After someone suffers an injury to the head, one's life may be forever changed. However, it is not just the victim's life that is ultimately affected. Brain injuries can and do affect entire families. In South Carolina and elsewhere, it may be possible for brain injury victims and/or their family members to seek compensation any losses they have experienced.
After a head injury is suffered, rehabilitation is commonly referred to as a marathon, not a sprint. Unfortunately, these injuries can take time to heal, and there are no guarantees as to how much function and control one will regain. The time it takes to recover is case dependent; every injury is different, and everyone responds to the injury differently. During the recovery process, brain injury victims often depend on their loved ones to do almost everything, which can take a heavy emotional toll on everyone involved.
It is certainly not easy to find ways to manage the life changes that accompany suffering a brain injury. It is normal for victims of these injuries simply to want their lives back and for family members to want to see their loved ones recover. Unfortunately, many may find it is difficult to get access to or afford the services needed that will help accomplish this. However, those who have suffered brain injuries due to the negligence of others may utilize legal means in order to seek compensation for any damages sustained.
Those who have suffered brain injuries and/or their loved ones may file civil claims in a South Carolina court against those believed responsible for their injuries. In order for such claims to be successful, negligence will need to be proved to the satisfaction of the court. If this can be accomplished, monetary damages may be awarded which could certainly assist the victim and his or her family in accessing the resources needed both now and in the future.