Modesto Brain Injury Lawyer
A traumatic brain injury can have lifelong consequences for those who suffer one in an accident. These unfortunate injuries impact hundreds of thousands of people across the country each year. I have been working closely with families throughout the Modesto area for over three decades, helping people to cope with the complications and comorbidities that can develop from these brain injuries.Many Different Accidents
There is a wide variety of accidents that can result in someone developing a severe head or brain injury. Examples of accidents that can cause head trauma in the Modesto area include:
- Accidents involving vehicles, including bicycle accidents, auto accidents, truck accidents, and pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents ranging from construction injuries to slip and fall incidents
- Medical malpractice leading to poor surgical outcomes or birth injuries
Whether or not someone will suffer a brain injury in an accident is difficult to predict. Because of the breadth and depth of the various types of brain injuries, they can also be difficult to treat. Over the past few decades, there have been tremendous advances made in the field of medicine that make it easier and faster for doctors to both detect and treat brain injuries. This has led to improved prognoses for patients everywhere; however, these injuries can still have lifelong impacts that adversely affect a patient and their loved ones.Detecting the Symptoms Early is Important
If someone has suffered a brain injury, it is important for that patient to seek medical attention as early as possible. The earlier this type of injury is detected, the better the outcome is likely to be. A delay in seeking medical care can lead to delayed treatment, possibly causing permanent loss of mental abilities or even a wrongful death. Examples of symptoms of brain injuries include:
- Bleeding from the head, eyes, ears, or nose
- Leaking of clear fluid from the head, eyes, ears, or nose
- Swelling of the skull
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Memory loss
- Vision or hearing loss
- Difficulty with motor skills, including walking or standing
- Loss of consciousness
- Decreased sensation throughout various parts of the body
- Difficulty processing common tasks including simple arithmetic, tying of shoes, or driving a car
Anyone who is experiencing one or more of the above symptoms following a traumatic accident should seek medical care immediately. It could make a difference medically in the patient’s recovery after treatment.Diagnosis of Brain Injuries
The diagnosis of a brain injury will include a history, physical exam, and diagnostic imaging. If the patient is alert after the accident, the physician will ask some questions regarding how the injury occurred and the symptoms that developed after the injury. The timeline of the symptoms will important in grading the severity of the injury. The physician will likely perform a few simple physical exam maneuvers to test various parts of the brain, including mental processing (such as simple arithmetic) and sensory function (reflexes, vision, hearing, sensation). The physical exam will also include a close examination of the skull, looking for signs of trauma.
After the physical exam, the patient will likely undergo a series of imaging tests. This could include a CT scan or an MRI. These images will be helpful in revealing any bleeding in the skull cavity that could require emergent care, bone fractures that could require surgery, or structural damage to the brain tissue itself. The results of imaging will be combined with the history and physical exam to come up with a treatment plan for the patient. These results could also help establish an initial prognosis for the patient.Examples of Common Brain Injuries
The results of the exam above could yield a handful of different diagnoses, including:
- Cerebral contusion
- Intracranial hemorrhage, including an epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, or subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Skull fracture
- Cerebral herniation
While these are only a handful of the many different types of brain injuries that might result from various types of accidents, it is important for patients to understand that these injuries can range in severity from one to the next. For example, some patients may not have any symptoms from a concussion at all while other patients could lose consciousness as a result of the injury.Treatment of Brain Injuries
The treatment of brain injuries will range widely depending on the diagnosis and severity of the injury. Some patients may only require some time off to rest and recover from the accident. Other patients could require brain surgery to relieve the swelling or repair skull fractures. Until the treatment has been finished, it will be difficult to determine a prognosis because patients are typically kept sedated after undergoing brain surgery. Once patients wake up, the physician will examine the patient regularly to determine what kind of functions the patient is regaining and what other functions might be slow to return. This will yield valuable information when establishing a prognosis.Compassionate Care in Modesto for Brain Injuries
Over the many years I have been in practice, my office has been dedicated to helping patients with brain injuries and their loved ones find the support and care that they deserve. We have developed numerous strategies that have been used successfully to represent brain injury patients in a myriad of cases. We work hard to develop personal relationships with every client and their family to get to know everyone on a personal level. This focus translates into a positive experience that helps our office understand the goals of every client.
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto Brain Injury Lawyer. Brain injuries have the potential to have devastating impacts on patients and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in an accident, please call my office at (209) 227-1931 for friendly, free advice.
I am a member of the California Chapter of Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This is a group of injury attorneys rated among the top lawyers in the country. They have obtained verdicts or settled cases worth over $1 Million Dollars.
Some of my verdicts and settlements can be viewed here.
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