Traumatic Brain Injury
The brain is the center of the physical, psychological, sensory, and cognitive functions that govern nearly every aspect of human existence. Any injury to the brain has the potential to drastically alter the victim’s life. If you or a member of your family has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be suffering impairments that have imposed serious limitations on your ability to function normally in society. You may find that your injury interferes with social relationships, academic ability, work performance, and the ability to perform the tasks of everyday living.
Causes of Brain Trauma
A report from the National Institute of Health states that about 50% of all traumatic brain injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents and bicycle accidents. Among the elderly, falls are the number one cause of brain injuries. A further cause of brain injury is sports, especially contact sports such as football and boxing that frequently lead to concussions. Multiple concussions have a cumulative effect on the brain.
Frequency of Brain Injuries in the United States
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.7 million TBIs occur every year, and traumatic brain injuries are a cause of 30.5% of the nation’s injury-related fatalities.
Brain injuries vary significantly in severity, ranging from mild concussions to subdural hematomas or diffuse axonal injuries, which involve bleeding, tearing, and swelling. The worst brain injuries can cause coma, persistent vegetative states, and death.
About three-quarters of all traumatic brain injuries are concussions. Although the victim may appear to recover, serious long term effects may result. Aside from the immediate effects of a traumatic brain injury, medical science is learning that the damage done to the brain in a relatively mild injury can negatively affect the victim’s cognitive reserve. Cognitive reserve is the brain’s ability to cope with and function adequately and protects us from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and future brain disorders.
Brain Injuries Caused by Negligence
Many brain injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, including negligent driving, failure to keep premises in a safe condition, failure of a construction company to adhere to safe practices, an omission, such as the failure of the NFL to inform players of the long-term effects of repeated concussions, or product liability, such as defective tires that cause accidents or sports helmets that fail to offer adequate head protection to prevent injuries that lead to memory loss and other symptoms.
Recovering Compensation for a Brain Injury: the Right Lawyer
When your head injury can be attributed to another person’s negligent or wrongful act, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party. This generally requires that you hire a highly experienced personal injury attorney who has experience in high value catastrophic injury cases. If you have suffered a milder head injury, make sure that your attorney is familiar with cutting-edge research into the potential long-term consequence of brain injuries and the effects they can have on your brain’s cognitive reserve.
In traumatic brain injury cases, damages are often extensive and costs of care may be extremely high and long-term. It is therefore important to choose a personal injury lawyer with the knowledge and resources to fight for a settlement or verdict that will ensure that you or your injured family member will receive medical care, occupational and psychological therapy, and care and support for as long as it is needed.
Free Brain Injury Consultation
At the Singleton Law Firm in San Diego, our attorneys understand the immediate effects and long-term repercussions of a traumatic brain injury. We are deeply committed to assisting anyone who has suffered one of these serious injuries in obtaining a fair recovery that is adequate to cover all present and future financial and quality-of-life damages. We have the resources and the passion to fight an unrelenting battle with the insurance companies, which typically launch a vigorous defense in order to avoid high payouts for such devastating injuries.
Call today to set a time to speak with one of our experienced brain injury lawyers. The consultation is free, and we take cases on contingency, so if we don’t win money for you, you pay nothing.