frequent headaches
- Memory problems
- Impaired motor control or movement
- Personality changes
In some cases, severe brain injury can lead to early death.
Brain injury often requires long term treatment, care, and therapy to enable an injured person to manage symptoms and maintain a lifestyle. Anyone who suffers brain injury in an accident may be entitled to compensation and should seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Claiming Compensation for Brain Injury
A Philadelphia US district court judge has approved a $900 million class settlement for former NFL players who suffered concussions during their careers. Individual monetary awards range from 3 to 5 million dollars for each retired player, depending on their diagnosis.
Compensation for brain injury can cover your past and future medical bills, past and future lost earnings, and damages for your pain and suffering.
If you, or a loved one, has suffered brain injury, your attorney can help you to gather evidence, provide access to medical experts, and represent you before insurance companies, or in court if a settlement out of court is unsuccessful.
In Los Angeles, California, the law office of Carpenter & Zuckerman is one of the largest law firms, with proven years of experience in brain injury cases, helping clients recover the maximum value of settlement to which they are legally entitled.
To learn more about your legal options in such a case, we invite you to call us today at (310) 273-1230. Your initial consultation is free of charge.