Orange County Brain Injury Attorney
Any injury to the head can have a devastating and long-lasting impact. Unfortunately, injuries to the head are the all-too-common outcome of most types of accidents. However, despite the common frequency of brain injuries, most accident victims are not aware that they have suffered a head injury after an accident. The reason is that signs and symptoms can go undetected for days or weeks, which can be dangerous since late detection results in a delay in treatment.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident resulting in a brain injury, you need the legal advice of an experienced attorney who can get you results. The Orange County brain injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of brain injury victims and working hard to get the damages that they are entitled to.
The Long-Lasting Impact of a Brain Injury After an Accident
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 5 million people struggle with some type of brain injury every day and another 1.7 million sustain a serious brain injury each year in the United States. Brain injuries claim 52,000 lives, result in 275,000 people being hospitalized and cause another 1.365 million to require treatment in an emergency room.
Any type of injury to the brain can significantly impact all aspects of your life. Even the slightest injury can leave you unable to function with daily living tasks, including going to work and making a living. This is why it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a brain injury so you can seek immediate treatment after an accident.
Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries are commonly referred to as a “silent killer” because it can take days or even weeks for the signs and symptoms to surface. It is common for accident victims not to know that they have suffered a head injury. Most accident victims may not even realize that you don’t need to strike your head in order to suffer a brain injury. An injury to the neck region or even a jolting of your head back and forth can cause the brain to bruise, blead, tear or swell – all resulting in a brain injury.
Whether or not you think you hit your head hard enough to sustain injury, if you experience these symptoms, it is important to immediately seek medical appropriate attention:
- Sudden severe headache
- Seizures with no previous history
- Weakness in your limbs
- Nausea or vomiting
- Decreased alertness
- Changes in Vision
- Tingling or numbness
- Cognitive difficulty
- Difficult swallowing
- Loss of fine motor skills, coordination or balance
- Abnormal sense of taste
- Loss of consciousness
Types of Brain Injuries
If you experience any of the above-mentioned signs or symptoms, you may have suffered a brain injury. It is important that you immediately see a neurologist to determine the exact nature and severity of the possible brain injury.
Diagnosing a brain injury is generally an extensive process that can include the necessity for MRIs, CT or PET scans, electroencephalograms (checks for abnormalities in a record of electric brain activity,) memory and cognitive tests, cranial nerve examinations, and more.
Below are some common types of brain injuries:
- Skull fractures: Not all skull fractures require the skin to be broken, which makes them challenging to detect. External signs of a skull fracture brain injury include swelling, bleeding or tenderness at the fracture site, bruising beneath the eyes, ears or from the nose.
- Brain hemorrhage: A brain hemorrhage or stroke is an internal bleeding that results from a high-force impact to the head. These types of brain injuries commonly result from motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls.
- Repetitive brain impact. Repeated blows to the head often result from involvement in sports related activities, such as American football and hockey or construction site accidents.
What Types of Accidents Commonly Cause a Brain Injury?
Any type of blow or significant injury to the head or body can result in a head injury, or specifically a traumatic brain injury. The severity of the injury depends on different factors, including but not limited to the nature of the event and the force of the impact.
Some common causes of brain injury include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Sports injuries
- ATV accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Exposure to toxic gases
If the cause of your brain injury was the result of the negligent or reckless conduct of another party, you may be entitled to compensation from that party or their insurance carrier. You should immediately consult with an experienced Orange County brain injury attorney to protect your legal rights.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is compassionate about helping brain injury victims and their loved ones get the maximum money damages they deserve. While no amount of monetary compensation will undo the harm, it can help you obtain the necessary medical assistance and gain some financial stability.
Compensation for Orange County Brain Injury for Victims
Most traumatic brain injury victims need to “relearn” many daily tasks, even the simplest task of brushing their teeth or holding a cup of water. While each brain injury case is unique, most victims are unable to go back to work, provide for their families, or regain their independence.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas understands the ramifications of a brain injury and will work relentlessly to help victims get full compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Any other out of pocket expenses related to the accident
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions by our injured brain injury clients:
- How much compensation do you get for a traumatic brain injury?
The value of any accident claim, including a traumatic brain injury case, varies depending on different factors. An experienced Orange County brain injury attorney will take every step necessary to maximize your claim.
- What are 4 types of brain injuries?
There are four main types of TBIs:
- Penetrating injuries
- Anoxic brain injuries
- Is a TBI a disability?
Social Security does consider TBI to be a disability for which you may qualify for disability benefits.
- What is the difference between traumatic brain injury and a concussion?
A concussion is a form of brain injury that involves a short loss of normal brain function following a hit to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions are generally not life threatening. However, a TBI is a more serious type of head injury that involves life-altering consequences. If you suspect you suffered any type of head injury, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical treatment.
- How long after a head injury can symptoms occur?
Depending on the severity of the head injury, it can take days or even weeks for symptoms to occur after an accident.
- When should I be concerned about a head injury?
You should see a doctor within one to two days of a significant head injury with ongoing symptoms, even if emergency care is not required.
Contact an Experienced Orange County Brain Injury Attorney
The attorneys of the Law Offices of Samer Habbas have handled and litigated thousands of cases, recovering tens of millions of dollars from all major insurance carriers. Our experienced legal team is compassionate and cares for our injured clients. We make it our personal mission to ensure that justice is served and you are fully compensated for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. Please call us at 949-873-0755 to discuss your case with an expert Orange County brain injury attorney or you can fill out our free consultation form.