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Brain Injuries

Brain Injuries can be the result of car crashes, amusement park rides, sports activities, falls, or work-related accidents. Quite often, these injuries result in bruising of the brain, tearing or swelling. They can lead to permanent disability or other problems. Brain injury lawsuits are considered personal injury lawsuits and are usually argued under negligence theories or under theories of products liability. In some cases, they may even be the result of intentional torts and be argued under assault or battery theories.

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Abusive head trauma, also known as shaken baby syndrome, is a term that no parent ever wants to hear.

Usually, when a doctor utters those words, a baby is dead or dying, and a parent is going to go to jail on charges of child abuse or murder. For years, doctors were quick to diagnose a baby with shaken baby syndrome, but now the evidence may be too inconclusive to tell for sure.

Brain Injury Lawsuits: How Much Is Your Case Worth?

Brain injuries can cause permanent physical and mental damage. Determining the value of a person's injuries can often be complicated.

Generally, damage awards in a personal injury case include two types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Punitive damages are typically reserved for cases in which a defendant's actions justify a monetary punishment as opposed to simply compensating a victim, and are generally awarded at the discretion of a judge or jury.

In most injury cases, the value of your case will largely depend on the amount of compensatory damages you are awarded. How are these damages calculated in a brain injury lawsuit?

$150M Lawsuit Over Punch at Kid Rock Concert

The family of a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being punched in the head at a 2013 Kid Rock concert has filed a $150 million lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed by 25-year-old Jason McNeil and his wife names concert promoter Live Nation, the security company responsible for crowd control at the concert, and the Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center near Buffalo, New York, as defendants in addition to the man who threw the punch, reports The Buffalo News.

What led to the man's debilitating brain injury and how might he and his family recover for his injuries?

Ex-Clemson Soccer Player Sues Over Hazing, Brain Injury

A former player for Clemson's women's soccer team has filed a lawsuit against the team's coaches and 14 members of the team, among others, claiming that she suffered a permanent brain injury during a hazing ritual.

Haley Ellen Hunt's lawsuit, filed last month in a South Carolina court, claims that as a freshman in 2011, she and other freshmen players were forced to perform "humiliating and demeaning acts" by other players, reports the New York Daily News.

How does Hunt allege the hazing caused her to suffer what ended up being a career-ending head injury?

Mom Seeks $1M for Toddler's Kiddie Ride Brain Injury

A Virginia woman has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the operators of a Maryland amusement park after one of the park's rides allegedly left her son with a serious brain injury.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court last month, Raffinee McNeill asserts her then-2-year-old son suffered a fractured skull in 2012 at Trimper's Rides and Amusements, a historic amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland. McNeill claims her son has lingering health issues as a result of the accident, and has continued to incur significant medical expenses, reports The Baltimore Sun.

What does McNeill claim happened to her son, and what will she need to prove to prevail in court?

4 Oil-Rig Workers Win $1.3M Brain-Injury Lawsuit

Four electricians who suffered severe brain injuries in a work-related accident on an oil rig have been awarded $1.375 million by a Texas court. Three companies -- Fire and Safety Specialists Inc., Noble Drilling Services Inc., and Keppel Amfels LLC -- will be footing the bill.

As reported by Harlingen, Texas' KGBT-TV, the men were working in the engine room of a drydocked oil rig when the room was flooded with carbon dioxide. The men lost consciousness and were deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes. All four later reported significant health problems stemming from the incident.

Why did the court find the three companies liable for the men's injuries?

Iraq Vet to Get $4.5M for Occupy Oakland Shooting

An Iraq vet whose skull was fractured by a projectile shot by police during an Occupy Oakland protest has agreed to receive $4.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland.

During the protest, 26-year-old Scott Olsen was hit in the head by a beanbag round fired by a police officer standing less than 30 feet away from him, The Associated Press reports.

The large settlement amount stems from a variety of factors, including the nature and severity of Olsen's injuries and the negligent training of the officers.

A Texas family is suing an indoor trampoline park after their teenage son was seriously hurt while using its trampolines.

Cosmic Jump, a business in Houston, is being sued over a head injury suffered by then 16-year-old Max Menchaca, who allegedly "fell through a hole or a rip in the trampoline canvas" and hit the concrete floor below, his lawyer told Houston's KRIV-TV.

Trampolines are often magnets for injuries, but what are the specifics of Menchaca's lawsuit?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Lead to Lawsuits

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is produced by burning fuel, including coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas, and fuel oil. It can also give rise to lawsuits in certain situations.

Coined a "silent killer," carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of accidental poisonings in our country.

Injuries that result from carbon monoxide poisoning can often be blamed on a host of parties, including manufacturers, businesses, builders, and landlords. Here's what you need to know:

A high school football player's parents are suing over their teenager's brain injuries, blaming his coaches for allegedly sanctioning a dangerous hazing ritual.

Head football coach Britton Devier and assistant coach Todd Bringman of Woodmore High School in Elmore, Ohio, are named in a suit brought by the parents of a 16-year-old student, The Associated Press reports. As a result of the alleged hazing, the teenager now suffers learning and memory problems, the lawsuit states.

Can some football practice horseplay be the source of a federal lawsuit?