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Head-related injuries are among the most dangerous of all accident injuries. The brain is responsible for controlling the most basic functions of life – such as breathing and keeping your heart beating. A person can quickly find themselves in a life-threatening situation after a severe head injury.
Even those brain injuries that do not put a victim in immediate danger can cause permanent damage. A head-injury victim may be left unable to work, enjoy their hobbies, walk, even or feed themselves. Injury victims are entitled to compensation for these devastating losses.
The California head injury attorneys at Arash Law help all head injury victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We know how to get insurance companies to pay up and will do everything we can to ensure that you get the compensation to which you are entitled under California law. Call us today to learn how we can help you.
TBIs Are Common in a Head Injury
The CDC reports there were nearly a quarter of a million hospitalizations for TBIs in 2018. In 2019, traumatic brain injuries caused a total of 60,611 deaths. This fact means that hundreds of thousands of individuals suffer serious – and costly – injuries every year.
They often have expensive medical bills and lose wages while they are unable to work. The law requires a negligent individual or company to pay compensation for the injuries they cause. It is essential for victims to protect this legal right to compensation – especially when they have costly injuries that could last for a lifetime.
Why All Head-Injuries Require Immediate Medical Attention
Even if you do not think you have suffered injuries, it is still critically important to get medical attention after an accident that has resulted in a blow to any part of your head. Many injuries do not show symptoms right away. If your brain is bleeding slowly, it might take hours – or even days – for the blood loss to result in noticeable symptoms.
If your brain lacks oxygen for even a short time, you might be able to function normally immediately after the accident, even though your brain has sustained damage. It is not possible to detect brain damage with the naked eye. This potential for injury is why victims must see a medical professional.
A doctor not only has the training and experience to recognize brain injuries, but they also have access to imaging equipment that allows them to identify the area of injury and assess the extent of the damage. There is a short window of time to diagnose and treat a brain injury.
Many injuries quickly become life-threatening if they are not treated right away. Others will cause further damage or damage that is irreversible if they are left untreated. Seeing a doctor immediately after an accident will give you the best possible prognosis for your injuries.
Common Symptoms of Brain Injuries After An Accident
Brain injuries can cause a variety of symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following symptoms can be signs of a brain injury:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Changes in the ability to smell
- Sensitivity to light or sound
In addition to these physical symptoms, a brain injury victim might also have cognitive, behavioral, or mental symptoms. These can include:
- Losing consciousness
- Feeling dazed, confused or disoriented
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sleeping more than usual
- Problems with speech
In the case of a moderate or severe brain injury, the victim might experience additional symptoms:
- Varying states of consciousness
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Dilated pupils
- Fluids draining from the nose
- Sleep problems
- Numbness or weakness in extremities and digits
- Problems with coordination
- Intense confusion
- Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
A person who shows any of these severe symptoms should go to the emergency department right away. They can all be signs of life-threatening conditions.
The Long Term Effects on the Brain After a Head Injury
The defendant’s insurance company might try to tell you that your head injury wasn’t “that bad.” They might reason that your concussion cleared up in a few days, so the value of your pain and suffering is limited. These arguments are just a ploy to get you to settle for less than you deserve. The fact is that even a minor concussion is the result of trauma to the brain.
You do not know what lasting effects your head injury could cause. It is important not to let the defendant’s insurance company pressure you into taking a lowball settlement offer. Let your brain accidents lawyer thoroughly investigate your case so that you know what it is worth.
Common Types of Brain-related Head Injuries
There are many different ways the brain can be injured. Many different things can happen to the brain when subjected to trauma, and these have different effects on the brain. Learn more about the different types of injuries that can happen inside the brain:
Contusion and Edema
A brain “contusion” is simply a bruise. Like other bruises, a brain contusion is the result of a broken blood vessel. These injuries are not generally a problem when the blood pools inside the abdominal cavity or other body parts. But when blood pools in the brain, it can interfere with normal functioning and cause serious symptoms to develop.
A contusion can also result in edema. Edema is swelling, and this, too, is dangerous in the brain. The brain does not have very much room to swell within the skull. Coupled with the fact that swelling can also impair normal brain functions, and edema can be a life-threatening situation, as well.
A hematoma is a blood clot. There are many ways that trauma can lead to a blood clot. If, for example, a clot had formed elsewhere in your body, the force of an accident could cause it to break loose and move to the brain. A blood clot in the brain can cause a stroke.
Hematomas can also be the result of improper medication management by a doctor or pharmacist. Regardless of how a blood clot gets to the brain, it can quickly create a life-threatening situation once it is there. This risk is yet another reason to seek medical attention after any blow to the head – even if you do not feel hurt at first.
