Experienced, Aggressive California Head Injury Attorneys
Head injuries can be one of the most devastating and debilitating injuries someone can experience. Head and brain injuries can cause extreme short and long-term trauma that can change the course of a victim’s life forever, and the most serious of injuries can be fatal.
There are a wide range of temporary or permanent conditions, either physically or mentally, that can create severe hardships for victims and their loved ones. Head trauma can take many different forms and be caused by many different types of incidents, such as vehicular accidents or falls. Every year in the United States, approximately 1.5 million people suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury. Because of the sporadic nature of head injuries, the severity or long-term effects may not always be immediately apparent.
Despite the commonality of head injuries, not every personal injury attorney will have the necessary expertise or skills to deal with these types of cases. With Traumatic Brain Injuries being so sporadic and causing such a wide variety of issues, the lawyer you choose to represent yourself or a loved one should have many years of experience. There are multiple nuances in these types of cases, all of which require sufficient legal and medical knowledge to determine the best possible outcome in head injury lawsuits.
The head injury lawyers at the Law Offices Samer Habbas & Associates have a thorough understanding of both the legal and medical issues surrounding brain injury lawsuits. If you or someone you care for has suffered a head injury, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego and Riverside, our attorneys represent brain injury victims across Southern California. To schedule a free consultation with one of our accident lawyers, call 949-727-9300.
What causes head injuries?
The most common cause of head injuries is negligent driving. Vehicular accidents are the number one cause of hospitalization due to Traumatic Brain Injury. Those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating their vehicle at excessive speeds, or drive in any type of reckless or negligent manner are extremely likely to severely injure themselves or others.
Additionally, there are numerous other causes of Traumatic Brain Injury. These often include workplace incidents, slips or falls particularly in elderly individuals, construction accidents, sporting injuries, or bicycle accidents.
Any injury that involves a hard impact on the head or neck region can lead to brain injuries. Even if no impact is made on the head, extreme whiplash can also cause serious head injuries. The intensity of whiplash can cause the brain to smash back and forth on the inside of the skull. This type of injury is commonly referred to as coup or contrecoup.
Symptoms of head injuries
In addition to their myriad of causes, head injuries can also result in a wide range of long and short-term symptoms. Traumatic Brain Injuries can cause the following serious health issues:
- Permanent vegetative states
- Fluid build-up
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Cognitive, speech, swallowing, communication, and other types of disorders
- Loss of motor, emotional, visual, sexual, social, or vocational functions
- Many other serious and chronic health conditions that severely diminish the quality of life
Types of head injuries
Head injuries, whether caused by negligent or intentional actions, can lead to various types of brain injuries.
Concussions: One of the more common types of brain injuries is a concussion. Common causes of concussions include automobile accidents, sporting injuries, slip and fall accidents, or physical assaults. Concussions can range in severity. The most intense can lead to temporary loss of consciousness, stomach aches, lingering fatigue, and severe headaches. Weaker concussions can create headaches and feelings of fatigue or vertigo. Because weaker concussions are hard to distinguish from other issues such as dehydration or the common cold, it is important to get a doctor’s opinion if you are experiencing any symptoms.
Anoxic Brain Injury: This head injury results when the brain is deprived of oxygen. It does not take long for such an injury to leave a lasting mark. Only a few minutes of oxygen deprivation can cause permanent damage to vital brain functions. Some causes include electric shock, drowning, suffocation, heart attacks, or exposure to carbon monoxide.
Hypoxic Brain Injury: Hypoxic brian injuries are similar to Anoxic brain injuries but only involve temporary or reduced flow of oxygen to the brain. These injuries likewise occur during drowning, suffocation, heart attack, or birthing accident. The effects are also similar: memory loss, fatigue, vertigo, diminished cognitive function, reduced motor skills and coordination, and problems with speaking. Victims of hypoxic brain injuries can recover incredibly well if they have the right healthcare strategy in place. However, if left untreated, hypoxic brain injuries can lead to permanent damage similar to anoxic brian injuries.
Diffuse Axonal Injury: Brain cells are connected together by a nerve fiber called axons. A diffuse axonal injury (DAI) occurs when these axons are torn or separated. These injuries often occur during the most violent injuries such as a severe car accident or sporting collision where the head is shaken aggressively. Brain functionality, cognitive ability, and motor skills are all diminished as a result of a DAI.
Frontal Lobe Injury: The frontal lobe is responsible for our consciousness. It regulates thought, personality, and voluntary movements. Injuries to the frontal lobe can result in memory loss, cognitive ability, mood and personality changes, and loss of emotional response. A proper diagnosis and treatment strategy is required for the individual and the family to learn how to handle the new situation.
Parietal lobe injury: The parietal lobe plays a key role integrating sensory data, depth perception, and navigation. The parietal lobe is susceptible to damage in even the most minor of head injuries. It may result in headaches, fatigue, or vertigo which makes carrying out various daily tasks such as reading, writing, or multitasking. With the right healthcare plan, relearning these daily tasks can be quick and painless. However, neglecting to take care of your head injury can result in long-term consequences.
Temporal lobe injury: The temporal lobe is responsible for managing our auditory and olfactory senses and memory functioning. Temporal lobe injuries often result from car accidents, animal attacks, physical assaults, slips and falls. Serious injury to the temporal lobe can cause hearing damage, language comprehension, or emotional instability. It may take years of therapy to restore functionality to the temporal lobe.
No matter what type of head injury you believe you have experienced, it is important to explore your legal and healthcare options. Ignoring your brain injury can result in permanent and severe damage, but speaking with a healthcare provider and personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation and treatment you deserve.
What compensation can you get from a head injury?
In most types of head injury cases, the following damages can be recovered by the victim:
- Pain and suffering: brain injuries can cause lasting emotional and physical pain which might deserve due compensation.
- Wrongful death: A serious head injury can be fatal. Grieving family members might be able to get financial support to help manage medical bills and funeral costs.
- Lost wages: Brain injuries can put victims out of work for several months or years. If you are unable to work while recovering from your brain injury, you might qualify for lost wage and earning capabilities.
- Medical Bills: Victims of head injuries should recover from any medical related expenses incurred as a result of their injury.
If you or a loved one has experienced a head injury, the head injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates will help you fight and get the compensation that you deserve.
Head Injuries and Insurance Formalities
Even mild head injuries can lead to memory and attention difficulties, not to mention high levels of stress for the victim and their families. Because of this, signing insurance forms immediately following an incident is not advisable. Unfortunately, insurance companies are aware that the period immediately following a head injury can lead to poor decision making in victims. This means that important documents are often signed during a period of unawareness or inability to understand what is being signed. Signing insurance documents without full comprehension can cause the prevention of proper compensation, including insufficient medical care or injury-related cost coverage. For these reasons, you must not let insurance companies pressure you into signing any documentation you cannot comprehend. This is why it is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you, so they can handle the insurance companies for the remainder of your accident claim.
Contact an Orange County Head Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has experienced a head injury, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The Orange County personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates can then help determine if you have a valid head injury claim.
With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego, and Riverside, our head injury lawyers represent accident victims across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.