A young New York City woman recently suffered a severe traumatic brain injury after a lounge chair fell off a balcony and hit her in the head. The impact of the chair hitting her left her with a serious brain injury. She was immediately rushed to the hospital and needed to undergo three brain surgeries. This tragic accident happened right before she was to attend Harvard University to pursue her master’s degree.
Now, she is learning how to walk and talk again. she will be bringing a lawsuit against the men leasing the penthouse, the apartment management company, and the building owners. In her lawsuit, she claims that they failed to use reasonable care when they left the patio furniture outside on a terrace in a penthouse during a windy storm.
The Devastating Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The 24-year-old woman mentioned above is now navigating living with a traumatic brain injury. The specific symptoms of traumatic brain injuries vary depending on the unique aspects of each individual’s injury. The location of the brain injury and the severity will determine how the injury impacts one’s cognitive abilities. Those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty sleep
- Sleeping problems
- Inability to balance
- Loss of consciousness
- Becoming disoriented or confused
- Mood swings, anxiety, and depression
- Repeated vomiting
- Inability to wake up after sleeping
- Slurred speech
- Profound confusion
- Extreme irritability
- Slipping into a coma
Bringing a Lawsuit After a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or your loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. When someone else’s negligence or recklessness causes the accident that results in your brain injury, they are financially responsible under the law for all of the damage caused by the injury. In the case mentioned above, if the young woman can show that the defendants failed to use reasonable care by placing a lawn chair on a skyscraper patio during a storm, she will be entitled to damages.
Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include costs that are easily quantifiable, resulting from your traumatic brain injury. Medical expenses, the cost of durable medical equipment, the cost of hiring a home health aide, and the loss of income from having to stay home from your job are all considered economic damages. Non-economic damages include less easy to quantify expenses, such as pain and suffering and a loss of consortium. When a person dies due to a personal injury accident, his or her family may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages.
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