March is National Brian Injury Awareness Month and is therefore a good time to remember those in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, who are suffering from the effects of a serious or even so-called "mild" brain injury.
The symptoms of any brain injury are very serious. Even a person with a mild concussion may experience speech problems, disrupted sleeping patterns and even mood swings or memory difficulties. A person with a mild injury may need costly medical treatment and may also have to take days or even weeks off of work in order to recover.
More serious brain injuries can leave a person comatose or even suffering what doctors call "brain death," which means that the person will not continue to breathe on his own without a respirator. Even if a person does eventually regain consciousness, a severe brain injury can leave a victim mentally disabled to the point of being unable to work or even function in daily life without assistance. Other permanent and serious symptoms are also possible.
It probably comes as little surprise that motorcycle accidents and other accidents involving motor vehicles are among the most common causes of brain injuries.
When these accidents are not the fault of the victim but of someone else, it is only fair that the responsible party, such as the driver who didn't check his blind spots or who was not being mindful of motorcycles when making a turn, should help pay the costs of the victim's or the family of the victim's recovery.
In this respect, victims of brain injuries related to motorcycle accidents, or their families, should remember that they have the legal option to file a lawsuit against those responsible for the accident.