Head injuries are a very serious type of traumatic brain injury in California, and specifically in Orange County. There are around 400,000 Californians, currently living with head injuries that will require future medical care, like home equipment, medical devices, and at-home nursing care.

Each year, there are thousands of head injury hospitalizations in Irvine. Unfortunately, head injuries are one of the most common injuries associated with accidents like bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.  If another person’s negligence caused your head injuries, you have the right to hold them responsible by filing a civil lawsuit in court. Our Irvine attorneys will take care of your civil lawsuit, while you focus on your head injury medical treatments.

How could I prove a head injury?

Head injuries are sometimes difficult to prove since it is not usually visible from the outside. For example, broken bones may result in bruises or lacerations. But, head injuries may not have physical signs. That is why several different medical experts are needed to prove head injuries.

  1. After the accident, you should seek medical assistance immediately. Even if you think you have not suffered a head injury, one of the most common questions that medical providers ask is whether you lost consciousness or hit your head. Head injuries could get very complex, and should be treated right away or else it could lead to permanent effects.
  2. A couple weeks after the accident, you should start attending your medical treatment appointments, or appointments with physical therapy. Failing to attend your scheduled appointments could aggravate your injuries, and may weaken your personal injury case.
  3. A head injury may require future medical treatment. For example, some head injuries may require surgery. Neurosurgery is surgery for severe head injuries, to assist the patient with swelling or internal bleeding. 

Who is responsible for my head injury accident in Irvine?

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, and the cause of the injuries, the parties responsible for your head injury lawsuit could differ. Below are some examples of different parties that could be held responsible in a head injury lawsuit.

  • Other drivers: drivers who are driving negligently, such as bus drivers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists, could be at fault for your head injuries. When a driver fails to follow California Vehicle Code regulations, they increase the likelihood of being involved in an accident.
  • Property owners: Landowners, property tenants, and business owners could be responsible for your head injuries in the event that you were injured on another person’s property. The most common example of this is a slip and fall accident and a trip and fall accident.
  • Product manufacturers: If a defect in an object causes head injuries, a product manufacturer, product engineer, product designer, and product retailer could be held responsible under a product liability lawsuit
  • Employers: If an employee of a company caused your head injuries, you have the right to hold the employer responsible for your head injury. But, you must prove that the employee was acting within the course and scope of their employment. For example, this is most commonly seen in Uber and Lyft accidents when the rideshare driver drives negligently and causes an accident.
  • Government entities: In certain circumstances, the government entity, such as the Orange County Transportation Authority could be held responsible for head injuries. For example, if a bus driver who was employed by the Orange County Transportation Authority drove negligently, you have the right to seek recovery. 

When should I file my Irvine head injury lawsuit?

 Irvine follows California’s statute of limitations, which states that an accident victim has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for compensation. This means that whether you were injured in a slip and fall accident, bus accident, or bike accident, you must file your head injury lawsuit within 2 years. But, for claims against government entities, such as the Orange County Transportation Authority, you must file your claim within 6 months. 

What do our Irvine head injury attorneys do?

  • Evaluate your case
  • Determine the responsible parties
  • Determine the value of your case
  • File a lawsuit against the responsible parties
  • Take care of all the legal paperwork associated with your lawsuit
  • Communicate and negotiate with insurance adjusters and other parties
  • Investigate the cause of your accident 
  • Represent your case in trial

What are the signs of a head injury?

Symptoms of head injuries could vary depending on the person, but usually, general symptoms include:

  • Loss of vision
  • Inability to speak
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unable to sleep
  • Dilated pupils
  • Numbness
  • Vomiting
  • Bleeding
  • Seizures 

Could I file an insurance claim for my head injuries?

You could also file a claim with your insurance company or be negligent parties insurance company to get compensated. If you do not have an attorney, the adjusters will downplay their liability as much as possible. Keep in mind that insurance adjusters will always try to side with the insurance company so they can pay out as little as possible. 

Having a qualified head injury attorney in Irvine will help ease the process. Also, an attorney will be able to investigate the circumstances of your accident to piece together responsible and liable parties. 

What happens if the insurance company denies my claim?

After filing a claim with your insurance company, the insurance company could deny your claim, accept your claim, or partially accept your claim. If your insurance company denies your claim, you could appeal the decision. The appeals process could take a couple of months, and during this time, the insurance adjuster will need several different types of records and paperwork as proof of your expenses. Contact our attorneys today to get started on your insurance claim.

Could I receive compensation for a head injury in Irvine?

Yes, you could receive compensation for injuries suffered if it was caused by another party. The compensation you could receive is economic and non-economic damages. This includes damage to your vehicle, medical treatments, medical surgeries, emotional distress, and mental anguish. You could also recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded by the courts In cases where the negligent party acted maliciously to bring about the harm. 

Call Our Irvine Head Injury Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident that has led to head injuries, get in touch with our top-rated attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation. Our case evaluations are completely risk-free, and allow you the opportunity to get to know our top-rated and successful Irvine attorneys, while our attorneys get the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the details of your accident.