Across Florida and the rest of the U.S., approximately 25 percent of women and 14 percent of men have been physically assaulted by their partners. These attacks often include blows to the head that can lead to traumatic brain injuries. Memory loss, confusion, headaches and difficulty concentrating can arise among victims of TBIs. New research published in the journal Family & Community Health revealed that about 60 percent of domestic assault survivors could have traumatic brain injuries.

While one blow to the head could inflict brain damage, the likelihood of lifelong neurological damage rises with repeated attacks. Disabilities can result from these head injuries. One trauma consultant likened the condition of domestic violence victims to NFL athletes who suffered TBIs. Another expert in brain injuries among football players said that many abuse victims could have chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This condition has been linked to mood disorders and even suicide.

People attacked by their partners do not always seek immediate medical attention. Years later when neurological symptoms emerge, linking the brain damage to previous assaults can be difficult.

A person suffering from the debilitating effects of a brain injury might need care for long-term disabilities. If negligent actions like an assault or a car accident caused by a reckless driver inflicted the brain damage, then the victim may be able to get compensation through a civil lawsuit. An attorney could assemble the evidence of negligence and combine this information with medical records that explain the person’s disabilities. After filing a lawsuit, an attorney could negotiate for a settlement with the necessary insurance company or seek a judgment in court.