Paradise Brain Injury Lawyer


Paradise in Butte County is still recovering from the deadly wildfire of 2018, but plans are being made to rebuild safely to protect residents from the danger of wildfires. Whether you are planning to rebuild or are settling elsewhere, traffic accidents, collisions and other causes of brain injuries occur far too often. Almost any type of accident can result in brain injuries, which can be life-changing. The injured party has the right to seek compensation with an injury lawyer when they are harmed by a negligent driver or another entity. 

Traumatic Brain Injury: What Is It?

A traumatic brain injury can be caused by a jolt, a bump, or even rapid back and forth movement of the head. External damage doesn’t even have to be visible. Sometimes only minor symptoms will appear and will heal over time. Others may suffer devastating effects and become disabled or die as a result of a TBI. The following are some ways in which TBIs occur:

  • Most brain injuries are caused by falls. They may occur on private property due to an uneven or heaved sidewalk, on a poorly lit staircase or one with a wobbly handrail, or for other reasons. When negligence was the cause, the injured party can place a claim to recover compensation.
  • The second most common cause of TBIs is traffic accidents. Passenger vehicles and trucks, as well as collisions involving motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, cause major trauma to many people every year.
  • Traumatic brain injuries occur in many types of sports, especially in young people and children. It is estimated that 21 percent of all TBIs occur in adolescents and children due to a sport they are playing, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
  • Assaults and other types of intentional acts cause brain injuries.
Does an Accident Have to Be Serious to Cause a TBI?

No, even a minor fender-bender or fall can cause a TBI. This is why it is so important for people who have experienced an accident to get checked out medically. If a TBI occurs and negligence by another individual or entity was the cause, they may want to seek financial compensation. At, we have successfully obtained compensation for many people who have suffered brain trauma.

What Are the Different Types of TBIs?

The severity of brain injury varies from case to case, and while minor trauma usually doesn’t require hospitalization, the more serious types do. Treatment and the prognosis for the future depend on the extent of the injury and any complications that arise. Following are the types of TBIs that are encountered, many of which are the result of an accident:

  • Concussions: A jolt, bump or blow to the head can lead to a concussion, which is common in a traffic accident or fall. This brain injury is often caused by the rapid back and forth movement of the head during the impact of a collision. Most heal with time, but headaches and cognitive changes can continue in some people.
  • Hemorrhage: A hemorrhage occurs between the skull and the brain itself and can be life-threatening due to not only the accumulation of blood but swelling, which cuts off the oxygen supply. Treatment and prognosis depend on its severity and location.
  • Hematoma: Blood clots on the surface of the brain are called hematomas. They appear anywhere in the brain as collections of blood between the skull and the brain's protective covering called the dura mater. Hematomas may subside on their own or can become worse over time, requiring surgical drainage or a craniotomy to treat.
  • Edema: Swelling of the brain can happen because of trapped fluid. Because the brain is encased inside the skull, swelling can restrict oxygen, which can have disastrous consequences. Damage can be irreversible or lead to death.
  • Fractured skull: When parts of the skull break or crack due to an accident, the brain may be damaged. The cerebrospinal fluid can leak out through the nose or ears during a skull fracture, resulting in infection or seizures.
  • Anoxic/hypoxic brain injuries: Those who suffer from anoxic or hypoxic brain injuries have a shortage of oxygen to part of the brain. Both injuries are generally attributed to breathing pattern disruptions.  
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury: The extensions of the nerve cells, the axons, are sheared off when the brain shifts suddenly within the skull, causing massive damage. The nerve cells cannot communicate if the trauma is severe enough, resulting in permanent damage. Not only will the patient face severe disabilities, but he or she may also be at high risk of coma and death.
Damages Recovered Following an Injury to the Brain

Many people look for compensation for personal injury damages from a person or their insurance company when they face hospitalization or permanent disability due to a brain injury. It can be difficult or impossible to care for yourself after a serious injury because recovery can be lengthy or the trauma can cause cognitive deficits. Most families are unable to handle the financial or physical burden on their own and require assistance. The following areas may be compensated:

  • It is possible to recover all medical expenses related to the accident. The costs of ambulances, hospitalization, surgeries, testing, physician bills, prescriptions, and rehabilitation are included. Taxi fares and gasoline expenses for doctor visits are also recoverable as out-of-pocket costs.
  • Injury lawyers can include future medical costs into settlements when brain injuries are predicted to last for a long time or result in permanent disability.
  • Recovering lost wages is possible. Injured workers can recover the difference in pay, even if they must take a lower-paying position or return to work on a limited basis. Assume the injured party will not be able to enter the workforce in the future because of their permanent disability. The amount of their salary up to the time of their expected retirement, including bonuses, insurance and pension, can be reclaimed.
  • Compensating the spouse for the loss of consortium, moral support and affection is possible.
Why Should I Seek Advice After a Brain Trauma Accident?

Over the years, our firm has successfully handled a number of brain injury claims to help injured parties get fair compensation. Our firm operates on a contingency basis as personal injury attorneys. We do not get paid until we win our client's case. You can receive a free, no-obligation claim review from us to answer your questions, determine whether you have a case and find out what options are available to you to collect damages. 

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In the video that follows, attorney Ed Smith discusses how you can choose the right lawyer following your injury accident: 

Paradise Brain Injury Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Paradise brain injury lawyer. Traumatic brain injuries can result in extensive hospitalizations and high medical bills because they are often severe. The financial strain on a family can be tremendous. Those who have been injured as a result of a negligent driver or other entity may wish to consider placing a compensation claim. You are welcome to contact our injury lawyers for our free and friendly advice in Butte County at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. Please feel free to contact us online as well.

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