Brain Injury Attorney
How Our Head Injury Lawyers Can Help You
You live every day secure in the knowledge that you will be able to carry out the tasks you need to; however, in the event of a traumatic brain injury, this can limit you exponentially. Many scientists argue that the size and complexity of our brains is what most distinguishes human beings from every other species of life. The brain is the center of consciousness; it is the seat of perception, sensation, reason, and emotion. Without it, you cannot live a healthy and fulfilled life.
Doctors typically divide traumatic brain injuries into the following types:
- Closed head injury: These kinds of injuries don’t penetrate the skull, but they can cause injury and brain swelling. This head injury is the result of an outside force, such as a blow to the head.
- Concussion: This injury causes impairment in brain function, and they can be the result of a closed or penetrating head injury. Symptoms of a concussion include dilated pupils, trouble staying awake, slurred speech, and paranoia.
- Contusion: A contusion is a bruise or bleeding directly on the surface of the brain that’s due to a blow or jolt to the head.
- Penetrating injury: This is a type of brain injury caused by a penetrating bullet, knife, or another sharp object. You may have heard this referred to as an open head injury.
- Shaken baby syndrome: If your young child is exhibiting irritability, difficulty staying awake, seizures, poor eating, bruises, and vomiting, this may be a result of being violently shaken. If a parent or caregiver is frustrated, they may excessively shake your child, and these damages can be severe, so you should take action right away.
Traumatic brain injuries can interrupt the flow of brain signals to other parts of the body, resulting in devastating cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems.
If you were injured in an accident that left you with a brain injury, you have legal options.
Most brain injuries are the result of a bad accident. Here are some of the most common situations that can lead to brain damage.
Following the rules and remaining alert and vigilant when you drive is not always enough to prevent a car accident. The recklessness and inattention of another driver can lead to a car collision that leaves you with a traumatic brain injury.
Trucks are large and powerful machines. They dominate the highways and should be approached with caution. Anyone who drives a truck must first undergo a rigorous training and certification test. Drivers must also be properly rested before they get on the road. Driver rest periods are mandated by federal law, but some companies push their drivers to work past them. Driver fatigue is one of the most common reasons for truck accidents. If you have been severely injured in a truck accident, the truck driving company can be held liable.
Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
If you commute on a motorcycle or bicycle, then you are especially vulnerable to injury in an accident. Being hit head-on by a car, SUV, or truck can leave you with life-threatening injuries.
If you weren’t wearing any expert-approved headgear, then your brain injuries can be even more severe. Your decision not to wear a helmet can also greatly affect your claim for compensation because the other side could argue that you were being negligent. In states like California that follow contributory negligence, this can subtract from your final settlement.
Helmets are so important because they pad your brain from the impact of the pavement. If your bare head smacks against the road after colliding with a vehicle, you may suffer brain damage for the rest of your life, if you don’t pass away from your injuries. The person whose negligence led to your accident should be held accountable.
You do not go to a restaurant, bar, or club expecting danger. The proprietors of such venues should ensure that their premises are safe for patrons. A slip-and-fall can cause traumatic brain injury if you hit your head hard enough on the floor.
Dog bite injuries
Most dog owners are aware of their duty to control their pets. However, a few allow their animals to run wild, and this neglect for safety can put people in danger, especially if the dogs are running in a pack, which can cause them to act with less fear. An especially strong and aggressive animal can maul you to the point at which you can neither defend yourself or escape. If you have suffered brain injury due to such an attack, you should take legal action against the owner.
Your employer should provide you with the personal protective equipment you need to work safely in a hazardous workplace. They must also eliminate as many dangers as they can. If you have suffered a brain injury at work, then you should pursue the legal options available to you.
The Physical and Financial Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury
After an accident, you may feel fine. However, you should have yourself examined by a physician. Even if they cannot find any immediate problems, they may ask you to return regularly for a time to verify their initial diagnosis. You should also watch out for symptoms of traumatic brain injury which include:
- A persistent headache that grows increasingly worse
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping, sleeping more than usual or the inability to rouse from sleep
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Loss of coordination
- Convulsions or seizures
- Numbness or weakness in the fingers and toes
- Clear fluids that drain from the nose or ears
- Memory problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Abrupt mood swings or changes
- Profound confusion
Such symptoms will only worsen without immediate and sustained medical treatment.
The treatment itself can put you in the hospital for a long time. It can be expensive and even when you have been released from care, you may not be able to return to your job.
How a Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
Our head injury compensation lawyers specialize in these cases. Hiring a personal injury lawyer will help you get the compensation you deserve from the person or company whose recklessness, negligence, and inattention has caused you to suffer.
Your lawyer will attempt to negotiate with the people responsible for your injury. They will present the facts that led to the accident and demonstrate how their failure to be safe led to the condition you find yourself in. Traumatic brain injury attorneys have the expertise and experience to get the kind of settlement that is commensurate with all that you have had to endure.
If you have been injured in an accident, you need legal counsel for this kind of case.
Damages Recoverable from Head Injuries
You should not have to bear the enormous financial burden of such an injury. The people whose negligence, carelessness, or incompetence lead to the accident which has caused you so much pain and suffering and has brought ruin to your life should be made to pay. Working with an attorney will help you get justice.
Here are some of the damages you can recover:
- Medical expenses, which may include present and future bills
- Expenses associated with assisted-living facilities and long-term treatment plans
- Lost wages and lost future earnings
- Property damage
If you have suffered a severe head injury, your finances will not be the only thing thrown into upheaval. Non-economic damages are just as common as financial damages. That is why your TBI lawyer will also help you recover money for non-economic damages.
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Loss of reputation
Brain Injuries Overview
What is a traumatic brain injury? A traumatic brain injury is caused by external factors that damage the brain’s structure and prevent normal functioning. Traumatic brain injuries are caused due to any type of jarring motion that can cause the brain to contact the skull in any way. Additionally, a brain injury can occur if an object manages to penetrate the skull, such as a bullet. A TBI typically occurs in these types of scenarios:
- Gets struck by an object or strikes an object
- Suffers a powerful shake
- Gets struck by an object that punctures the skull
At our law firm, we are well-versed in handling these types of TBI cases. It takes a very skilled team to know what it takes to get the compensation and justice that victims deserve, which is why it is imperative to do your due diligence when searching for a brain injury compensation law firm. You can trust that our team will handle your case with care, as we take pride in helping the victims of traumatic head injuries.
Brain Injuries From Falling
Most times when people think of slip and fall injuries, they do not often associate brain injuries with them. Instead, they typically think of broken bones, sprained ankles, and other strains; however, brain injuries can occur if you hit your head.
As for slip and fall accidents, most times, people are able to break their fall with their hands or arms to avoid any type of blow to the head. However, it is always a possibility that you can slam or knock your head on something, which can result in a serious brain injury. By slamming or knocking your head on something, it can be a serious enough blow to your head that will need immediate medical attention.
Depending on how severe your case is, there are several types of treatment for traumatic brain injuries. For example, if you sustained a mild injury, then your doctor will likely tell you to rest for some time to avoid any jolts to your head. Additionally, you will probably be given over-the-counter medicine or a prescription for a painkiller. Most mild head injuries will typically resolve within a week or a week and a half. On the other hand, severe head injuries will require intense therapies over an extended period of time. For example, someone with a traumatic brain injury will likely have to undergo occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, and more. Many times, victims of serious brain injuries may even have to undergo surgery. Whatever the case may be, you should contact our lawyers for legal advice regarding your case.