Orangevale Brain Injury Lawyer

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I'm Ed Smith, a Orangevale Brain Injury Lawyer. While injuries that can develop from an accident can range in severity, traumatic brain injuries are among the most severe. These injuries can remove a person’s ability to care for themselves, end someone’s career, and even alter someone’s personality, permanently. This means that not only do traumatic brain injuries adversely affect the patient but also the patient’s family. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone understands this information related to the management of traumatic brain injuries.

Numerous Causes of Brain Injuries

Unfortunately, there are many different ways that a person can develop a traumatic brain injury. Among the most common causes of brain injuries are:

Heavy Equipment: Individuals who work in industry run the risk of developing many types of traumatic brain injuries. People who operate forklifts can have accidents that could cause trauma to the head. Construction workers could fall from a great height and impact the ground with their head. For these reasons, everyone should make sure that they wear a helmet when operating heavy equipment.

Vehicle Accidents: Whether it is an auto accident or a motorcycle accident, anyone involved in a crash has the potential to suffer head trauma. Motorcyclists could fall from their bike and smack the pavement. Drivers and passengers in cars could impact the window, steering wheel, or dashboard. Everyone should make sure to wear a seatbelt and motorcycle riders should always wear a helmet.

Assault: Unfortunately, people can also suffer brain damage due to criminal activity. Gunshot wounds, knives, and baseball bats all have the potential to cause a significant amount of brain damage. Anyone who has suffered trauma to their head should seek medical attention quickly. The faster a brain injury is diagnosed, the faster treatment can begin.

The Glasgow Coma Scale

Almost every brain injury patient who visits the hospital will be assessed on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This scale was developed as a way to quickly grade a patient’s injury severity without requiring any advanced tests. The patient is awarded points based on their level of neurological function in the individual categories below. The components of the Glasgow Coma Scale are:

Eye Response:

  1. No eye opening response at all
  2. Patient opens their eyes in response to pain
  3. Patient opens their eyes in response to verbal commands
  4. Patient opens their eyes spontaneously

Verbal Response

  1. No verbal response is given at all
  2. Patient makes sounds that are not comprehensible
  3. Patient speaks words that don’t go together
  4. Patient speaks words but is confused and disoriented
  5. Patient speaks in full sentences and is oriented to the situation

Motor Response

  1. No motor response at all
  2. Patient extends limbs to pain
  3. Patient flexes limbs to pain
  4. Patient withdraws from pain
  5. Patient localizes their pain
  6. Patient obeys commands

A healthy person will have a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of 15. A score of 13 or 14 is consistent with a mild brain injury. A score of 9 to 12 is indicative of a moderate head injury. A patient with a score of 8 or less indicates a severe head injury.

Negligence can Lead to Head Injuries

Those who suffer a severe head injury as a result of intentional actions, reckless conduct, or negligent behavior should not have to deal with the consequences alone. Patients and their families have a legal right to seek compensation to help pay for the impacts of such a serious event. Regardless of whether it was a workplace oversight, construction mishap, or multi-car collision, the results can limit someone's ability to care for their family. An experienced Orangevale brain injury lawyer can:

  • Negotiate with insurance companies to ensure just compensation is awarded
  • Discuss the potential career impacts of a brain injury with a patient's employer
  • Take the case to court, if necessary

Contact a compassionate, experienced Orangevale brain injury lawyer who understands what it takes to assist patients during one of the toughest times in their life.

Orangevale Brain Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Orangevale Brain Injury Lawyer. Managing someone who has developed a traumatic brain injury is not an easy task. If you or a loved one has developed a brain injury from a traumatic accident, please call me at (916) 921-6400 for friendly, free advice. People who are reaching out from beyond the local area may use the toll-free line at (800) 404-5400.

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