A hemorrhage is bleeding that quickly leads to severe blood loss. If it is not stopped right away, a hemorrhage can cause a victim to bleed out and die within minutes. Hemorrhages are even more dangerous in the brain: in addition to massive blood loss, doctors must also fight against the damage done to the brain when blood pools inside.
Medical staff usually have an incredibly short window – sometimes just minutes – to stop a brain hemorrhage before the patient dies. If a brain injury victim sees a doctor right after the accident, the physician may be able to slow the bleeding before it develops into a hemorrhage. This kind of treatment drastically increases the odds of survival for the accident victim.
The Causes of Brain Injuries After Head Trauma
So how do brain injuries occur? There are many ways the body can suffer trauma. Here are some of the most common accidents our California head injury lawyers see:
Slip and Fall Accidents
A person can slip and fall almost anywhere. Whether you are in your home, a store, or at a public venue (like a park or sports arena), some hazards can cause you to lose your balance. Sometimes this is related to the weather (like ice and snow). Sometimes, it occurs because a store owner neglected their premises.
A common slip and fall accident occurs in the produce section of a grocery store: the staff fails to clean up squished produce, and an unsuspecting customer slips on it to end up with serious injuries. Regardless of where your slip and fall accident occurred, it may be possible to hold the property owner financially responsible for your injuries. Consult with a head-injury lawyer in California about your unique circumstances.
There are many dangers on a construction site. Blasting, heavy machinery, cranes lowering materials overhead, unsteady scaffolding, and other dangers lead to an incredibly high accident rate on construction sites. Construction workers are generally entitled to workers’ compensation insurance coverage for injuries they sustain while on the job.
If you are injured while passing by a construction site, you can hold the construction company liable for failing to maintain a safe worksite. Regardless of how your brain sustains an injury on a construction site, it is important to hold negligent construction companies accountable for dangerous conditions and protect future victims from suffering preventable injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 3,606 fatalities on the roads of California in 2019. That is just under ten deaths every day. Many of these deaths are the result of brain damage. While it is possible to survive an amputation or injuries to the bones or soft tissue, the brain is simply too delicate to sustain much damage.
Thousands of additional individuals are injured in car accidents every year. Car accidents can result in minor brain damage, such as a concussion that resolves on its own after a few days. They can also cause moderate brain damage that leaves lasting effects or severe and permanent brain damage.
The most serious car accidents result in brain death. Regardless of how minor or severe the brain injury is, the accident victim is entitled to compensation for their injuries. Surviving family members are entitled to file a wrongful death claim if the victim succumbs to their injuries.
Medical errors are responsible for thousands of injuries every year. There are many ways that your brain could be injured due to a medical provider’s negligence:
- Medical staff might not monitor your oxygen levels properly
- Your team may not provide oxygen
- The EMTs taking you to the hospital could injury you en route
- A pharmacist could fill the wrong medication or a dangerous dosage
Medical facilities are liable for the negligence of their medical staff. It is important to hold negligent providers accountable for the injuries they cause so that other innocent patients do not suffer preventable brain injuries.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Sadly, the most vulnerable Californians can be at risk from the very people who are supposed to care for them. Nursing home residents are often physically limited and unable to care for all their needs. This fact is why they must have assisted care.
But if a nursing home neglects its patient, they might suffer brain injuries from falls, medication errors, or other avoidable accidents. There are even some staff members who physically abuse residents. Abuse, too, can cause brain injuries.
Nursing home neglect and abuse are treated very seriously in the criminal court. We expect that our loved ones receive adequate treatment from those charged with caring for them. When they are not, it is important to expose any wrongdoing and hold these facilities financially responsible for the injuries they cause.
Experienced California Head Injury Attorneys to Fight for You
You could spend hours searching online for “head injury attorneys near me,” but you have already found the best injury law firm in California. At Arash Law, our skilled accident lawyers have decades of experience. Our legal team has collected over 200 million dollars for clients throughout California.
We serve clients in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Sherman Oaks, and throughout the state. Clients across the Golden State trust Arash Law to protect their important legal rights. We will fight hard for you, too. Call (888) 488-1391 today to schedule your free consultation. Don’t delay: the sooner you have an experienced California head injury attorney with a proven track record on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be.
Table of Contents
- Head Injury Attorneys with a Proven Track-Record
- TBIs Are Common After Head Injuries
- Why All Head-related Injuries Require Immediate Medical Attention
- Common Symptoms of Brain Injuries
- The Long Term Effects of a Brain Injury
- Common Types of Brain Injuries
- The Causes of Head Injuries
- Experienced Head Injury Attorneys to Fight for You