It is estimated that one in 50 Australians suffer from a brain injury that limits their activities, with almost one in a hundred suffering a profound or severe core activity limitation.
Two thirds of brain injury sufferers are male, with a sharp peak of injuries occurring in males between the ages of 15 and 25. This makes brain injury a serious mens health problem and suggests that brain injuries often arise out of the sorts of risk taking behaviours that men, and in particular young men, indulge in.
Brain injuries arise from a range of causes. Some are caused by unavoidable illness, but the vast majority 90% are traumatic. Two thirds of injuries arise out of road use.
Spinal cord injuries are less common, with less than 400 cases of traumatic spinal cord injuries per year. Three quarters of these injuries are traumatic with almost half arising out of transport related incidents.
When you suffer a traumatic injury, for example in a car accident, in the workplace or because of another persons negligence, it is important to get good legal advice because you may be entitled to compensation. Your lawyer cant make you better, but compensation can open up doors to treatment and support that can make your life a lot easier.
Spinal cord injuries are better understood by the community than brain injuries, perhaps because the results of a spinal cord injury are more obvious and better defined.
Brain injuries seem more mysterious. There may be no external injury: the brain can be damaged by twisting or tearing as the brains momentum acts against the skull when it is thrown about, for example in the course of a front or rear end car collision.
Another difficulty for brain injury sufferers and their families is that brain injuries have many different symptoms. The brain is the computer that operates the bodys physical attributes. But it is also responsible for information processing and controls a persons emotions and behaviour. This means that brain injury suffers can be faced with many problems: these problems may be difficult for those around them to understand, let alone cope with.
The difficult task of dealing with a spinal or brain injury can be made easier if the sufferer is able to access services to improve their health and support to help them to live independently. This can be expensive. Compensation can provide a pathway to obtaining these services that would otherwise be unavailable.
But in order to get the fullest compensation it is important to have the best legal advice. This requires not just technical legal competence, but also the ability to fully understand and present your situation to insurers and, where necessary, a court. Given the cognitive and emotional challenges for brain injury sufferers, your compensation lawyer should also be willing to go the extra mile to support the client through the claims process.
At Walker Law Group Car Accident Lawyers, personal injury law is all we do. We are experienced in dealing with brain injury and spinal injury claims. We are also experts in dealing with the insurance industry. This makes us well qualified to run your case.
For further information please call our office on 1300 363 013