The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 10% of traumatic brain injuries are caused by assaults. These injuries can range from mild to severe and they can impact a person’s:
- Cognitive functioning.
- Emotional functioning.
A traumatic brain injury can impact a person’s ability to study, to work, to perform daily living tasks, and to maintain personal relationships with family and friends. It can be one of the most devastating injuries to result from a negligent security attack.
Who Pays for These Damages?
The person who committed the assault may not have the money or the assets to pay for his victim’s injuries. However, there may be another option. If the assault occurred because a property owner failed to provide reasonable security, then the property owner may be responsible for paying the victim’s damages. In order to recover these damages, the victim or his legal representative will need to file a civil negligent security case.
You Can Help Your Loved One Recover
Your loved one’s recovery may be long, painful, and frustrating. He may be unable to do a lot of the things that he normally does without help. You can provide much-needed assistance by:
- Transporting your loved one to doctor’s appointments and rehabilitation therapy appointments. Traumatic brain injury victims may be unable to drive.
- Helping to care for your loved ones family and home. Your loved one’s injury may prevent him from taking care of his kids or getting things done around his home. You may help him with these activities by doing some of them yourself or organizing his friends and relatives to pitch in where needed.
- Visiting with your loved one. Many brain injury victims have significant restrictions while they recover. Your loved one may be unable to read, watch TV, or work. His days may be extremely boring, and he may welcome your brief visit.
- Becoming the contact person for your mutual friends. Your loved one’s friends and relatives want updates on his recovery. It can be exhausting, overwhelming, or simply impossible for your loved one to talk to everyone. It may help if you are the contact person for regular updates.
- Becoming informed about your loved one’s legal rights. Your friend may not be able to do his own research about his rights now. However, you can do the research and talk to your friend about the potential benefits of a negligent security claim and about how to get started with such a case.
To learn more about what you can do if you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury after an assault or attack on someone else’s property, please download a FREE copy of our report, Negligent Security: What You Need to Know About It.