Traumatic brain injuries can have life-altering consequences for both victims and their families. If you or your loved one has suffered traumatic brain injury through someone else’s negligence, contact Hanson & Mouri in Riverside, CA today. We can help you pursue the compensation you will need on the road to recovery.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain. It can be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head, or by a penetrating head injury, such as a bullet wound. Older adults and children have a higher risk of sustaining traumatic brain injuries. The following are common types of TBIs:
Also known as a mild TBI, concussion may involve most symptoms of brain injury, including headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, memory problems and confusion.
An external force causes your brain to hit the inside of your skull repeatedly, damaging multiple areas of the brain. For instance, when a severe whiplash injury occurs from a motor vehicle crash, your head is thrown violently backward into the headrest and then forward towards the steering wheel. The strength of the impact can cause the brain to move forward and hit the skull, then rebound and strike the back.
One of the most severe types of TBI, which occurs when the brain is shaken or twisted, causing the cerebral tissue to slide back and forth until connecting fibers (axons) tear. The severity of symptoms can depend upon how large the tear is.
Collection of blood outside of blood vessels, which can be life-threatening if not treated immediately. There are three types of brain hematomas:
In some cases, hematomas do not develop for several days or weeks following a head injury.
Although these above common types of TBI are described individually, TBI victims are more likely to have a combination of injuries.
As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of traumatic brain injury can last for days, weeks, or longer. TBI symptoms fall into four different categories:
Depending on the extent of damage to the brain, symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild cases may result in a brief change in mental state or consciousness. Severe cases may result in extended periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death.
After a TBI, it is common for victims to have the following cognitive issues:
Difficulty or unable to focus, pay attention, or attend to more than one thing at a time. Which can result in:
Problems processing and understanding information that can mean:
Difficulty understanding and expression information, for instance:
This involves trouble learning and remembering:
Brain injury victims may lack self-awareness and self-control, which may result in inappropriate or impulsive behavior, such as:
How much a person will improve cognitively following a brain injury isn’t easy to predict, since there are various factors that can impact their recovery.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
A brain injury can have the following devastating long lasting effects:
Brain injuries can make it difficult to accomplish routine daily activities. Victims may suffer long-term physical effects, such as headaches, seizures, cranial nerve damage, loss of balance, speech problems, difficulty swallowing, paralysis, and more. Some of these effects can disappear after several years, but they can prevent victims from having a normal lifestyle.
The brain and the spinal cord form the central nervous system. Therefore, any brain damage can result in sensory problems that will vary based upon the part of the brain that is impacted. A stroke is one example of a common sensory disorder.
The behavioral challenges associated with a brain injury can impact a victim’s social life, as a result of increased agitation, combativeness, irritability, stress disorders, impulsivity, and severe mood changes.
As previously discussed, cognitive challenges can lead to long-term issues with memory, paying attention and carrying out everyday tasks, planning, goal setting, organizing, making rational decisions, etc. As a result, victims often require the frequent assistance of other people.
Severe traumatic brain injuries may require extensive medical treatment and time away from work. They can also cause anxiety and emotional distress for victims and their families. As a result, the lives of victims and their loved ones are altered by the injury for either an extended period of time or permanently. Seeking proper compensation is vital.
If the negligence of another has caused you or your loved one to suffer severe TBI, you need an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner. Without one, you run the risk of settling for far less than is necessary to ensure financial stability and overall lifelong security. Our dedicated brain injury and Riverside car accident attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.
There is no exact answer for determining how much a brain injury case is worth, as each case is unique. Even if two cases seem identical on the surface, they can be settled for totally different amounts. If your injury is permanent, or if you are unable to resume a similar lifestyle to the one you lead prior to the accident, your case could be worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. The value of your case, specifically, can be determined with the assistance of a skilled attorney. There are a number of factors they will take into account, such as:
Careful documentation is necessary to pursue a successful settlement offer. For example, injured victims should always keep a diary or notes about their pain, symptoms, and recovery.
The following damages can be pursued in a traumatic brain injury claim:
Including any initial emergency room or hospital stays, prescription medications, lab work, imaging tests or any other medical expenses directly related to your injury.
You can claim any income you lost from being unable to work while recovering.
If the TBI left you or a loved one unable to return to work or forced to take a lower-paying job, compensation may be available for this loss. An economic expert may estimate the likely lost income over the victim’s lifetime, and your attorney can include this information in a demand for compensation.
Brain injury symptoms may last for years or the rest of your life. Future anticipated medical costs can be considered when estimating medical expenses, as well as a caregiver if you need one.
Compensation for the pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other negative impacts the injury had on your life.
Any other injury-related expenses incurred, such as transportation to medical appointments, property damage, etc.
After severe traumatic brain injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, it is critical to get a tough legal advocate on your side. Call Hanson & Mouri in Riverside today for compassionate, experienced legal representation.