RIVERSIDE BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEY
Brain injuries are the all-too-common outcome of most accidents. Even relatively minor trauma to the head can injure your brain and forever alter your life. Despite how common brain injuries are, most people are not aware of the signs and symptoms of this injury, especially after an accident. One of the brutal ironies of a brain injury is that many victims can walk and talk and even appear to be just fine. Symptoms can go undetected for days or even weeks, resulting in the victim’s delay in seeking treatment. As such, it is important to know the symptoms of a brain injury so you can seek treatment as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you need the legal advice of an experienced lawyer who can get you results. The Riverside accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of brain injury victims and working hard to get the damages that they are entitled to.
With multiple offices located in Riverside, Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, and San Diego, our personal injury attorneys represent victims of brain injuries across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a lawyer, please call 949-449-2703.
Brain Injuries Drastically Change Lives
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5 million Americans struggle with some type of brain injury every day and another 1.7 million sustain a serious brain injury each year. These 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.
Each brain injury is unique and impacts each victim’s life differently. Even if a brain injury victim does not require hospitalization, it is no guarantee that they won’t have serious problems that will significantly impact all aspects of their lives. The structures and networks of nerves within the brain are incredibly complex. When damaged, victims often have no idea of the effects until days, weeks, or even months after the accident when they begin experiencing problems.
Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Any injury to the head or neck region can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear or swell. You may not even immediately realize that you have suffered any damage to your brain, only to suddenly lose consciousness and die hours later. Some even call a brain injury a “silent killer” because the signs and symptoms can take days or even weeks to surface. This makes it imperative that you immediately seek medical treatment if you were involved in an accident or suffered a blow to the head.
Whether or not you think you hit your head hard enough to sustain an injury, if you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical 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
While head trauma accounts for the majority of hematomas for those under 50, it is not the only cause. Other risk factors and causes are:
- High blood pressure
- Blood vessel abnormalities
- Amyloid angiopathy
- Blood clotting or bleeding disorders
- Liver disease
- Brain tumors
Types of Brain Injuries
If you believe you have any signs or symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, you must receive treatment from a neurologist to determine the exact nature and severity of the brain injury.
Due to the numerous causes and resulting types of brain injuries, the diagnostic process is extensive and often includes 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 internal bleeding that results from a high-force impact on 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.
Common Causes of a Brain Injury
Brain injury is caused by a blow or some other traumatic injury to the head or body. The extent of damage can depend on various factors, such as 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 event that caused your traumatic brain injury was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you should immediately seek the assistance of a Riverside brain injury attorney.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates are compassionate about helping brain injury victims and their loved ones obtain the full compensation they deserve. Although no amount of monetary compensation will undo the harm, it can help you seek the necessary medical assistance and gain some financial stability.
Compensation for Riverside Brain Injury for Victims
In many traumatic brain injury cases, victims need to “relearn” how to do even the simplest tasks. While each brain injury case is unique, most victims are unable to return to work, provide for their families, or regain their independence.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates understand 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
Contact an Experienced Riverside Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it is important to discuss your case with an expert Riverside brain injury lawyer. The brain injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates have handled and litigated thousands of cases, recovering tens of millions of dollars from all major insurance carriers. Our dedicated personal injury attorneys care for our injured clients. We make it our personal mission to ensure that justice is served and you are fully compensated for your injuries.
With multiple offices located in Riverside, Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, and San Diego, our personal injury lawyers represent victims of brain injuries across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an attorney, please call 949-449-2703.