COVID-19 greatly impacted families across the country. However, even with the virus somewhat under control, some people report lingering health effects long after recovering from the primary symptoms of the virus. Evidence gathered from new studies suggests that some who previously contracted COVID-19 may be experiencing neurological damage.
The attorneys at the Hampton, Virginia-based Brain Injury Law Center are well-versed in brain injury litigation. We are national leaders in personal injury lawsuits and are very skilled in litigating brain injuries. We can help identify which parties may be liable for COVID-19 injuries and negotiate for the ideal compensation amount.
Contact the Brain Injury Law Center online or by calling (757) 244-7000 to speak to one of our helpful associates. We are standing by to help you begin the litigation process and help you achieve justice.
How Can COVID-19 Cause Brain Damage and Neurological Damage?
Common symptoms that indicate the presence of the COVID-19 virus are the loss of taste and loss of smell. These are minor effects on the nervous system. However, others who contract COVID-19 may experience much more prevalent symptoms that indicate an even greater and more serious effect on the nervous system.
The American Medical Association (AMA) identified more serious COVID-19 neurological symptoms as:
- Memory loss
- Persistent headache
- Extreme difficulty concentrating or brain fog
- Swelling of the brain
One study from the University of Basel demonstrates how these persisting neurological symptoms are tied to the COVID-19 virus. In controlled study groups of people who had sustained long-term COVID-19 symptoms, researchers found that overly aggressive autoimmune reactions were linked to inflammatory responses that spilled over from the brain into the nervous system.
In short, as a result of such a powerful autoimmune response, antibodies designed to protect the body, began targeting the body’s own cells–causing neurological damage in some cases. Traumatic brain injuries may cause long-term injuries that are very similar to those caused by COVID-19. A brain injury attorney may be able to help you sue for damages and hold responsible parties accountable if you have sustained a brain injury after COVID-19.
Who Is Liable in a COVID-19 Lawsuit?
Holding responsible parties liable for your injuries in a COVID-19 lawsuit can be incredibly difficult. That is why it is important to trust your case to a law firm experienced in litigating complicated matters. As we learn more about COVID-19 and its long-term effects, more avenues for recovery may become available. Currently, it may be possible to sue schools and workplaces for COVID-19 exposure if they failed to enforce safety protocols, or failed to provide adequate time away from the classroom or office.
If you have been repeatedly affected by COVID-19 because your employer failed to:
- Utilize proper safety protocol
- Failed to properly isolate those who tested positive for COVID from those who tested negative
- Failed to provide adequate paid sick leave
If your employer placed you at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic and you were repeatedly affected, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages. An attorney can help determine if you have a case for damages.
It is important to note that several Virginia laws have been passed that limit the type of COVID lawsuits that may be brought. The purpose of these laws was to limit the liability of doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals during the pandemic. A lawyer who is familiar with these restrictions can help you determine if you have a case.
How Can a Brain Injury Attorney Help You Recover for Neurological Damage After COVID?
Lawsuits concerning the long-term effects of COVID-19 are brand new territory. However, any type of traumatic brain injury must be taken seriously and all facts and circumstances must be considered. Talking with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney may be beneficial to you. An attorney will be able to help you determine if you have cause to bring a lawsuit for damages.
There are different types of damages that you may qualify for, depending on your case. Economic damages refer to financial losses experienced or will experience in the future because of your injury.
Economic damages in a head injury lawsuit may include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future earning capacity and future wages
- Compensation for medical bills and medical treatments
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Compensation for any ongoing therapies or medical treatments
Punitive damages may also be awarded by the court if the facts and circumstances surrounding your case are truly heinous. Punitive damages are meant to punish the offending party for particularly outlandish behavior and discourage others from acting in the same manner.
A settlement for a brain injury can help drastically improve your quality of life after you have experienced any kind of brain injury. Funds will give you the peace of mind and the opportunity to heal.
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer
The lawyers at the Brain Injury Law Center will work for you to achieve the best possible result for your case. We know that a settlement for damages is vital for you and for your family. We have achieved remarkable results for our clients including a $10 million dollar settlement for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury during a car accident.
Lawsuits concerning the lasting physical effects of COVID-19 are very new. However, the lawyers at the Brain Injury Law Center have handled brain injury cases for many years and will be able to help you through the legal process. Contact the lawyers at the Brain Injury Law Center online or by calling our office at (757) 244-7000. We are standing by to fight for you.