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What can cause a head injury and can compensation be sought?

Suffering a head injury is not necessarily an uncommon thing. In fact, quite a few South Carolina residents have suffered or will suffer some sort of head injury during their lifetimes. Not all of these injuries are serious, though, and those with minor injuries will likely be able to move on and return to their normal lives. However, there are some who have suffered massive brain damage as a result of a head injury, and these individuals generally require specialized care and treatment for the remainder of their lives. So, what causes such an injury and is it possible to seek compensation for the resulting damages?

A number of things can actually cause a head injury. These may include, but certainly are not limited to, car accidents, falls, substandard medical care and assault. In any case, the damages suffered can be significant and can affect every aspect of a person's life.

Regardless of the cause of injury, if negligence in any form -- or even intent to harm -- is found to have contributed to the damage, victims would be well within their rights to seek compensation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the cause of injury, certain types of legal claims could be made in an effort to obtain monetary relief. For instance, if poor medical care leads to brain damage, medical malpractice claims can be filed against any staff members believed responsible or even against the facility where treatment was administered. On the other hand, if a car or other type of accident or assault occurs, the victim may choose to pursue a personal injury claim against the individual deemed negligent.

The consequences of a serious head injury that resulted from negligent behavior or intent to harm is not something that victims, or their family members, should have to shoulder alone. Legal claims for compensation can be made in a South Carolina civil court. If negligence is established, economic relief may be granted for any current and future losses.

Source: heathline.com, "Head Injury: Types, Causes & Symptoms", Brindles Lee Macon and Elizabeth Boskey, Accessed on Feb. 27, 2015

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