Brain injuries can be absolutely devastating and sometimes completely undetectable after an accident, in spite of how life-changing they can ultimately be. Cases related to brain injuries – especially those connected to medical mistakes – can be incredibly complex, and require working with an attorney who has specific experience in this area.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury caused by the negligence or intentional act of another person or party, contact our California brain injury attorneys today to find out how we can help.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are typically caused by a jolt or violent blow to the head which causes the brain to move inside the skull, thus damaging brain tissue. If the victim experiences brain damage, they can lose the ability to control their cognitive and physical functions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of both death and disability in the United States: In 2014 alone, more than 150 people died each day from these injuries, and close to three million related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred that were TBI-related. More than 800,000 of these victims were children, and a number of them were treated for concussions.
The most common causes of brain injuries often depend upon the age of the individual. For example, falls and violent shaking are one of the leading causes of brain injuries in young infants and toddlers. In fact, falls were not only one of the main causes, they were the leading cause; accounting for almost 50% of all TBI-related emergency room visits. For adolescents and adults, auto and motorcycle accidents are one of the leading causes of TBIs.
Perhaps what is most devastating about brain injuries is that they can seem minor or even invisible, while still inflicting significant damage, especially when it comes to, for example, cumulative injuries minors experience in contact sports, which can lead to a lifetime of physical, mental, and emotional injuries and repercussions, as well as significant treatment costs.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with brain injuries include:
- Confusion/cognitive issues – impairments related to thinking, movement, sensation
- Personality changes, such as increased anger or irritability
- Vision problems
- Behavioral issues – problems with emotional functioning
They can not only directly affect the victims, but their families as well, particularly if the victim requires lifelong care and experiences significant emotional issues as a result of the injury.
Contact Our California Brain Injury Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a brain injury, you are not alone. There are a number of professionals dedicated to ensuring that you receive what you need in order to continue with your life and move forward. Contact our experienced California brain injury attorneys today to find out how we can help.