An acquired brain injury, or ABI, is a brain injury that occurs after birth. Brain injuries that result from forceful impact are categorized as a traumatic ABI (e.g. auto accidents, assaults, falls), as opposed to an ABI that results from a stroke, lack of oxygen (hypoxia), infection, or medical errors. In some situations, it is possible for someone to experience a traumatic ABI and not even realize it, as in the case of severe whiplash. That is why it is always important to seek medical attention immediately, even if there are no signs of damage or pain.
These injuries can greatly alter a person’s life and the life of their family, as they may often lead to:
- Life-long disabilities
- Sensory-motor issues
- Psychiatric changes
- Language & communicative problems
- Cognitive impairment
Associated with these physical struggles are the emotional and financial burdens that arise from experiencing these types of injuries. Because of how brain injuries can impact our cognitive and physical abilities they may also require lifelong assistance and care in addition to the immediate medical attention they will require (and the associated impacts on other aspects the victim’s daily life).
The unique aspects of ABIs require an experienced attorney that thoroughly understands Virginia law as well as the needs of patients and their families and who will ensure that their rights are protected and that their emotional, physical, and financial needs are compensated.
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