The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that about 1.5 million Americans suffer from brain injuries each year. Brain injuries are considered catastrophic injuries due to their highly damaging and long-term effects. A brain injury may occur for many different reasons, but head trauma caused by negligence is one of the most common causes. When another person’s negligence ultimately causes someone to suffer a brain injury, the victim may be entitled to financial compensation for their losses. To build a strong brain injury claim, partner with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Team, LLP, is a Los Angeles law firm with extensive experience helping clients who have suffered a brain injury. Our brain injury lawyers understand how difficult and overwhelming it can be for victims and their loved ones to recover from the injury while navigating the California claims process. Our knowledgeable legal team will provide you with the trusted legal counsel you deserve as we help you build your claim. We look forward to providing you with the dedicated representation needed to pursue the damages you are owed.
Common Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can result in a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. It is essential to be aware of these symptoms so that victims can seek necessary medical care for their injuries. Some common symptoms of brain injuries include:
- Persistent headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble with speech
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Loss of balance or dizziness
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Foul taste in the mouth
- Changes in the sense of smell
Cognitive or Mental Symptoms
- Loss of consciousness
- State of feeling dazed and confused
- Memory problems
- Comprehension problems
- Concentration problems
- Mood swings/irritability
- Behavioral issues
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
- Changes in sleep schedule or insomnia
- Sleeping in excess
If you have experienced any brain injury symptoms, you should seek proper medical attention as soon as possible.
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What Are Common Causes of Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries are highly damaging to victims and often leave them with life-altering symptoms, such as the inability to speak or walk. Many of these symptoms develop over time. When another person acts negligently, their actions could cause someone to suffer a brain injury. Some common causes of brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Being struck by an object
- Being struck against an object
- Work-related injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be owed financial compensation for your losses. A seasoned brain injury lawyer may be able to help you build a strong brain injury claim, and you can pursue the financial compensation you may be owed.
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What Damages Can You Collect after a Brain Injury?
When a person suffers from a brain injury, the result may be life-altering. Not only is the recovery process from a brain injury typically long, but it is also highly costly for the victim and their family. To receive the compensation you are owed, you will need to file a brain injury claim in pursuit of the following damages:
These may include surgical costs, medications, extended hospital stays, at-home medical care, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical equipment, ongoing medical care, or any other medical-related cost that you or your family has had to pay as a result of your injury.
Brain injury victims may not be able to work while they recover, and they might not be able to work ever again. As a result, they should be compensated for all past, present, and future pay that they will not receive due to their injury.
Lost Earning Potential
If a brain injury has left a victim disabled, the victim may no longer be able to advance in their career or perform the duties of their current position. This may result in an inability to earn more money in the future.
Pain and Suffering
Victims of brain injuries may have to adjust to entirely new ways of living, resulting in a decrease in their quality of life. Brain injury victims should be compensated for all pain and suffering that they have endured.
If you are not sure whether you qualify for damages, a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer may be able to help determine your damages and build your claim.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries:
TBIs are categorized based on severity – which is determined by various factors. The factors include, inter alia, whether a loss of consciousness occurred, if there was a loss of memory following the injury, and whether brain abnormalities show up on diagnostic imaging test results.
Mild TBI – aka Concussion – the most common type of TBI – includes symptoms of feeling dazed, confused or having brief periods of a loss of consciousness. The brain injury is categorized as mild because it is not life-threatening and the symptoms last far less than with more severe brain injuries.
Moderate TBI – this is categorized by a loss of consciousness for anywhere between 30 minutes to a full day. Symptoms of confusion, dizziness, etc. are ongoing for one week or more.
Severe TBI – is categorized by a loss of consciousness for one day or more and changes in imaging such as head CT scans or brain MRIs show relatively soon after the traumatic force or impact has occurred.
Other characterizations of TBIs include whether they are complicated (bleeding or changes in the brain show up on imaging results) vs noncomplicated (imaging results are normal), or open (when there is a penetration into the head and brain) vs closed (the impact causes a blow or jolt to the head but does not penetrate the skull).
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Treatment and Recovery:
There is a long list of possible symptoms of brain injuries. This is not surprising when you understand that the brain manages the multitude of functions of our entire bodies. Depending on what part of the brain is injured, and to what degree, different symptoms arise afterward. These symptoms include mood changes, headaches, memory deficits, changes in sleep patterns, blurry vision, dizziness, seizures, difficulty with remembering words or names, confusion, vomiting, slurred speech, and depression.
Just as no two people are the same, neither are two injuries. Each TBI has its own specific characterizations, symptoms, and effects on the injured person. This means that the treatment needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the person. Recovery from an injury to the brain has to be individualized and monitored throughout the course of treatment.
Depending on the symptoms, a person suffering from a TBI would benefit from neurological treatment, neuroradiological review of imaging, neuropsychological treatment, neuropsychiatric treatment, vision therapy, and cognitive therapy. The first step would be to see a neurologist, determine the type of brain injury and follow the doctor’s orders.
Brain Injuries in Litigation:
Proving that someone has suffered from a TBI can be difficult. There is no one right way to do it.TBIs do not commonly manifest themselves in a person’s appearance while out in the world. It requires getting to know your client and your client’s life very well. The right experts are necessary to convey to a jury what a brain injury is, how it came about, and the physical effects it has had, and will continue to have, on your client. It is important to involve loved ones in the process to better understand how the TBI has changed your client and what struggles she or he has faced since the injury.
Why Should You Hire a Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorney?
Whenever you need an important job done, it is best to hire a professional. The same should apply to a brain injury claim. A brain injury lawyer will not only help you build a strong claim, but they will also provide you with the professional service needed to help you and your family through this difficult time. Some benefits of working with a brain injury attorney include:
- Prompt communications.
- Knowledge of the claims process and the California legal system.
- Ability to help you stay on top of important deadlines.
- Help gather the necessary documents and evidence for your claim.
- Extensive experience handling Los Angeles brain injury claims.
- Trusted legal counsel.
- Dedicated representation.
- Personalized service.
You should trust a skilled legal team to provide you with the top-of-the-line service that you deserve. An injury attorney may be able to help you pursue the financial compensation you are owed for your losses.
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A traumatic brain injury can leave a victim on a long road to recovery. It can be highly overwhelming and challenging for victims to navigate the claims process when they are already going through so much. If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury due to another person’s negligence, partner with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who may be able to help you with your claim.
Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Team, LLP, has a team of skilled Los Angeles brain injury lawyers with experience helping clients build strong injury claims. We understand that our clients and their families are going through a difficult time, and that is why we are proud to provide them with the award-winning service they deserve. To set up a free consultation, contact us here or call (310) 844-9696.