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Brain injury victims can pursue recovery of damages

Victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents or assault can suffer catastrophic injuries. Brain injuries that cause life-altering damage can be the result of the negligence or recklessness of others. In Alaska, brain injury victims may be entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system.

When the brain is damaged, permanent or temporary functional difficulties result, and while it can limit a victim's cognitive abilities, it could even lead to death. Many brain injury victims require ongoing physical, psychological and cognitive therapy at costs that many cannot afford. The injuries may cause a victim's inability to go back to work or reduced efficiency due to brain damage may create significantly reduced earnings.

Severe brain injuries typically also affect family and friends, and while a victim has to cope with the unanticipated physical limitations, his or her emotional suffering will exacerbate the trauma. At the same time, the victim will have to deal with financial challenges brought about by the incident. While no amount of money can undo the harm that was suffered, a monetary judgment in a civil court can ease the hardship and make the adaptation to new limitations a bit easier.

Brain injury victims in Alaska may find comfort in learning that an experienced personal injury attorney can pursue damage recovery for them. Regardless of whether the reckless actions of another individual caused an auto accident, premises liability, medical malpractice or assault, negligence can be established to allow the court to determine liability. The judge will then adjudicate documented economic and noneconomic losses -- past and future -- for inclusion in a monetary judgment.

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury Lawsuit FAQs", Accessed on May 25, 2018

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