Yorba Linda Brain Injury Lawyer
According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. A traumatic brain injury is a blow or bump to the head that affects the normal function of the brain. Not all head injuries result in brain injuries, but many seemingly minor incidents can result in brain injuries. There are many causes of brain injuries and a number of potentially liable parties. A skilled Yorba Linda brain injury lawyer can help you understand how the accident occurred and who can be held accountable for your injuries and losses.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
The CDC compiled statistics from across the country to determine the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to their research, the most common causes of brain injuries include:
- Falls: Falling accidents are the cause of 35.2 percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States. Falls are the cause of 50 percent of TBIs for children under the age of 15 and 61 percent of all TBIs from adults aged 65 years or older. When a falling accident results in a TBI, it must be determined how the fall occurred. Was the injury the result of a slip-and-fall accident? In such cases, it must be determined if the property owner failed to post signage warning pedestrians or visitors regarding the hazardous conditions.
- Car Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents account for 17.3 percent of all TBIs making it the second leading cause of brain injuries. Additionally, car accidents are the leading cause of fatal TBIs. Whenever a brain injury results from a Yorba Linda car accident, it must be determined if the at-fault driver was negligent at the time of the crash. Drivers who are speeding, distracted, fatigued, drunk or otherwise careless can be held accountable for the catastrophic injuries they cause.
- Struck-By Accidents: The third most common cause of brain injuries involves victims being struck by or against a moving or stationary object. This type of incident is the second leading cause of TBI among children aged 0 to 14 years.
- Physical Assaults: Assaults are to blame for 10 percent of TBIs. When someone is attacked, the assailant will likely face criminal charges. It is important to understand, however, that a criminal conviction will not result in financial compensation for the victim's monetary losses. The victim or the victim’s family can file a personal injury claim against the attacker to receive financial support for their losses.
Who is Most at Risk for a TBI?
Young children and elderly adults are the most at risk of suffering a brain injury in an accident. Approximately 18 percent of all TBI-related visits to the hospital involve children aged 0 to 4 years. TBI-related hospitalizations involve seniors aged 75 and older 22 percent of the time. Men are the victims of brain injury accidents 59 percent of the time.
Determining a TBI
It is very important that you do not ingnore a serious head injury. Sometimes symptoms of brain injury do not show up right away. A bump on the head could be just a bump on the head or it could be much more serious. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms you have such as pain, loss of memory and or cognitive skills, nausea, depression to name a few.
Rights of Brain Injury Victims
Depending on the extent of the injuries, a brain injury can result in a multitude of losses. Victims may incur emergency room and hospitalization expenses, lost wages and even a loss of earning potential. Some victims may never again return to work, and victims of severe brain injuries may require round-the-clock assistance to perform basic functions. The financial, emotional and physical losses suffered in brain injury accidents are difficult to calculate.
An experienced and skilled Yorba Linda brain injury lawyer at Bisnar | Chse can help you pursue fair compensation for your losses. If the incident resulted from someone else's negligence, then, he or she should be held accountable for your injuries, damages and losses. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, please call us for a free, no-obligation case consultation.