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brain injuryHead trauma and brain injury should never be taken lightly. As a Madera traumatic brain injury lawyer, I’ve seen the difficulty this type of injury generates. It is truly one of the most challenging injuries an individual can face. It is even more complicated when the reason for the brain injury is due to another person’s, entity’s, or government agency’s negligence. Traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, affects the family of the injured person too. 

It is difficult to reconcile the injured person with a supportive parent, brother, or child who was present hours or days before the accident. In a second, their existence can change when a negligent driver, doctor, or entity makes a mistake. Let’s examine TBIs and learn more about the reasons they occur, how they are treated, and their many symptoms. We’ll also address the legal issues surrounding TBIs and how they can be resolved in the injured party’s favor.

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Traumatic Brain Injury Case?

As a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Madera, I work hard to ensure that my client’s rights are protected. My staff and I approach each case independently and strive to bring emotional help as well as assist the individual and their family in terms of the financial losses they are facing. No two cases are the same, which is the reason we have spent years learning about TBIs. We know that negligent parties will do everything they can to shirk their responsibility for a TBI. That is why our investigative and legal teams work together to build a robust case for our clients. Call us as soon as possible to have the assurance that your case is in good hands and to give yourself time to deal with your own situation.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can range from mild to severe, resulting in symptoms that reflect the difference. Some such as concussions will usually heal with time and rest while others require emergency surgery. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury is one where the brain ceases to function normally when it sustains a direct hit or penetrating head injury. 

The brain floats in the skull, which protects it from outside elements. It has a soft, almost jellied consistency. Once the head is jarred, the brain will impact against the hard inner surface of the skull, causing damage. This can bruise the brain or cause it to bleed, resulting in problems that will affect its activity. In addition, the nerve fibers emanating from the brain can be affected by an accident, also leading to damaged functional capacity.

Basic Types of Brain Injuries

Overall, there are two basic categories of brain injury, called primary injuries and subsequent or secondary injuries due to physical changes. The following is a list of both primary and secondary brain injuries:

Primary injuries: These occur when the accident happens. They can be seen after a car accident, a fall, a blow to the head, or a sports-related injury. The damage may be focal, meaning it affects a particular area of the brain, such as a specific lobe. Alternately, it can involve both sides of the brain, frequently incurred when the person’s head strikes the pavement. The latter is more apt to cause a much wider range of symptoms. 

  • Hematomas: This occurs when a blood vessel is ruptured and leads to an accumulation of blood. Some types are:
    • Epidural hematoma: This is a collection of blood outside of the brain. It lies inside of the skull and outside of one of the layers lining the brain. These layers are called the dura mater, arachnoid, and the pia mater. The layers are referred to as meninges.
    • Subdural hematoma: This is a collection of blood between the dura mater and the arachnoid layer. It results from torn veins in the spaces between the layers.
    • Subarachnoid hematoma: This is a collection of blood below the arachnoid layer. It is a medical emergency and without proper intervention can lead to permanent damage or death,
    • Intracerebral hematoma: This results from bleeding directly into the brain, usually from a ruptured blood vessel. 
    • Intraventricular hemorrhage: This is the result of bleeding into the fluid-filled spaces around the brain. The spaces contain cerebral spinal fluid. 
  • Fractures in the skull: Skull fractures can be problematic since they allow for brain injury or a direct entrance of bacteria through the fractured area and into the brain.
  • Contusion: This is a bruising of the brain. 
  • Coup-Contrecoup: In a coup injury to the brain, damage occurs in the area that was impacted.  A contrecoup injury occurs on the opposite side of the brain from the point of impact. This type of brain injury is severe.
  • Diffuse axonal injury: This can occur due to a violent acceleration and deceleration, which is common in car accidents. DAI can cause the axons, which carry impulses from one part of the brain to another, to be torn. When this happens, the injured person will likely fall into a coma.

Secondary injury to the brain: This results from the initial injury and reflects physiologic changes in the brain.

  • Low oxygen levels and low blood pressure (hypoxia and hypotension)
  • Low blood flow to an organ, especially the heart (ischemia)
  • A build-up of fluid (edema) around the brain causing increased pressure that causes a headache, vomiting without nausea and difficulty moving and talking
  • Accumulation of fluid in the cavities (ventricles) of the brain, which increases pressure
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Some of the most common symptoms of head trauma are:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Speech abnormalities
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Poor concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Behavior and mood changes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Poor coordination
Types of Treatment Available for TBI

Treatment for TBI varies from rest to intensive care in the hospital, depending on the level of injury. Because of the complex nature of a TBI and its treatment, the cost of medical care is often astronomical. It is best to gain the insight of an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer in Madera from the outset. 

The video below discusses other types of treatments for traumatic brain injuries.

Legal Issues Involved in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case

Our Madera personal injury law firm has extensive experience in head trauma cases, whether they are placed against a person, commercial establishment, or a government agency. Our investigative preparation and our ability to execute the claim in court is strong as we have the resources to build a robust case. 

We dispatch our investigative team to the accident site to accumulate needed evidence without which the case will not be heard. We interview witnesses and use experts to evaluate accident reconstruction supported by surveillance videos, if possible. All police and medical reports are read and checked for inaccuracies. Once the evidence is complete, our legal team uses it to help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve.

Brain Injury Lawyers in Madera

I’m Ed Smith, a Madera brain injury lawyer. If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury due to an accident, call me for free and friendly advice. I can be reached at (559) 377-7676, (800) 404-5400, or online.

I’ve helped Madera residents since 1982 collect case damages in car accidents, truck crashes, wrongful deaths, and motorcycle injuries, among others.

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