If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic head injury, contact a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer immediately. Head Los Angeles injury victims are often left with permanent disabilities that have a tremendous impact on their lives or families.
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Los Angeles Brain Injury Resources
What Is A Traumatic Brain injury?
A TBI (traumatic brain injury) occurs when a person experiences an abrupt and strong blow or jolt to the head.
A serious head injury can also alter an accident victim’s state of consciousness, cognitive function, and competency. Brain injuries can change one’s speech, sight, thought process, their capability to understand and remember new and existing information, and cause other debilitating issues.
Statistics show that in the United States, over 2.8 million traumatic brain injury cases were documented in just one year.
Brain injuries can range from being minor to catastrophic. In some cases, people who suffer a bump to the skull can walk away without any serious effects. The severity of the injury depends on the amount of force the skull had sustained in the incident.
Typical Victims of a Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury
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Experiencing a traumatic head or brain injury (TBI) can be very, well, traumatic. In more severe cases where permanent disabilities have occurred, individuals have had a tendency to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable in public, around friends, families, strangers and even their own therapists, doctors and legal representatives.
Below are some of the common causes and victims of brain injuries.
- Motor vehicle accident victims: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes were one of the top causes of traumatic head injuries. In the United States, there were 383,293 people who experienced traumatic brain injuries associated with car wrecks. Motorists can endure a brain injury from banging their skull against the windshield or steering wheel, and in serious cases victims can experience TBIs after being thrown from the car by the force of a crash and hitting their head on the pavement.
- Veterans or military personnel: Data has concluded that in the military, men from the ages of 18-24 have a higher chance of suffering from a brain injury. Training and deployment are where most of these head injuries occur. When soldiers are overseas, they can face incidents that involve bombings, explosives, or grenades being thrown in a close vicinity. The aftermath of these events can leave many TBI victims with sleep disorders, irritable, suffering from memory loss, and suicidal thoughts.
- Senior Citizens: Studies reported that adults aged 75 and older have the highest risks of being involved in a traumatic brain injury incident. Slip and falls are the leading cause of traumatic head injuries. Older people fall for a variety of reasons which can include poor vision, weak joints, and slippery surfaces. If you or someone you love is older than 75, make sure to take them frequently to doctor visits to determine if they can stand or have problems walking. Also double-check their living quarters to make sure they are free from slippery floors and objects that cause them to trip.
- Athletes: Football is as one of the main sports that leave many with traumatic head injuries, but many high-impact sports carry risk. Data has proven that cycling is the sport with the largest amount of head injuries. The New York times reported that in just one year, 85,389 emergency hospital visits were due to cycling head injuries. It is strongly suggested that cyclists are to wear helmets to protect their skulls if they were to fall. Other sports with a large number of head injuries include baseball, softball and basketball.
Long Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The long term effects of a brain injury can last for years, or even a lifetime. Survivors of Southern California car collisions, motorcycle accidents or slip and falls could potentially need round the clock care for tasks such as eating, walking, and bathing.
Below are the physical, social, and emotional symptoms that brain injury victims could potentially have to experience for the rest of their lives:
Physical symptoms: People who have suffered from a serious head injury can suffer from ongoing migraines, vertigo, can have trouble with their eyesight, can be constantly exhausted, have a sensitivity to noise, and have seizures. If a person suffers from seizures after a traumatic brain injury this can be an indicator that they have developed post-traumatic epilepsy.
Economic damages and social hardships: Due to the sudden and drastic change in the brain, head injury victims may have trouble obtaining and keeping a stable income. Studies show that TBI victims who do return to work usually have frivolous spending habits. It has also been reported that head injury victims do not take pleasure in recreational or group activities. The lack of social engagement can lead to a victim feeling seriously isolated.
Emotional Symptoms: Suicide rates among people with TBIs are high. TBI-associated suicides have increased drastically over the years as well. A study conducted in Denmark demonstrated that people who have suffered from a traumatic head injury are twice as likely to commit suicide. Six months after the injury was when the risks were heightened.
Open Head Injuries vs. Closed Head Injuries
Open head wound: Open head wounds do not necessarily mean that there will be damage to the brain. The skull may be penetrated but the brain may remain unharmed. Experts at SpinalCord.com state that they can be serious but are typically not as dangerous as closed head injuries. It is strongly suggested that you do not remove an object if it is still stuck in the skull.
Closed head wound: A closed head wound can cause a large amount of damage to the brain. If a victim experiences a blow to the head, the brain can swell or bleed making it difficult to receive oxygen. Cognitive functions can be extremely affected, and the result can be a person being induced into a coma.
