Brain Injury Cases
Brain injury, which is also known as head injury, head trauma, or traumatic brain injury, affects about 1.7 million people in the United States every year. Of this number, about 52,000 die from a traumatic brain injury and an estimated 275,000 require treatment in hospitals. While brain injury may be sustained in open head injuries and closed head injuries, the most frequent type of traumatic brain injury is a closed head injury that occurs without penetration of the skull.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Your brain is made of soft tissue covered by skull for protection. When physical trauma is applied to the head such as a blow, shaking, bump or penetration of the head, the force can cause a disruption of the brain’s regular functioning.
Accidents such as falls are one of the main causes of traumatic brain injury, leading to 62,334 hospitalizations and at least 500,000 emergency department visits every year. Another major cause of brain injury is motor vehicle crashes, which is the leading cause of brain-injury related death.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Brain injury after an accident is generally assessed as mild, moderate, or severe. A concussion is a mild form of brain injury that should nevertheless be observed and not ignored. The initial assessments rarely reflect the long term consequences of the injury to the individual or the extent to which the injury may disable the injured person.
Brain injury often does not manifest all its symptoms following an accident. Moreover, each case of brain injury is unique and complicated. The effect that a head injury has on one person will depend on the portion of the brain that is injured and how much brain tissue was damaged.
Depending on the extent of the injury, a person can experience a wide range of physical, cognitive, and emotional or psychological symptoms such as:
- Blurred vision
- Persistent seizures
- Loss of muscle control and coordination
- Loss of sensation
- Sleep disturbances
- Poor concentration
- Impaired cognitive function
- Memory loss
- Impaired verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- Impaired problem solving skills
- Extreme mood swings
- Lowered self-esteem
- Sexual dysfunction
- Personality change
If you or a member of your family has sustained head or brain injury arising from an accident, it’s important to get all the medical help that you need in order to manage your symptoms. But in seeking medical intervention for your injuries, you may be financially burdened with rising medical bills, aggravated by dwindling income due to lost wages and salaries arising from your accident. Contact an experienced Los Angeles brain injury attorney to discuss your situation.
Severe cases of traumatic brain injury will entail huge and ongoing medical expenses, lost productivity, and emotional burden on your family and friends. If you slipped and fell at work or at the grocery, restaurant, or in another person’s property, it’s possible that your accident was due to someone else’s fault.
At Bedford Law Group, one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys can evaluate your case in a free initial consultation and determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your brain injury.
Proving Your Injury
When someone else has caused your injury, it can be a challenge to convince their insurer or the jury that you sustained a brain injury, particularly when symptoms do not immediately show following the accident.
The attorneys at Bedford Law Group have years of experience in brain injury cases and will work closely with experts who can assess your symptoms and establish the cause of your injury. Once we determine that you have a case, our firm will work very hard for you to receive the true value of compensation that you legally deserve. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for your past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, as well as damages for your pain and suffering.
Contact Bedford Law Group
We welcome your call today at (310) 507-7900 to arrange for your free initial consultation. We handle all injury cases and wrongful death claims on a no recovery, no fee basis.