A traumatic brain injury occurs when the head receives a blow, or when an object penetrates the skull, causing brain damage. The symptoms of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of the brain damage. A car accident, a fall or being struck in the head by an object can cause a traumatic brain injury. Falls and car accidents are leading causes of traumatic brain injuries.
Some closed head injuries and traumatic brain injuries require surgery to repair ruptured blood vessels as well as extensive physical therapy. In many cases, the victim of a traumatic injury accident may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the costs of medical care, therapy and ongoing treatment for the years ahead.
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury in Southern California caused by another’s fault or disregard for safety, turn to Santa Barbara attorney Steven R. Andrade for guidance. Mr. Andrade is an experienced personal injury lawyer who has assisted thousands of clients. The legal team at Andrade Law Offices will work with financial planners to determine the full costs of your brain injury and prepare a claim that reflects those costs.
Let a knowledgeable traumatic brain injury lawyer at Andrade Law Offices assist you and explain your legal options for seeking compensation.
Anyone may sustain a TBI, but people of certain ages are more susceptible to brain injuries.
Those most at risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury include:
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading causes of TBI are:
After any collision or a fall in which you hit your head, you should go to the doctor for a thorough examination. Inform the doctor that you have been in a car accident or had a fall.
Your head may show no outward signs of bleeding or injury, yet your brain may be bruised or shaken or injured. You may have a concussion, which is one form of brain injury. It is critically important to have a trained medical professional evaluate your injury immediately.
Brain injuries are divided into two basic categories: closed head injuries and open head injuries.
Doctors describe a concussion as a mild type of traumatic brain injury because concussions are typically not life-threatening. But any injury to the brain is serious. The symptoms of mild TBI include:
A person with a concussion may lose consciousness briefly or remain conscious but feel dazed. A CAT scan may or may not detect a concussion. It is important after a mild brain injury to get plenty of sleep and avoid doing any activity that could cause another head injury. It may take months for a concussion to heal.
A person who has a concussion may develop post-concussion syndrome, involving symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, irritability, and difficulty thinking and paying attention and memory problems. The Mayo Clinic states that the risk of developing post-concussion syndrome increases as you get older, and women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.
A person may have a closed head injury with severe traumatic head injury involving contusions or tears of nerve tissue and swelling of brain tissue.
The impact of a high-speed car collision is more likely to result in a penetrating or open head injury, in which the skull is cracked and brain tissue is penetrated by bone fragments, if you are not wearing a seat belt. When a vehicle travelling at high speed stops suddenly, an individual’s head is tossed violently, causing the brain to collide with the hard interior of the skull, tearing blood vessels and bruising brain tissue.
Traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic injuries that often require extensive treatment. You may be out of work for an extended period of time or be unable to handle the physical demands of your former job.
After a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury, the personal injury attorney who you select to represent you can make a significant difference in protecting your interests. Santa Barbara attorney Steven R. Andrade has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients throughout Southern California and received membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum in recognition of his exemplary work on behalf of clients.
Contact the legal team at Andrade Law Offices for a free case evaluation. You will not owe any fee for our services until we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.
Brain Injury Association of America