Southern California brain injury victims can seek compensation for damages including but not limited to medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, lost future income, loss of life’s enjoyment, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Primary & Secondary Head Injuries
Primary and secondary injuries differ on when the victim experiences the effects of the traumatic brain injury.
A primary brain injury occurs at the time of the incident. A primary TBI can involve the brain being crushed, blood vessels breaking, or parts of the brain being torn. Types of head injuries that can stem from a primary TBI can include hematomas and skull fractures.
Secondary brain injuries can develop hours or days after the incident. Over that time span, the chemicals and functions in the brain can become distorted. The first injury can lead to a series of events that would eventually restrict blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Cerebral edemas, hypoxia, and brain abbesses can form as a result of a secondary head injury.
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Common Traumatic Brain Injuries
Head injuries happen every day from sports, work, recreational, accidental or other related accidents. While some occurrences can be very rare and unique, many can be quite common.
The following list identifies the top most common brain injuries:
- Hematoma: A collection also known as clotting of blood outside the blood vessels. Hematomas in the brain can be very dangerous and even cause you to pass out.
- Hemorrhage: Uncontrolled bleeding that can happen in the brain and have very serious or life threatening consequences. Sub-arachnoid bleeds can cause headaches and vomiting. The severity depends on how much bleeding there is initially, however over time any amount of blood can cause pressure to build.
- Concussions: This type of brain injury happens when the brain bounces against the skull. Typically concussions are not life threatening, although severe cases happen. There is a greater risk when it’s a second impact syndrome concussion before the first concussion has had a chance to heal.
- Edema: Is a pressure build up in the brain. Since your skull can’t stretch, this continued swelling causes pressure and can lead to complications. Often after a serious head injury, doctors may need to relieve the pressure to release the swelling.
- Skull Fracture: Most bones in your body have bone marrow, except the skull. If you fracture the skull, chances are it can be a very serious injury in need of immediate medical care to protect the brain.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: Though it isn’t as outwardly visible as other forms of brain injuries, diffuse axonal injury is one of the most dangerous types of head injuries and can lead to permanent brain damage, lead a person to be permanently disabled, and can even be fatal.
Typical Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be a very scary experience and can cause serious cognitive issues. Sometimes you won’t realize you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) , and other times your symptoms may be severe and debilitating.
Here are some possible signs you may encounter after experiencing a blow to the head or any other type of head injury:
- Loss of consciousness
- Persistent headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of both or one pupil(s) of eye(s)
- Clear fluids draining from the nose and/or ears
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers or toes
- Loss of coordination
Other serious symptoms may include:
- Profound confusion
- Agitation, combativeness or unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
Los Angeles Brain Injury Verdicts and Settlements
Loved ones or family members of the traumatic brain injury victim often ask the question: “How much will my loved one receive in a settlement?”
Many elements are factored into determining how much compensation a head injury victim will receive. These factors include how much property, physical, emotional, and financial losses the victim has faced because of the accident.
There is not an average amount that is rewarded for a head injury claim because every client’s case is different. The Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase are experts when it comes to winning the maximum compensation for those who have experienced a brain injury due to someone else’s carelessness and recklessness.
Settlement: $16 Million/ Brain Injury Victim
Middle schooler Christopher Chang suffered a traumatic brain injury due to being struck by a van going 35-45mph. Chang was riding his bike home from school when he was suddenly hit and flew 50 feet into the intersection, according to witnesses. Previously an honor student, Chang was left with the cognitive function of a 6-year-old.
Christopher suffered a serious, closed head brain injury as well as an open tibial/fibular fracture of his left leg. He was air lifted to University Medical Center in Fresno, where he was required to spend 2 and a half months in the hospital and then 2 more months in a rehabilitation unit. Before the accident, Christopher was an intelligent and inquisitive honor roll student. After the accident, he had the verbal and visual reasoning level of a 6 year old, and was only able to take care of his personal needs with assistance and structure. He currently has severe neurological and cognitive deficits as a result of the closed head injury he sustained, and these injuries are permanent. He also continues to suffer intermittent seizures.
Settlement: $3 Million / Brain Injury Victim
While walking cautiously into traffic, Joseph Butenhoff was hit by car and ended up on the hood. Butenhoff was walking into incoming traffic to aid a neighbors dog who was struck and injured on the street. He was thrown 25 feet in the accident and was left cuts, fractures, a lung contusion and a traumatic brain injury. See full story.
How Do I Know I need a A Los Angeles TBI Lawyer?
If you have experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact a brain injury attorney to find out your rights. A head injury lawyer in Los Angeles with a lot of experience dealing with traumatic brain injuries or catastrophic injuries will be your best bet.
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