Folsom Brain Injury Lawyer
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can devastate your life, resulting in upheaval for your entire family. You might no longer be able to perform the simplest of tasks, which obviously affects your ability to work and provide for your family and your ability to go about your daily activities and enjoy life to the degree that you did before the accident. While some people suffer only short-term effects after a TBI, others take months to recover due to their long-term injuries. In some cases, the victim might never regain the quality of life they enjoyed before the accident.
The last thing you need is additional stress at this difficult time, brought on by an onslaught of paperwork from doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. You need support, and our Folsom brain injury attorneys can provide you with practical and legal assistance to help you navigate the maze of red tape you are facing.
We would be happy to provide you with answers to your questions. You can reach us at (916) 921-6400. You can also contact our law firm online to schedule a free initial consultation. In the meantime, review the information below on traumatic brain injuries, which might provide you with further insight and answers about TBIs.Defining Brain Injuries
Medical professionals sometimes interchange ‘brain injury’ with ‘head injuries’ or ‘traumatic brain injuries. These occur when an outside force causes some type of trauma, whether mild or severe, to the brain. Closed-head injuries happen after a violent impact directly to the head or the person, while open-head injuries mean that an object, such as a bullet or knife, penetrates the skull.Common Causes of Brain Injuries
A person can suffer a head injury under various conditions, such as a blow to the head, an object penetrating the head, or shaking, especially a baby. While shaking happens most commonly to babies and young children, adults can also be victims of violent shaking.
Head injuries generally occur under these circumstances, although the following list is not exhaustive:
- Auto accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Physical assaults
- Slip and falls
After a jolt to the head, the person might not realize the seriousness of their injury and might even feel and act fine after an accident. However, symptoms can appear later. The individual might not understand what is wrong, but family members and friends might notice physical or emotional changes over the next few hours or days. A delay in receiving professional treatment can cause further complications, so seek immediate help from a doctor after any type of blow to the head, especially if you notice any of the symptoms listed below.
Even if you did not suffer a direct hit to your head, the significant jarring on the entire body in a vehicular accident can ‘bruise’ your brain due to the sudden changes in vehicle speed. This impact can sometimes result in bleeding in the brain.Common Symptoms of a TBI
Since head injury symptoms might not show up immediately, you should carefully monitor yourself or a loved one after an accident for any signs that might appear. These could include:
- Ringing in the ears
More severe symptoms might include:
- Abnormal eye movements
- Blacking out
- Difficulty with balance or walking
- Difficulty with muscle control
- Headache that won’t go away
- Memory loss
- Mood changes
- Severe disorientation
- Struggling to focus, physically or mentally
For more information about traumatic brain injuries, you may wish to visit these websites:
- American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
- Brain Injury Association of America
- Brain Injury Survivors' Perspectives
- National Library of Medicine Traumatic Brain Injury Bibliography
- Neuropsychology Central
- Traumatic Brain Injury Perspectives Network
- The Brain Trauma Foundation
In this TED Talk video, former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce shares his story of suffering a traumatic brain injury and explains why no two brain injuries are alike.Folsom Brain Injury FAQ
Do I need a lawyer for my traumatic brain injury claim?
If you or a loved one suffers a brain injury in an accident caused by negligence, you should seek the advice of an experienced Folsom brain injury lawyer. Severe brain injury claims often involve damages in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. Most insurance companies will offer you a low-ball settlement if you try to negotiate on your own. You need to retain an experienced accident attorney with a track record of success in the courtroom. Hiring a lawyer is low risk since most work on a contingency fee arrangement. This means you can retain a lawyer without paying a huge retainer fee. Your attorney only gets paid if they obtain a financial recovery for you.
What are the potential damages that can be recovered through a brain injury claim?
The damages related to a traumatic brain injury can be catastrophic. Recovering from severe head trauma often takes years, and many injured individuals are permanently disabled. Treating TBIs often require numerous surgeries and physical therapy. Your medical expenses and lost wages are economic damages that can be recovered through a brain injury claim. You can also recover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Contact Our Brain Injury Lawyers in Folsom, CA
As a member of the Brain Injury Association of America, we have extensive experience handling TBI cases and a strong background in assessing head-injury claims. In case of a traumatic brain injury due to someone else's intentional actions or negligence, seek immediate medical help. Then, call our office for legal counsel.
For a no-obligation consultation about your legal options after a head injury, contact us via the convenient form or call our office at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. As experienced Folsom brain injury lawyers, we can provide you with no-pressure advice and options so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed after a TBI.
Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 9.15.22]
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