If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you should contact an experienced attorney right away. An injury to the skull or brain can be devastating to not just the victim of an accident, but to his or her family as well. The family dynamic can shift when parents, partners, or spouses must become caretakers.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury, also known as a “TBI,” is typically caused by a severe impact to the head or body, or penetration of the head. A TBI could be caused by any number of accidents, including blows sustained during high-impact sports such as football; a car, motorcycle, or accident with a truck; or a shooting.
Unfortunately, brain injuries happen frequently. Some researchers estimate that nearly 2 million traumatic brain injuries occur every year. Nearly one-third of these injuries are severe enough to result in a lifelong injury.
In California, more than 350,000 people have sustained brain injuries. In the United States, there are more than 5.1 million people living with disabilities caused by a traumatic brain injury.
In the United States, young men are at the highest risk of sustaining a TBI (most often in motor vehicle accidents). There are other groups who are also likely to sustain a brain injury. Infants and the elderly are prone to incurring brain injuries in falls. Unfortunately, many traumatic brain injuries result in death.
If you or a loved one is struggling to recover from a brain injury, you should contact a lawyer right away. A compassionate brain injury lawyer can help you or your loved one get much-needed medical care, communicate directly with representatives from insurance companies, conduct an investigation into the accident or incident that caused the TBI, and pursue all sources of compensation.
The lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP have years of experience helping victims of traumatic brain injuries. For a free consultation with an attorney serving Riverside and the surrounding areas, call 1 (800) 925-0723. You can also call their Riverside office directly by dialing (951) 543-9020.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms & Types
A brain injury can be a devastating, life-altering event. Also known as an intracranial injury, a traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force causes the brain to dysfunction. Many of these injuries are caused by violent blows or jolts to the head or body. An object, such as a shattered piece of skull or a bullet, can cause brain injuries by entering the brain.
Traumatic brain injuries range in severity. A mild TBI may cause brain cells to dysfunction, which could be temporary. More serious traumatic brain injuries can have lifelong consequences. A serious TBI can result in physical damage to the brain, such as bleeding, bruising, or torn tissue. Tragically, serious traumatic brain injuries may result in death.
There are several different types of accidents that lead to traumatic brain injuries. The most common causes of traumatic brain injury are falls, blows, assaults, and motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident of this nature, contact a brain injury lawyer immediately.
Top Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are several signs of a TBI. However, it can be very difficult to properly diagnose and treat a brain injury. You should consult with a doctor if you think that you or a loved one may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The signs of a traumatic brain injury include:
- MEMORY LOSS. If you or a loved one is having difficulty remembering things, and you are concerned about a possible traumatic brain injury, seek medical assistance immediately.
- COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES. A traumatic brain injury victim may lose self control or become physically aggressive. Those suffering from a TBI may also have difficulty expressing their thoughts or experience sudden-onset anger.
- SOCIAL PROBLEMS. Many people who incur a traumatic brain injury have social problems. Some people with brain injuries cannot understand simple conversations, or lose interest in interacting with others. Others may demonstrate inappropriate sexual behavior of have severely impaired social skills.
- LIMITATIONS. Some people who suffer from a TBI have trouble recognizing their own physical or mental limitations, including loss of sight or loss of hearing. If you or a loved one is struggling with accepting physical or mental limitations, and you are concerned about a traumatic brain injury, seek medical assistance immediately.
- SEIZURES. A traumatic brain injury may lead to seizures. The seizures may be temporary, or can last for a lifetime. A seizure is a significant medical event, and you should always call 911 if you witness someone having a seizure.
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms of traumatic brain injury in yourself or a loved one, it is important to seek prompt medical care. If it is possible, go to the nearest emergency room. You should also contact an experienced attorney to help you seek care and protect your rights.
Frequently Asked Brain Injury Questions
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A traumatic brain injury can be very costly. These injuries may require long-term or even lifelong medical treatment and specialized care. A TBI victim may require round-the-clock care.
A traumatic brain injury can have other consequences. A TBI may impair a victim’s ability to work for a living and care for his or her family. A TBI can also reduce a victim’s overall earning capacity, ultimately costing him or her millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime. A brain injury lawyer can play an integral role in you or your loved one’s road to recovery.
An experienced lawyer can help secure medical care for you or your loved one, and will pursue all available forms of compensation for the harm caused by a traumatic brain injury. Many traumatic brain injury victims go on to lead full, happy, and healthy lives.
Contact a personal injury lawyer at Estey & Bomberger, LLP for a free and confidential consultation today. You can call today at their Riverside office at (951) 543-9020.
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