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Woman sues for damages after head injury

Injuries, sickness or medical problems can create many problems for Virginia residents, especially when they are unexpected and not planned for. Some problems, such as a head or brain injury, can be even worse than others, however. In the case of many brain injuries, symptoms can be debilitating and the injury may require extensive treatment or necessitate long-term care. When a brain injury results from the actions of another person, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover the compensation needed to cover medical expenses and other damages.

An empolyee of Princeton Community Homecare is now suing both a co-worker and the company after suffering a head injury while at work. According to the woman's claims, she was hit in the back of the head by a co-worker while she was sitting at her desk. She asserts that the blow caused her severe injuries that resulted in significant medical costs. A specific amount of damages is not currently stated. The woman argues that the co-worker and her employer created an unsafe working environment, which resulted in the injury.

Although the story of this incident does not provide much detail about the injuries suffered by the woman, it is not implausible that severe injuries could have resulted from a blow to the head. Many people suffer head trauma and brain injuries after car accidents, minor falls, bicycle crashes, and collisions during a sporting event. In many cases, a brain injury can go diagnosed for a period of time if symptoms are not recognized. Failure to receive timely treatment or have a brain injury properly diagnosed can worsen the problem and cause long-term damage.

Brain injuries can especially traumatic for victims and their families because they frequently result in memory loss, personality changes and loss of independence. It is not uncommon for people who suffer a brain injury to undergo lengthy rehabilitation simply in an effort to regain the skills lost as a result of the injury. When a person is unable to work due to the head injury, the loss of income-especially when combined with long-term medical expenses-can put quite a burden on the injured person and his or her family. In many cases, filing a lawsuit against the responsible party can be one of the only ways to reach financial stability. Success in this type of lawsuit will first require proving the liability of the defendant and then identification and quantification of damages.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Woman blames employer, co-worker for head injury," Matt Russell, July 2, 2014

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