A traumatic brain injury can alter your life and that of your family’s in an instant. Some brain injuries, like a minor concussion, heal quickly and don’t leave any persistent symptoms. Other brain injuries may lead to long recovery periods, lifelong health problems, and enormous healthcare costs. If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another party, it is recommended that you speak with a Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyer to assist you in filing a personal injury claim to obtain compensation.
Lerner and Rowe’s team of Los Angeles personal injury attorneys and legal staff supported by a nationwide staff with more than 240 years of combined experience in seeking compensation, accident victims are entitled to for pain, suffering, and other damages. Contact us today 310-INJURED to get started on your free case consultation.
How Do Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when there is a blow to the head. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the top causes of traumatic brain injuries are car accidents and slip and fall accidents. Along with those, Los Angeles traumatic brain injuries can happen due to:
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
The degree of damage from a TBI varies from injury to injury. Although some TBI victims recover within a few days, more severe cases might result in death or irreversible brain damage. TBI comes in a variety of forms and severity levels, including:
- Concussions: the most common type of TBI, concussions usually have mild symptoms that last up to 21 days.
- Moderate: injuries characterized by a loss of consciousness lasting more than 30 minutes but less than a day.
- Severe: victims are unconscious for more than a day after the accident. MRI and CT scans show changes and damage to the brain.
- Uncomplicated: no changes or damage to the brain regardless of severity of injury.
- Complicated: medical imaging shows brain changes, mainly bleeding.
- Closed: occurs when an external force strikes the head suddenly but without penetrating the skull, leading to brain swelling.
- Open: caused by an object penetrating the skull such as a bullet or knife.
- Nontraumatic: also called anoxic brain injuries, these occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen.
The severity of your injuries will determine how it affects you. Mild TBIs often have less severe, temporary symptoms. On the other hand, moderate to severe TBIs entail more concerning symptoms and may result in either temporary or permanent disability. Symptoms of TBIs can include:
- Problems with speech
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
The same symptoms of a mild TBI can be present in a moderate traumatic brain injury and can also include:
- Weakness/numbness in fingers or toes
- Loss of balance/coordination
- Irritability, agitation, or restlessness
Meanwhile, moderate to severe TBI may result in permanent damage. Any of the following symptoms might manifest depending on whatever areas of the brain are affected:
- Chronic seizures
- Chronic vertigo
- Permanent blood vessel damage
- Severe infections
- Chronic headaches
- Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
- Paralysis of facial muscles/numbness of the face
- Altered senses
- Memory, learning, and communication problems
- Risky behavior and permanent mood changes
Get emergency medical attention if you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, particularly after suffering a head injury. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the proper medical imaging test like MRIs, which can help with an accurate diagnosis, may not have been performed immediately after the accident.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help After a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can review the details of your case and determine if you have the grounds to file a claim.
Next, your attorney can establish the connection between the other person’s actions and your injury to prove fault. Along with proving fault, your attorney will then review the facts of your case to determine if you are owed damages or compensation.
Ultimately, your Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyer can help you recover damages for the following:
- Past and future medical expenses, including medication, tests, hospitalization, surgery, and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages that you’ve already incurred, as well as future lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact a Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
A Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyer from Lerner and Rowe is here to help you get your life back on track after suffering injuries due to the negligent actions of another. Our team of personal injury lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions, provide top-notch legal services, and to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
The Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe have a proven track record of winning results. Thanks to our “no win, no fee” policy, you won’t pay unless we win your case. To get started on your free consultation today, call 310-INJURED or contact us now through our website’s LiveChat feature.