Sacramento Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries can be one of the most devastating events that a family can face. The impact of this type of injury to your family member is evident - and the long-term effect on both you and the injured person can sometimes last a lifetime
If you are looking for answers or guidance on what steps you need to take to help with this devastating injury, I can help. My name is Ed Smith and I'm a Sacramento brain injury lawyer that's been assisting individuals and families since 1982. My team and I will make sure the right steps are being taken to protect your legal rights and get you the full compensation you deserve for your injury. Call us at 916.921.6400 for free, friendly advice.
Read more below on traumatic brain injuries.
In this article:
- What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
- Most Common Causes of Head Injury in Sacramento
- Can I Claim Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury?
- How Do I Know if My Head Injury is Serious?
- How Long After a Brain Injury Do Symptoms Appear?
- Brain Injury Lawyers in Sacramento
- Traumatic Brain Injury Resources for Families
- Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs
A head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common consequence of injury-related accidents. The significant forces involved in serious accidents can produce not only the apparent results of major head trauma, but also the less obvious, but more frequent results of concussions, minor TBIs, and long-term head injury symptoms.Most Common Causes of Traumatic Head Injury in Sacramento
A brain injury is generally caused by trauma to the head resulting in brain and skull damage. Such trauma often results from a wide array of serious accidents, including:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Car Wrecks
- Construction Site Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Truck Collisions
While every personal injury case for a severe TBI is different, there is a wide array of damages that an injured person can recover after an accident. These include:
- Past and future medical expenses for ambulance services, emergency room visits, doctor appointments, medical imaging, transcranial electrical stimulation, therapy, and prescription medications
- Lost wages for time missed at work to recover from a traumatic brain injury or attend a medical appointment
- Loss of consortium for damage to a marital relationship as a result of a brain injury
- Loss of earning potential for a severe TBI resulting in permanent disability
- Pain and suffering for the emotional and psychological harms caused by a severe head injury
Closed head injuries may not produce visible traumas, but they can cause long-term, even permanent symptoms including headaches, short and long-term memory loss, irritability and mood swings, and loss of cognitive functions.
The injured person often may be unaware of these changes, or may only be vaguely aware that "something" is wrong. It is quite often the case that the injured person's family and friends may be the first to realize that something significant is occurring.How Long After a Brain Injury Do Symptoms Appear?
In any injury accident involving a blow to the head, the person and his/her family, friends and co-workers should be on the alert for any changes in the injured person's mental or emotional status. Significant or lasting changes should be reported promptly to a physician.
Even in those instances where a direct blow to the head has not occurred, it is wise to be careful. It has been shown, for example, that acceleration/deceleration injuries can be caused to the brain in cases where rapid speed changes occurred, even if there was no apparent striking of the head on other objects -- the medical evidence is that the brain can be "bruised" in these instances merely by impacting the inside of the skull when a sudden speed change happens.
A traumatic brain injury can only be properly evaluated with the input of experienced medical personnel including neuropsychologists, neurologists, and neuroradiologists.
The video below provides a brief overview of how a traumatic brain injury is treated.Brain Injury Lawyers in Sacramento
I am a member of the Brain Injury Association of America. I have handled many TBI cases and am very experienced in the legal steps of proving and evaluating brain injury cases. If you believe that you or a family member may have suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of another person's negligence, you should seek immediate medical care for the injury - and then ask the advice of an experienced Sacramento traumatic brain injury lawyer.Traumatic Brain Injury Resources for Families
For more information about traumatic brain injuries you may wish to visit these websites:
- American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
- American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
- Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
- National Library of Medicine Traumatic Brain Injury Bibliography
- Neuropsychology Central
- Traumatic Brain Injury Perspectives Network
How long does it take to recover from a traumatic brain injury?
The rate of improvement varies for each person. The fastest improvement typically happens in the first six months after the initial injury. The injured person will likely think and move better during this time. As time progresses, the recovery speed will slow down. However, the person may continue to improve for years following the injury. For this reason, doctors recommend that those suffering from a brain injury maintain their brain health for the rest of their lives. Brain health is maintained through healthy behaviors such as diet and exercise while avoiding drugs and alcohol.
What are the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury?
Brain function can be temporarily impaired even after a minor head injury such as a concussion. This injury can lead to complications like headaches, fatigue, dizziness, depression and memory issues. These symptoms can last months or years after a head injury. Those who have suffered severe brain injury typically have long-term complications that can affect their personality and their ability to lead independent lives. Even with family support and rehabilitation, brain injury survivors are likely to face challenging and uncertain futures.
What is the most common brain injury?
The most common type of traumatic brain injury is a concussion. A concussion occurs when there is trauma to the brain from a sudden movement change or impact. The cranial nerves in the brain may be damaged and the blood vessels may stretch.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.29.20]
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