Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorneys
Traumatic brain injuries are referred to as "catastrophic injuries" because they are often permanent and life changing and have a tremendous impact on the lives of victims and their families.
These injuries are also often caused by another person's negligence or fault. They may occur as the result of auto accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or neglect, slip-and-fall incidents, product defects, workplace accidents, acts of violence or even medical negligence.
It is important that brain injury victims and their families have a brain injury attorney on their side who has a deep understanding of the medical, physical, financial and psychological effects of a traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
First, it is important to understand just how common brain injuries are. According to the most recent data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries suffered in the United States each year. Approximately 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths involve a traumatic brain injury. Almost half a million children aged 0 to 14 years visit the emergency room each year for treatment of a traumatic brain injury. Adults aged 75 years or older have the highest rates of brain injuries resulting in hospitalization or death.
How Negligence Can Result in a Brain Injury
There are many different ways in which the negligence of an individual or an entity can result in catastrophic injuries such as brain injury. Examples of negligent behavior that can result in a traumatic brain injury include:
- Careless or reckless driving: The CDC reports that approximately 17.3 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur as the result of motor vehicle accidents. Many head and brain injuries occur in Los Angeles car accidents each year. As is true for all types of injury accidents, the negligent party can be held accountable for the victim’s losses. There are several important questions that must be asked in these cases. Was the at-fault driver exceeding the speed limit? Was the negligent driver drinking, fatigued, distracted or otherwise reckless? Did the driver run a red light or make a turn without properly yielding the right of way?
- Negligent property management: Some head injuries occur as the result of slip-and-fall accidents. In fact, the CDC reports that 35.2 percent of all TBIs occur as the result of falls. When a slip-and-fall accident results in a head injury, there are a few questions that must be asked. Did a hazardous condition on the property cause the slip-and-fall accident? Was the property owner or manager aware of the condition and failed to fix it? In such cases, a premises liability claim can hold the at-fault property owner accountable for the injuries that occurred in the fall.
- Defective products: The manufacturer of a defective product can be held liable for the injuries suffered by the consumer. If a car crashes because of a defective floor mat or tire, for example, the manufacturer of the car can be included in the lawsuit.
- Acts of violence: The CDC also reports that 10 percent of brain injuries are caused by acts of violence. While an act of violence can result in criminal charges, it will not automatically result in financial compensation for the victim. In order to hold a the wrongdoer financially responsible for the injuries suffered in an assault, the victim's family will have to file an injury claim in civil court.
Compensation for Brain Injury Victims
Brain injuries can be extremely costly to treat. Victims end up spending a long time in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Many victims also need nursing care. The cost in such cases can add up to millions of dollars over a person's lifetime. Other losses such as the victim's inability to work or provide for his or her family must also be taken into consideration while filing an injury claim. Brain injury victims can seek compensation for damages including but not limited to medical expenses, rehabilitation, loss of earnings, lost future income, loss of life's enjoyment, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
The experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyers at our law firm have helped catastrophically injured victims and their families obtain fair compensation for their losses and hold the at-fault parties accountable for their negligence. Call 323-238-4683 to discuss your case or request a free case review.
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