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California Brain Injury Lawyers for Children

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If your child has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, please contact the experienced California head injury attorneys at Bisnar Chase.

We have represented injured children in recent cases. For example, our attorneys obtained a $5 million settlement for a California teenager who suffered catastrophic brain injuries after being struck by a vehicle at a dangerous intersection while riding his bike. We understand the physical, emotional and financial impacts in such cases and are here to help you pursue fair and full compensation for your child's significant losses.

According to the CDC, for every one child that dies there are 25 hospitalizations, 925 emergency room visits and thousands of doctor office visits. Brain injuries to children are most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, suffocation, falls and drowning. Falls are the number one cause of serious brain injury accidents followed second by motor vehicle crashes.

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Injury: #1 Killer of Children in the US.(infographic)

Brain Injuries to Children

There is a common misconception that kids are "made of rubber" and can't get seriously hurt, but that is far from true as serious brain trauma can occur at anytime. Children are susceptible to serious injuries -- especially traumatic brains injuries. The most common cause of minor head injury in children and adolescents are falls, motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, sports-related trauma, and child abuse. With proper precautions, many of these head injuries can be avoided..

Children are among that segment of the U.S. population that is the most susceptible to traumatic brain injuries. Among children, brain injuries are one of the most frequent causes of death and disability. Children may be left with lifelong disabilities as a result of these traumatic injuries.

They may need rehabilitation, medical equipment and even 24/7 nursing care, which can all add up to millions of dollars over the child's lifetime. The biggest concern that parents have is to ensure that their dependent or disabled children are taken care of after they are gone. If your child has suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, it is important that you explore your legal rights and options by contacting an experienced head injury attorney.

Child Brain Injury Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the two age groups that are at greatest risk for TBI are 0 to 4 and 15 to 19.

Each year:

  • Approximately 62,000 children 0 to 19 years of age require hospitalization after suffering a brain injury in a car accident, fall, sporting accident, an act of violence or some other traumatic event.
  • About 564,000 children visit the emergency room to obtain treatment for a TBI.
  • TBI results in an estimated 2,685 deaths, 37,000 hospitalizations and 435,000 emergency department visits for children ages 0 to 14 each year.
  • Falls are the leading cause of TBI for children.
  • Listen to podcasts from the CDC on injury prevention

Brain Injury Symptoms

The brain is an incredibly complex organ. Depending on the site of the injury and the nature of the brain damage, injured victims can experience a range of symptoms. Furthermore, it is often difficult to predict if victims will suffer from their impairments for the rest of their lives or if the symptoms will improve with proper treatment. Each case is different, but some young victims of brain injuries are never able to fully recover.

Physical impairments: Children who sustain a head injury can suffer speech, vision and hearing impairments. Many young brain injury victims suffer from headaches, loss of motor functions, issues with spasticity of muscles, paralysis, seizures, balance issues and fatigue.

Cognitive issues: The location and severity of the trauma often affects the degree to which the victim will suffer from cognitive impairments. While some victims suffer only temporary mental issues, others face a lifetime of challenges. Examples of cognitive impairment include short-term memory loss, shorter attention spans, perception issues, struggles with communication, and difficulties writing, reading, concentrating and planning.

Emotional impairments: The emotional impairments that can result from a brain injury may surface shortly after the accident or hours, days or weeks later. Common emotional impairments suffered by young victims of head injuries include mood swings, anxiety, depression, restlessness, lack of motivation, lowered self-esteem, self-centeredness and difficulty controlling emotions.

Recovering from a Brain Injury

One of the major differences between brain injuries suffered by children and adults is the way in which their brains recover. It is a common misconception that the developing brain of a child is better suited to recover from trauma compared to the adult brain. In reality, a brain injury can have a more devastating impact on a child because it has a serious impact on the child's growth and development. Children who sustain serious TBIs may experience delayed effects such as cognitive impairments that only become apparent as the child ages. Many young TBI victims struggle to learn and think while others develop social issues that make it challenging for them to have a normal life.

Financial Impact on Families

If your child has sustained a brain injury, your financial situation could change drastically. Immediately following the accident, you may be facing expenses related to emergency room visits, diagnostic tests, hospitalization, medical devices, medications and surgical procedures. In the months and years to follow, rehabilitative therapy may be needed to help your child cope with physical and mental challenges. Some victims require round-the-clock care in the long term, or possibly, for the rest of their lives. Health insurance plans may not cover all of these expenses.

Seeking Compensation

When brain injuries are caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, injured victims can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. Examples of potentially liable parties in child brain injury cases include:

  • Negligent drivers
  • Doctors or hospitals that fail to provide reasonable care
  • Manufacturers of defective products such as automobiles or child safety seats
  • Negligent property owners
  • Perpetrators of violent crimes
  • A governmental agency that allowed a dangerous condition to exist on public property

Injured victims in such cases can compensation from at-fault parties for damages including medical expenses; lost wages for parents or caregivers who have to take time off work or quit their jobs to care for the injured child; hospitalization and rehabilitation costs; pain and suffering; loss of life's enjoyment; lost future income; cost of long-term care; and emotional distress.

Contact our brain injury lawyers for immediate help. 949-203-3814


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Types of Head Injuries

  • Concussions: This is when an individual suffers a blow to the head and experiences an instant loss of awareness or alertness. Some victims of concussions may lose consciousness for seconds, minutes or even hours. Recent studies show that those who suffer more than one concussion, especially as a result of sports injuries, may face long-term consequences such as victims of more severe traumatic brain injuries.
  • Skull fractures: A skull fracture is a break or crack in the skull bone. Individuals may suffer a linear skull fracture (a break that does not result in bone movement), depressed skull fracture (part of the skull is sunken in from the trauma), a diastatic skull fracture (breaks along the suture lines in the skull) or basilar skull fracture (break in the bone from the base of the skull).
  • Intracranial hematoma: This is when the victim suffers a blood clot in or around the brain. Depending on the type of hematoma injury, the victim may experience minor to life-threatening symptoms.
  • Diffuse axonal injury: This is when the brain is injured due to a shaking movement. Diffuse axonal injuries can occur as the result of a car crash, a fall-related accident or due to other causes such as shaken baby syndrome.
  • If you or a loved one have suffered from any of the above injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, know your rights and contact an attorney today.

Client Reviews of Bisnar Chase

“I don’t even know where to start, because I really wanted to write this recommendation even if there was no star or rating to be given! My daughter and I were in a bad car accident in 2011. She received a broke jaw, broken pelvic, broken arm, and a ruptured ear drum. I prayed to the lord while I was in ICU to guide me and send me to the right attorney that would help me and my daughter and not just look at us as a monetary opportunity. After much research I choose Bisnar Chase.
After spending 2 months in the ICU, we were in a long recovery process. Learning to walk, to eat due to wire shut for months! Back to the basic all over again… 4 years later it just came to an end! I tell you I have 2 different paralegals assisting me but Colleen Cadogan was the best I had this past year… This lady, emailed me, called me, send me words of encouragement almost every week! When I least expect it and I had a horrible day or had many questions and concerns she was there! As the paralegal doing her job, but also as a human being, a mother, a wife….just genuinely concern for my daughter and I. As the case came to a close….I will always remember the team of professionals and I would recommended Bisnar Chase to anyone….and be patient, patience”

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“After a bad accident, we were lost on how to handle the insurance agents, the paperwork involved and the claims representatives. We contacted Bisnar Chase and they took care of everything. It gave us the peace of mind we needed to heal. I am very impressed with their level of professionalism and their compassion. We definitely recommend Bisnar Chase.”

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