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Can damages be sought for brain injuries?

Injuries to the head are common occurrences in South Carolina and nationwide. Hundreds of people die daily because of brain injuries, and many more endure temporary or permanent disabilities as a result. Those who have been injured or lost loved ones due to this are likely to have numerous questions. One such question may be whether a claim for monetary damages can sought?

Lives are completely changed by brain injuries. Those who do survive often have to re-learn basic daily tasks. Some will even require the help of social and health care workers in order to complete these tasks. There are those who will recover well-enough to function on their own; others, though, may require aid for the rest of their lives. In either case, the expense of medical care, rehabilitation and physical support can be overwhelming -- not only financially but emotionally as well.

If a brain injury is the result of another party's negligence, it is possible to seek damages through legal measures. To do this, though, it is imperative to establish sufficient proof of negligence. This may be difficult to do in some instances, while in other situations, fault may be easily placed. While fully investigating an accident can take time, the failure to do so can negatively affect one's case and, therefore, his or her ability to receive compensation for the losses sustained.

South Carolina residents who have suffered brain injuries, or those who have lost loved ones because of the same, can seek professional assistance in order to help decide if legal actions are appropriate for their specific circumstances. Depending on the cause of the injury, there may be a variety of legal actions that may be pursued in an effort to seek compensation. Financial relief may be awarded to those whose cases are successfully litigated or settled out of court.

Source: Findlaw, "Brain Injury Lawsuit FAQs", Accessed on Aug. 2, 2015

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