Los Angeles Brain Injury Lawyer
Call 323-238-4683 to speak to an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer for a Free consultation if you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury. 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 victims of brain damage and their families have an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney on their side who has a deep understanding of the medical, physical, financial and psychological effects of a traumatic brain injury.
What Is A Traumatic Brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury is when an individual experiences a physical injury to the head that alters their state of consciousness, cognitive function and competency. Traumatic brain injuries can alter one’s speech, sight, thought process, capability to understand and remember new and existing information and other debilitating issues.
How Can I Be Sure I Need An Attorney For My Brain Injury Case?
If the injuries are present and there is a responsible party you should immediately contact a brain injury attorney to find out your rights. An attorney with a lot of experience dealing with traumatic brain injuries or catastrophic injuries will be your best bet.
Everything is confusing—from medical bills to the future—can an attorney help me get everything sorted out?
Having an attorney handle your case means the firm will handle every aspect of your claim. A good personal injury attorney with an experienced team we'll make sure you focus on getting better while they do all the work.
What Experience Does Your Firm Have With Brain Injury Cases?
At Bisnar Chase our team of highly skilled and experienced Brain Injury Attorneys have over 39 years of experience with a 96% success rate and have won over $300 Million for our clients. We specialize in catastrophic injuries.
Top 6 Most 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 hematoma is a collection, or clotting, of blood outside the blood vessels. It can be very serious if a hematoma occurs in the brain. The clotting can cause pressure to build inside your skull, which can cause you to lose consciousness.
- Hemorrhage: A hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding. There can be bleeding in the space around your brain, which is a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding within your brain tissue, which is an intra cerebral hemorrhage. Sub-arachnoid bleeds often cause headaches and vomiting. The severity of intra cerebral hemorrhages depends on how much bleeding there is, but over time any amount of blood can cause pressure to build.
- Concussions: A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when your brain bounces against the hard walls of your skull. Generally speaking, the loss of function associated with concussions is temporary. However, repeated concussions can eventually lead to permanent damage.
- Edema: Any brain injury can lead to edema, or swelling. Many injuries cause swelling of the surrounding tissues, but it’s more serious when it occurs in your brain. Your skull can’t stretch to accommodate the swelling, which leads to a buildup of pressure in your brain. This can cause your brain to press against your skull.
- Skull Fracture: Unlike most bones in your body, your skull doesn’t have bone marrow. This makes the skull very strong and difficult to break. A broken skull is unable to absorb the impact, making it more likely that there will also be damage to your brain.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: A diffuse axonal injury, or sheer injury, is an injury to the brain that doesn’t cause bleeding but does damage your brain cells. Though it isn’t as outwardly visible as other forms of brain injury, diffuse axonal injury is one of the most dangerous types of head injuries and can lead to permanent brain damage and even death.
The Impact of Brain Injuries on Athletes
From decades of football injuries to the now popular MMA sport, athletes have suffered serious and often catastrophic brain damage from dangerous sports. Concussions are a serious issue with most high school football teams and a growing number of students have been injured over the years. Higher standards are now in place with most athletic organizations to help prevent injuries, however with the nature of high impact sports, most are unavoidable.
Second impact concussions can be extremely dangerous and happens when you receive consecutive blows to the head in a short period of time. An example would be a football player getting two minor concussions in one week that lead to a more serious and possibly catastrophic brain injury. If the brain swells or congestion in the vessels takes place it can be life threating.
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
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can be a very scary experience. Sometimes you won't realize you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, 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
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 a brain injury. A skilled Bisnar Chase lawyer will be able to identify the aspects of your case and provide an honest recommendation on how we should move forward appropriately.
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 brain 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 brain 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 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.
Seeking Compensation For A Brain Injury
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.
Feel Comfortable With Your Attorney
Experiencing a traumatic brain injury 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 representation or lawyers.
At Bisnar Chase you become a part of our family. Our goal is to provide superior client representation in a compassionate and professional manner while making our world a safer place.
We want you to feel confident that choosing our team of experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers was the right decision.
Having the ability to speak with your attorney on a personal level about your thoughts, feelings, emotions and what you are going through is what makes a difference.
Superior Legal Representation
The team of Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys have established a 96% success rate with over $300 Million won for our clients by expert attorneys with over 39 years of experience. Becoming a part of our family, and allowing Bisnar Chase to be a part of yours is a winning combination.
Our law firm has helped catastrophically injured victims and their families obtain fair compensation for their losses and hold the at-fault parties accountable for their negligence.
For immediate assistance call 323-238-4683 and receive a Free Case Evaluation.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
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