Westminster Brain Injury Lawyer
The experienced Westminster Brain Injury Lawyers at the law firm of Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of providing quality legal representation to catastrophically injured victims and their families.
Brain injuries can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families. Many head injuries leave victims with long-lasting, negative health effects that can have a significant impact on their quality of life.
There are many instances in which a brain injury is the direct result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. For 40 years our Westminster brain injury attorneys have been winning millions in compensation for injuries caused by a third party's carelessness.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Westminster call us at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is when the brain suffers trauma from an external mechanical force. It can lead to permanent or temporary impairment of physical, cognitive and psychosocial functions. It can also result in a diminished or altered state of consciousness. Victims who have suffered a TBI probably lost consciousness following the incident that caused it. They often struggle to remember what happened immediately before and after the accident. TBI patients take baby steps in terms of recovery. However, very often, they never make a complete recovery.
Brain Injury Symptoms
The human brain is an incredibly complex organ. A TBI can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some symptoms may appear right away while others may manifest over days or even weeks.
Victims of a mild brain injury may:
- Lose consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- Feel dazed, confused and disorientated
- Suffer from memory or concentration problems
- Struggle with headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea or vomiting
- Have high sensitivity to light or sound
- Feel depressed, anxious, on edge, fatigued or prone to mood changes
Moderate to severe brain injury symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness for minutes or hours
- Profound confusion
- Slurred speech
- Combativeness, agitation and odd behavior
- Inability to wake from sleep
- Numbness and weakness in the extremities
- A loss of coordination
- Repeated vomiting, nausea, convulsions, seizures
- Dilation of one or both of the pupils
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Brain Injury Statistics
Everyday in the United States, we see individuals suffer traumatic brain injuries as a result of incidents such as auto accidents, falls and gun violence. In such cases, a skilled Westminster brain injury lawyer may be able to help the victim pursue financial compensation for their tremendous losses and hold the at-fault parties accountable.
According to statistics provided by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year.
- TBI is a contributing factor in 30.5 percent of all injury-related fatalities.
- Nearly half a million visits to emergency rooms for brain injuries each year are made by children between the ages of 1 and 14.
- Elderly adults 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.
Brain Injury Costs
There are many costs related to brain injuries. Immediate costs include emergency room costs, diagnostic tests, surgery and hospitalization. Victims also may need to spend several months in the hospital followed by time at a rehabilitation facility where they may have undergo physical, speech and even occupational therapy. Victims of severe brain injuries may incur even more losses.
Many TBI victims may never return to work and may require round-the-clock assistance. The future costs associated with a brain injury can be challenging to calculate. In such cases, non-economic losses such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium and emotional distress must also be considered while filing a claim.
Liability for Brain Injuries in Westminster
Depending upon how the incident that caused the injury occurred, financial compensation may be available for the victim's losses. If the injury occurred as the result of a car accident, the at-fault driver can be held accountable. The victim will have to prove that the car driver's negligence or wrongdoing contributed to the incident. If the head trauma occurred in a slip-and-fall accident, the property owner or manager may be held accountable for the incident. The victim will have to prove that the incident resulted from a hazardous condition and that the property owner was aware of the conditions and failed to fix it.
There are many potential causes of brain injury accidents and a number of potentially liable.
Typical Causes for Head Injuries
A traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden blow to the skull occurs. Depending on how harsh of the blow, brain cells can be temporary or in more extreme case scenarios permanatley damaged.
Reoccurring causes of traumatic head injuries can include:
Auto accidents: People who experience a head injury in a car accident could have possibly hit their head on the steering wheel, windshield or may have experienced whiplash from the sudden movement. Car wrecks is one of the most dominant causes for head injuries in the United States.
Slip and falls: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 20%-30% of head injuries are sustained from a slip, trips and falls. The medical treatment needed for a slip and fall injury can amount to almost $40,000 dollars.
Athletic accidents: One of the most popularized causes of brain injuries are sports. Many of those who suffer from sport-related brain injuries are young adults as well. Although shocking, the reality of brain trauma indicates that the average age for victims of sport-related injuries is 14 years old.
Consulting a Westminster Attorney
Since 1978, the Westminster Brain Injury Lawyers of Bisnar Chase has been passionately fighting for the rights of injury victims. We understand that medical bills and treatment can get costly and we believe that you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.
Many head trauma patients become immobile and lose out for a future income for their household. With our legal representation we can win you not only the money need to recover from your accident but also to support your family.
Contact the Westminster brain injury attorneys of Bisnar Chase and receive a free case analysis on your traumatic head injury case.
Call 949-203-3814 today.