Penetrating head injuries are one of the two major types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries happen when a foreign object breaks through the skull and tears into the brain. The other type of TBI is a closed-head injury, in which a blow or jolt causes the brain to move violently inside the skull.
The harm caused by a penetrating head injury depends on the depth and the location of the wound – and the specific area of the brain that is damaged.
A serious penetrating head wound can be instantly fatal or cause long-term complications that lead to varying levels of disability.
Most penetrating head wounds are caused by some form of physical assault. They are often associated with shrapnel wounds suffered in military combat. But civilians can suffer penetrating head wounds in criminal assaults, car accidents, falls and other accidents.
If your or a loved one’s penetrating head wound was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of the injury and other related losses.
Call Joye Law Firm. We can help you obtain the money you deserve from the party responsible for your financial losses and pain and suffering.
How Penetrating Head Injuries Harm Victims
A penetrating head wound is described as one that happens when a foreign object (such as a bullet) breaks through the skull and into the brain, where it causes brain damage. Symptoms vary depending on the part of the brain that is damaged.
Specific bodily systems and functions are controlled in part by certain areas of the brain. The brain is made up of several lobes and specialized areas, including:
- Frontal lobes that are responsible for problem solving, judgment and motor function.
- Parietal lobes (upper rear) that control sensation, handwriting and body position.
- Temporal lobes (side) that process memory and hearing.
- Occipital lobes (lower rear) that process visual stimuli.
- The cortex, or outermost layer of brain cells, which initiates thinking and voluntary movement.
- The brain stem, between the spinal cord and the rest of the brain, which controls basic functions such as breathing and sleep.
- The cerebellum, at the base and rear of the brain, that is responsible for coordination and balance.
- The basal ganglia, which are a cluster of structures in the center of the brain that coordinate messages between areas of the brain.
Compensation for a Negligent Penetrating Head Injury
The victim of a penetrating head injury in most cases faces a lengthy and expensive recovery. Many TBI victims are partially or totally disabled and may require care for the rest of their lives.
Joye Law Firm can help you recover the compensation you deserve if someone else was responsible for your or a loved one’s penetrating head injury. If, for example, an assault occurred at a business where the property owner neglected appropriate security measures, the owner may be held liable for the injuries. Such third-party claims may also be appropriate in workplace injuries, car accidents and other accidents leading to penetrating TBIs.
There are complex legal, medical and emotional issues related to any personal injury or wrongful death claim. The attorneys of Joye Law Firm have nearly 250 years of combined experience helping victims of catastrophic injuries in South Carolina. We can help you obtain the money you need and deserve for medical expenses (including physical, occupational or vocational therapy), to replace lost income (including projected future losses), and to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
We thoroughly investigate TBI accidents from across South Carolina and consult with medical and financial specialists to fully document our clients’ losses. Find out how we can help you.
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