LOS ANGELES BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEY
Brain injuries can change people’s lives forever. Whether the victim of the injury themself or their families and loved ones, brain injuries can be very painful and difficult to deal with, often well into the future after the initial occurrence of the injury. Our brains are essential for everything we do and every system in our bodies. A brain injury can cause debilitating, and often permanent, issues that range from emotional problems to physical disabilities.
All too often, those who have suffered from a brain injury, no matter what form it takes, experience significant and debilitating problems. From initial treatment to surgeries, rehabilitation, and sadly for many, lifelong problems, a brain injury can negatively affect the victim’s life well into the future.
What is a Brain Injury and How Does One Occur?
Brain injuries can occur in several different manners, and the symptoms and ongoing defects can vary greatly depending on the location and type of injury. For example damage to the frontal lobe of the brain can lead to a dramatic change in social behavior. Whereas damage to the temporal lobes could present as difficulty learning new information or memory impairment.
There are two primary forms that a brain injury can take; traumatic brain injuries and acquired brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by some sort of trauma or forceful blow to the head. This causes the brain to impact the sides of the skull. Car accidents, slip and falls, sports injuries and assaults are some of the primary causes of traumatic brain injuries.
An acquired brain injury is caused not by the application of force, but by other issues such as a disease, oxygen deprivation, or a stroke. Usually, acquired brain injuries are caused by a condition of the body rather than an act of negligence on someone else’s part. However, an acquired brain injury can occur at the hands of someone else, such as oxygen deprivation by drowning caused by a driver operating a boat under the influence of alcohol.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a traumatic brain injury occurs about once every 15 seconds and is the leading cause of death for people aged 45 and younger. Some several different incidents and events can cause a brain injury. Some of the most common include:
- Auto accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports injuries
- ATV accidents
- Exposure to toxic gases
- Explosions or blasts
- Rollover car crashes
Traumatic brain injuries are the number one cause of disability and death in American amongst young adults and children. According to the CDC, approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer from a TBI annually, with 50,000 deaths and 80,000 to 90,000 experiencing long-term disabilities.
Despite these incredibly high numbers of people living with the consequences of a traumatic brain injury, the problem is significantly less recognized by the public than one would think. Many of those who have experienced a TBI doesn’t have physically obvious disabilities. Cognitive and emotional problems such as behavioral changes, issues regulating emotions, memory loss, and other cognitive impairments are extremely common following a TBI. These issues, along with physical problems, can make it very difficult for an individual to go about their day to day lives.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
As mentioned above, depending on the location and severity of brain trauma, symptoms can vary greatly. Impaction of different areas of the brain leads to a wide array of symptoms and consequent ongoing problems. Often, immediately following an injury, more common symptoms may include:
- Tinnitus (ringing noise in the ears)
- Problems dealing with light, loud noises, smells, or tastes.
Numerous long-term symptoms may persist following the initial incident, often for years or the rest of the individual’s life. These include:
- Emotional changes
- Loss of sex drive
- Sleep problems
- Memory loss
- Learning difficulties
- Physical problems such as an inability to walk, or weakness in one side of the body.
The long-term consequences of a brain injury can seriously impact all aspects of a patient’s life. Often, dealing with these new problems can lead to drug and alcohol use, which is further exacerbated by the fact that brain damage can lead to impulsive decision-making. Changes in an individual’s behaviors and personality can also cause extreme amounts of stress and emotional trauma for families and loved ones.
Due to the significant impact of brain injuries on an individual’s life, treatment and rehabilitation are often extensive and very expensive. First off, a brain injury will usually require an emergency hospital visit to deal with the initial impact and swelling. Surgery may also be required. Following initial treatment, the patient may have to endure painful or stressful rehabilitation, as well as taking on-going prescribed medications. Often, rehabilitation can require the patient to entirely relearn everyday tasks, such as how to walk. It’s not uncommon for brain injury patients to need round-the-clock care for a significant period following the accident, if not for the rest of their lives.
Who Takes Legal Responsibility for a Brain Injury?
If the brain injury was caused in any way by the negligence of another person, they may be legally responsible for the damages sustained in the accident. Any negligent behavior that causes brain injury in another individual is likely to render the person who caused the accident liable. For example, an unmarked workplace hazard that led to an employee slipping and falling, or a drunk driver who caused a car accident, would likely be held liable.
For anyone who has experienced a brain injury caused by the negligence of another, their lives will likely have been impacted in some way. For those who eventually recover fully, even the initial costs associated with treatment can be exorbitantly expensive. For anyone who experiences long-term issues from a brain injury, expenses can be detrimental. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for long-term problems from a brain injury can make it impossible for the sufferer to work, or even care for themselves.
A professional attorney will be able to ensure that anyone who has suffered from a brain injury caused by someone else received the proper compensation. This compensation can come in many forms and is often necessary to cover the expenses associated with living with a brain injury. Compensation may include recovery for the following damages:
- Lost wages caused by an inability to work. Whether wages are lost during the initial treatment or recovery period, or for the remainder of the individual’s life. All too often, those who have suffered a very serious brain injury are never able to properly resume a career.
- Medical expenses, as brain injuries are incredibly expensive to treat, particularly if they require multiple surgeries or long-term rehabilitation. The costs of treatment can quickly add up, sometimes totaling millions of dollars. Such expenses are almost always impossible for the patient to pay without compensation.
- Children or spouses of a brain injury patient can claim damages related to loss of companionship, where their loved one is unable to live a normal life or operate within the household.
- Physical problems such as a disability that prevents the patient from living a normal life or providing for themselves on a day-to-day basis can have a huge impact on the amount of compensation received in the settlement.
- Mental or emotional problems are also a problem for many patients and require compensation. Personality changes or other mental issues can prevent a patient from enjoying life, leading a normal life, or can even cause them to be more susceptible to risky situations.
Compensation for a brain injury is absolutely necessary and very important for a sufferer and their family. Without a professional lawyer to represent them and ensure the appropriate compensation is received, expenses can have a profound impact on their life. An experienced attorney will know how to navigate damages and ensure their client gets the compensation they rightfully deserve.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorney
For anyone who has suffered a brain injury, it’s important to immediately contact a professional brain injury attorney. The Los Angeles brain injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates can then help determine if you have a valid claim and help you recover the damages you are rightfully owed. With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego, and Riverside, our brain 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.