Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer (TBI)
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Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the most severe types of injuries that can occur. A TBI (also known as an intracranial injury) can happen when there are forces so extreme, that the brain is injured, sometimes severely, as a result of the colliding momentum. The damage they cause is often irreparable with many cells in the nervous system being unable to recover to their previous level of function. This often results in a permanent loss in one’s ability to move, to experience emotions & senses, and may even result in a radically different personality.
Over a million Americans suffer these types of head injuries every year with tens of thousands of victims losing their lives as a result. Millions of Americans have received head injuries so severe that they are in need of daily care just to survive.
These types of catastrophic injuries negatively impact the victim and their families on an emotional, physical, and financial level from which they may never be able to bounce back from on their own. If you have suffered from an extreme head injury and are seeking the legal representation of an experienced firm, our attorneys have handled an extensive number of traumatic brain injury cases. We can help you get the compensation that you & your family deserve for the wrongdoings suffered at the hands of another’s negligence.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
The Brain Injury Association of America classifies brain injuries into a few distinct categories. Acquired traumatic brain injuries are the first type and can occur for a variety of different reasons – impact with the head is the most common, but this is not the only cause of head injuries. Despite common belief, the brain can receive serious injuries without the head ever being collided with. Whiplash, or a sudden acceleration followed by deceleration, can cause traumatic injuries to the brain without the need for impact, and since it is a frequent happening with even minor vehicle accidents, TBI’s are a somewhat common occurrence from many different types of car crashes.
Common causes of Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Car Accidents / Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Violent Crimes (Assault and Battery)
- Being shot with a gun
- Falling objects
- Falling down a flight of stairs
- Sports accidents
Inborn traumatic brain injuries occur before birth and care caused by things such as perinatal illness or hypoxia, parental drug abuse that causes neurological damage in the fetus, fetal alcohol syndrome, and different genetic disorders.
Anoxic brain injuries are suffered when the brain is damaged from a prolonged lack of oxygen supply. This is a type of closed head injury that does need to involve the skull being impacted or penetrated to occur but can still result in life-threatening complications or death.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
With the wide range of injuries that are considered traumatic to the brain, the symptoms can vary widely depending on which type of injury was suffered. Common types of head injuries include concussion, contusion, Chiari malformations, second impact syndrome, coup-contracoup, diffuse axonal injuries, and hematomas (blood clots).
TBI symptoms can worsen or develop into something life-threatening complications when not recognized early enough, so it’s important to keep an eye out for anything that could indicate that a TBI has occurred. These are the types of symptoms that victims commonly experience after suffering from a traumatic brain injury:
- Coordination issues
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Sensitivity to light
- Mood swings and problems controlling emotions
- Loss of consciousness
- Personality changes
- Extreme irritability
- Memory loss
- Trouble concentrating
Regardless of how minor your symptoms could be, you should always seek medical treatment immediately after being involved in an accident as the injuries may be worse than they appear & may become more serious over time when left untreated. Long-term damage brought about by traumatic brain injuries can result in permanent cognitive defects, epilepsy, or even death.
With severe traumatic brain injuries, a victim can experience:
- Loss of muscle control
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Severe and unrelenting pain in the head
- Debilitating disorientation
What Are the First Things I Should do After Receiving a Head Injury?
Taking immediate action after being involved in an accident or suffering a head-related injury can make a major difference in the outcome for the victim. Symptoms can take hours or even days to start appearing with these types of injuries, so it’s always better to seek care and be safe rather than sorry. With some head injuries, second can be the difference between someone living the rest of their life in a wheelchair or even having a life at all, so the earlier care is sought, the better the outcome tends to be. These are some immediate steps to take if you or a loved one may have received a traumatic brain injury:
- Examine the head for an open wound. Cover the wound if there is one, and apply pressure to the wound with a cloth to stop the bleeding if it hasn’t already stopped.
- Have the victim hold something cold against the wound to slow the inflammation.
- Check for other common symptoms of TBI including dizziness, disorientation, confusion, nausea, general alertness, and ability to concentrate.
- If any of these symptoms are being experienced or are worsening, seek immediate medical help.
For situations where a victim may have received a neck injury, they should not be moved as this can worsen the level of their injuries.
Receiving Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury
With the lifelong disabilities that TBI victims often suffer from and the extensive level of medical treatment needed to recover, the total costs can quickly overwhelm a victim and their family. But if another party is at fault for causing the accident or circumstances which caused the injury, then a victim and their family may be entitled to recover compensation for the damages they’ve suffered. A personal injury lawsuit can help secure compensation for medical & rehabilitation costs, property damage, loss of earning capacity and income, physical pain, mental anguish, loss of affection, and possibly even punitive damages.
Get Experienced Help with Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case at Heidari Law
If you need a Traumatic Brain Injury legal team to help you build a winning case, Heidari Law has years of experience dealing with personal injury matters such as traumatic brain injury. We’ve helped our clients collect millions in compensation for their injuries across Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Sacramento. Our team of attorneys has the experience to help ease you through these stressful times. Get a free evaluation today.