Southern California Brain Injury Attorneys
Overview of Traumatic Brain Injury
Every year in America, nearly 100,000 people suffer serious brain injuries that require medical treatment and affect their ability to perform everyday activities. A person does not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed or to strike a hard object in order to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Serious brain injuries can result from falls, car accidents, sports activities, and work-related accidents. Our Orange County brain injury attorneys are well qualified to handle the legal issues surrounding any kind of trauma to the head or neck region, such as whiplash. Any of these injuries can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear, or swell.
Types of Brain Injuries: Open and Closed
There are two general types of head injuries: open and closed. An open injury means the skull has been fractured. This kind of brain injury usually results from falls or other accidents in which the head comes in direct contact with a hard surface or object. A closed head injury does not involve a fracture, but can be more serious than an open injury due to the possibility of brain swelling and the formation of dangerous blood clots inside the skull. Whether a brain injury is open or closed, the most serious of either type can cause paralysis, loss of consciousness and even death.
Warning Signs of Serious Brain Injury
Soon after an accident or injury, it may be difficult to know whether you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, especially when no visual indications of serious injury exist. Here are some things to look out for when evaluating an accident victim's potential for brain injuries:
- Confusion and difficulty remembering recent events
- Unusual tiredness or sluggishness
- Nausea and dizziness
- Severe headache
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
If any of the above symptoms are present soon after an accident or injury, the injured person should seek immediate medical attention. It is even possible to suffer from a brain injury and still feel fine. Some victims have suffered serious brain injuries in an automobile accident, yet have been able to get out of their car and direct traffic away from the scene. Therefore, if there is any question at all whether a brain injury could have occurred in an accident, it is critical to go to the nearest hospital for a thorough medical evaluation.
Common Causes of Brain Injury
Bruising of the brain is a common injury that results from automobile accidents, falls, and sport-related accidents. The force involved in such occurrences can jar the brain forward and then backward, or vice versa. The force can cause bruising in some areas and bleeding in others.
Another common effect of trauma to the brain is called "tearing." The force of a collision can cause tearing, which is similar to what happens if a block of ice were to be struck with a hammer: small cracks form, yet the block remains intact. The nerve system of the brain is usually damaged and, depending on the areas where this occurs, can cause serious impairment of bodily functions.
When the brain suffers the type of trauma described above, swelling usually occurs. The body's natural healing processes cause swelling, but the problem with swelling of the brain is that there is no room for the brain to expand. Our Orange County brain injury lawyers know that this can result in intra-cranial pressure, which can be deadly or cause severe impairment of body functions.
Medical Evaluation of Brain Injuries
Especially after a serious accident, victims of brain injuries may need financial assistance in treating the injury and in continuing with their life. Medical evaluation of the degree of an individual's impairment can have a huge impact on the level of compensation the individual will receive, from all sources. Medical evaluation will also have an impact on findings such as:
- The injured person's ability to work
- The right to receive different kinds of economic compensation
- Eligibility for protection against discrimination
- Whether independent living is possible
- What type of physical therapy might improve his/her health
Significantly, such an evaluation should include the significant changes an individual will undergo as he/she progresses through acute hospitalization, then returns to the home and community. Modern research suggests that an individual will likely experience the best possible outcome with rehabilitation that offers an interdisciplinary approach and coordinated care.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Orange County
Brain injury claims are serious matters that demand keen legal representation. If you have questions about brain injury lawsuits, contact the Southern California brain injury attorneys at Spray, Gould & Bowers LLP. We have represented the legal interests of Southern Californian's since 1925 and hold a solid reputation among attorneys and judges throughout the area. Our Southern California brain injury attorneys possess extensive industry knowledge and are committed to the in-depth research it takes to provide our clients with the best possible results.