In 2014, about 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) were reported in the United States. Few injuries are as terrifying and life-altering as brain injuries. A brain injury can change a person’s life in an instant, disrupting the ability to move, work, or enjoy life.
A brain injury can be insidious. It can sometimes take months or years to become fully apparent. The effects of a brain or serious head injury can result in impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation, or emotional function. In the most serious cases, TBIs can be fatal.
Any person who has sustained a brain or head injury due to another’s carelessness is entitled to compensation for their damages.
A brain injury can have devastating effects on your quality of life. Any kind of injury accumulates medical costs. Brain or serious head injuries, however, can require long-term and even lifelong medical treatment. This is why it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney in the greater Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur in all sorts of incidents. Some of the most common include:
- Motor vehicle accidents (motorcycle, ATV, car, etc.)
- Bicycle, skateboard, roller skate, snowboard, and ski accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Work accidents
- Assaults and fights
Brain injuries can also occur from medical malpractice without physical impact. A Non-Traumatic Brain Injury (NTBI) occurs from medical events such as vascular accidents, tumors, viral infections, stroke, and also toxic and defective products.
The brain is a soft organ. If an injury happens and the brain is jostled it can knock against the hard shell of your skull. When you suffer a sudden jar or blow to the head, the brain can literally be slammed against that hard shell. The resulting damage can include:
- Over-stretching damage to the nerve fibers in deeper tissues due to a whiplash injury (diffuse axonal injury)
- Shock or pressure wave force, such as seen in veterans who survive explosions
- Displaced and penetrating fractures of the skull
The effects of a brain injury can be extensive and profoundly disabling. Even a mild brain injury can induce a headache, confusion, dizziness, sensitivity to noise or light, ringing in the ears, blurred or double vision, restlessness, and insomnia. More serious injuries may also result in:
- Physical disabilities, loss of motor control, paralysis
- Seizures and convulsions
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Speech problems
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble thinking clearly and impaired judgment
- Emotional and behavioral issues, such as depression and aggression
- Changes in personality
- Lack of hand/eye coordination
- Chronic head or neck pain
- Mood changes, like uncalled anger or sadness
- Diminished senses of hearing, taste
- Inability to find words to convey thoughts
Recovery for a brain injury victim may take years, and some are never again their “old selves.”
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.
Brain injuries can be extremely difficult emotionally, physically, and financially for victims and their families. A victim may never again be able to earn a living or work up to his or her old capabilities. Even if the victim is able to work, their TBI may trigger the need for lifelong medical care.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you should seek a personal injury attorney experienced in pursuing compensation for brain injury victims.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing the most common causes of TBI. Some leading traumatic brain injury causes include:
- Falls account for 47 percent of all TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States.
- Being struck or against an object accounted for 15 percent of all TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States.
- Motor vehicle crashes result in 14 percent of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States.
To prove a negligence claim, your attorney will have to show that your brain or head injury was caused by someone else’s negligent action or failure to act. Your attorney will fight to ensure that you win full and fair compensation for your short- and long-term needs, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
- Punitive damages
Recovery from a brain injury requires time, financial resources, and the assistance of a team of medical and rehabilitative experts. The attorneys at Larian Law Firm understand the complex medical issues brain injury victims are facing. Call us to evaluate and file a claim for your brain injury today.
Our experienced and successful personal injury attorneys can help brain injury victims to obtain the maximum possible recovery for their injuries. With decades of experience in personal injury, Larian Law Firm is well-practiced with insurance companies and injury law.
Our attorneys understand the complex legal and medical issues involved and have the skill to effectively present these issues to a jury. Call (310) 720-0505 or schedule an online appointment today.