Lodi Brain Injury Lawyer


Injuries from accidents range widely in severity. A traumatic brain injury is one of the most severe consequences that patients can suffer. Annually, brain injuries impact hundreds of thousands of people and can create stress for patients and their families that can last for life. 

Since 1982, we have been working with patients and their loved ones in Lodi, striving to relieve the stress these injuries can create. If you or a loved one has suffered head trauma in an accident, call our experienced Lodi brain injury lawyers at (209) 227-1931 for a free consultation.

Causes of Brain Injuries

The types of accidents that can lead to brain damage can be as diverse as the injuries themselves. In the Lodi area, accidents resulting in brain injuries include:

  • Vehicular Accidents: If a driver or passenger strikes their head on the dashboard or is ejected from a vehicle, this can lead to trauma to the skull.
  • Pedestrian Accidents: A pedestrian struck by a vehicle will likely suffer numerous injuries, including brain damage, if their head strikes the vehicle or the pavement.
  • Workplace Accidents: These include construction accidents and slip and fall injuries
  • Medical Malpractice: Surgical complications can reduce oxygen delivered to the patient’s brain, leading to neurological damage. Injuries sustained during the birth process can also cause brain injury.

Because of the range of severity in all of these accidents, it can be challenging to predict whether or not a patient will suffer a brain injury. A wide range of severity can make brain injuries difficult to treat. Medical research has come a long way in recent history, leading to new diagnostic modalities and treatment methods that have improved the overall outcome of brain injuries that previously had no option. On the other hand, brain injuries still leave lasting impacts on patients and their families, carrying a large financial, emotional, and legal burden.

The Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can cause various symptoms; however, brain injuries can range from asymptomatic to causing a wrongful death like many medical problems. Because of this, neurological damage can be difficult to detect. Anyone showing signs or symptoms of brain injuries could seek treatment as early as possible. If patients delay medical attention, it could lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Common symptoms of brain injuries include:

  • Headache, including tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Amnesia, both retrograde and anterograde
  • Dripping of cerebrospinal fluid from the head, eyes, ears, or nose
  • Bleeding from the skull, nose, eyes, or ears
  • Difficulty seeing or hearing
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Trouble writing, walking, or standing
  • Decreased or total loss of sensation in various body parts
  • Coma

If someone experiences any of the symptoms listed above, they should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Remember, brain injuries could produce some, all, or none of the above symptoms.

Brain Injuries: The History and Physical

When someone visits a medical provider to diagnose a potential brain injury, the visit will start with history. The physician will ask questions to establish a timeline of the events immediately before and after the accident. This will include the mechanism of the accident, any trauma to the head, and when the various symptoms developed. This timing will help give clues as to the nature of the brain injury. Then, the physician will perform a physical exam that will test the patient’s motor and sensory function for localizing and grading the severity of the injury. The doctor will also inspect the face and skull to look for evidence of trauma.

Imaging Tests are Necessary

The patient may undergo a variety of imaging tests to look for objective evidence of a brain injury. This includes:

CT Scan: A CT scan is a relatively quick test to look for bone fractures and brain bleeding in emergent cases. If there is any chance the patient requires emergent care of a severe head injury, a CT scan will be used to quickly rule in or rule out brain bleeding. A patient with bleeding in the brain could require emergent treatment to prevent cerebral herniation.

MRI Scan: An MRI scan takes longer; however, it provides greater detail and does not use radiation to develop its image. This will yield information about bone fractures and brain bleeding and show any structural damage to the brain tissue itself. MRI scans can also detect older brain injuries that may have healed.

Common Brain Injuries

The various steps above could be used to diagnose several different brain injuries, including:

Within these separate categories, injuries can range in severity. Patients and their families should understand that their case's treatment and prognosis will be handled individually with their medical provider.

The following YouTube video discusses traumatic brain injuries and how they are treated with new technology and treatments.

Compassionate Care in Lodi for Brain Injuries

From day one, the focus of our office has been to provide the compassionate and individualized care that every patient and their family deserves. Our dedicated office will work hard to establish an individual, personal relationship with every client to ensure that everyone feels like they’re being heard. We will make sure that we understand every client's goals and will work hard to remove as much of the stress of the situation as possible. This allows our clients to focus on their recovery.

Brain Injury Lawyers in Lodi, CA

Brain injuries can lead to lifelong consequences for patients and their loved ones. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident leading to a brain injury due to someone else's negligence, please call our experienced Lodi brain injury lawyers at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 for friendly, free advice.

We are members of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.12.21]

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