San Bernardino Brain Injury Attorneys
Severe brain injuries can result in lifelong pain and suffering and can amount to millions of dollars in expenses. They affect not only the victim, but also family, friends, coworkers, and everyone else who knows that person. Brain injuries take a terrible toll on the victim’s ability to interact with others, process information, control emotions, provide for his or her family, and enjoy the simple things that the rest of us take for granted every day. These injuries also can take away a victim’s independence, forcing many to rely on others for the rest of their lives.
We can’t undo the damage or turn back the clock, but we can use our experience, skills, and knowledge of the law to help brain injury victims receive the care they need. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence—such as by an act of medical malpractice or a motor vehicle accident—you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party and receive compensation to cover your medical bills and other relevant expenses. Consult with a San Bernardino brain injury lawyer to protect your rights and learn about your legal options.
The San Bernardino personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates are ready to provide you with prompt, comprehensive, and personalized legal attention and secure the compensation you and your family need and deserve. As brain injury lawyers, our job is to explain the law, build an effective case, and work hard to help you receive damages in a court award or settlement in order to get the care you need.
With multiple offices located in Riverside, Anaheim, Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, and San Diego, our personal injury attorneys represent brain injury victims across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an expert San Bernardino brain injury attorney, please call 949-438-5829.
How Many People are Affected by Brain Injuries a Year?
Statistics from the Brain Injury Association of America are shocking in their scope and grim in their prognosis for brain injury victims. Around 1.4 million people in this country suffer a brain injury each year, and these injuries result in the following:
- 50,000 deaths
- 235,000 extended stays in a hospital
- Around 1.1 million victims were treated in emergency rooms and released the same day
Please bear in mind that these are broad numbers that don’t begin to tell the whole story. Every day, at least 3.17 million people live with a lifelong need for assistance to perform everyday activities, such as getting dressed, managing their affairs, and caring for themselves and their families. Even more distressing is that an estimated 40 percent of these victims are not getting the help and care they need on a regular basis.
Frequently Asked Brain Injury Questions
How much is a traumatic brain injury worth?
The median brain injury verdict in 2020 was $1,595,000 in California and $1,400,000 nationally. The amount you may be able to recover depends on the severity of the injury and the value of current and long-term medical costs, pain and suffering, disability, and other losses. Concussion mild-traumatic brain injury settlements can exceed $1,000,000, and settlements for severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can exceed $10,000,000 if the injured party has extensive life care and medical treatment needs.
However, each case is specific and the settlement depends on many different factors, including the mechanism of injury, the types of injuries sustained, the care received, and any future care that may be required.
What are the 4 types of traumatic brain injuries?
The 4 main types of traumatic brain injuries are concussions, brain contusions, penetrating brain injuries, and anoxic brain injuries.
- Concussions: A concussion is a minor brain injury caused by shaking, an impact on the head, or a sudden change in movement, such as whiplash. Concussions can cause headaches, problems with concentration, memory loss, and disorientation. Multiple concussions sustained over time can be especially dangerous.
- Brain Contusions: A brain contusion is a bruise of the brain tissue, much like one on the skin. They are caused by small blood vessels breaking and leaking. This is what causes the blue coloring on the skin. In the brain, the leaking can result in many issues that mostly relate to a build-up of pressure. Brain contusions can be caused by any impact to the head, including the head hitting the steering wheel in a car accident, the ground after slipping and falling, or in a sports-related accident. Contusions can be minor or severe. Severe contusions may cause a loss of consciousness, confusion, tiredness, emotional distress, or agitation. In extreme cases, they can cause the brain to swell and prevent proper oxygenation, among other serious consequences.
- Penetrating Brain Injuries: Penetrating brain injuries occur when an object pierces the skull. This may cause the object, hair, skin, or fragments of the skull, to make contact with the brain, and usually causes serious injury. Penetrating brain injuries typically result from cracked skulls, motor vehicle accidents, and gunshot wounds.
- Anoxic Brain Injuries: An anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain does not receive enough oxygen to operate properly. This can occur after only four to five minutes without a proper amount of oxygen. Since oxygen is carried to the brain by blood, anoxic brain damage occurs most often due to a blockage of blood flow. Blockages may be the result of a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, or serious trauma.
What are at least 5 symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury?
Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury include:
- Being bothered by light or noise
- Attention or concentration problems
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Sleeping less than usual
- Dizziness or balance problems
Is post-concussion syndrome considered a disability?
Post-concussion syndrome is defined by the group of symptoms that follow a brain injury (concussion) lasting longer than the normally expected time frame for recovery.
Mild concussions generally don’t qualify for disability benefits, but post-concussion syndrome may be considered a disability. To qualify for disability benefits for post-concussion syndrome, you must have at least one of the following two issues, and it must be medically documented.
- Be unable to control the movement of at least two of your extremities for at least three consecutive months after the injury.
- Have medically documented physical problems or limitations for at least three months post-injury in any one of the following areas:
- Thinking, understanding, remembering, etc.
- Finishing tasks
- Regulating emotions and controlling behavior
- Interacting with others
How much do insurance companies pay for concussions?
Because each case involving a concussion is unique, the average amount an insurance company will pay is impossible to accurately estimate. The amount of money that victims might hope to recover can vary widely by case and by injury.
Victims can general seek recovery of damages from the legally liable parties and their insurance companies for:
- Medical expenses, including emergency care, hospitalizations, long-term therapy, doctor visits, medication, and medical equipment.
- Non-medical expenses, such as the cost of hiring someone to help out around the house or with transportation while the victim recovers.
- Past and future lost income.
- Pain, suffering, and diminished quality of life.
Contact an Experienced San Bernardino Brain Injury Attorney
If someone’s negligence caused you or a loved one to suffer a serious brain injury, that person can be held liable for damages and you can obtain the compensation that can help defray the costs of rehabilitative and ongoing care. Pursuing these damages isn’t about getting even; it’s about justice and getting the help you need now and for the future.
Contact the San Bernardino brain injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates to explore your legal options. With multiple offices located in Riverside, Anaheim, Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, and San Diego, our brain injury lawyers represent victims across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an expert San Bernardino brain injury attorney, please call 949-438-5829.