Thousand Oaks Brain Injury Lawyer

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Do you need to speak with an Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer in Thousand Oaks because you or a loved one were hurt in an accident?

Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can greatly complicate your life and that of your entire family. You may no longer be able to work and support yourself and others -- or handle important everyday living tasks.

Although some people’s TBI problems are temporary, others must spend significant time obtaining medical treatment and going through rehabilitation before returning to their prior life activities. Of course, there other individuals whose injuries are so severe that they may need to stop working permanently and simply concentrate on learning new ways to handle their lives while mastering various coping skills.

While you and your family adjust to your new medical treatments, you’ll need a law firm that can help you handle the complicated medical and insurance company paperwork that often follows a serious accident. Our firm takes pride in helping clients manage these needs. I’m Ed Smith, a Thousand Oaks brain injury lawyer who’s been helping injured people like you obtain compensation for their injuries for three decades.

I hope you’ll contact me so I can answer any questions you may now have about pursuing a brain injury lawsuit. You can reach me at 805-372-0200 or toll free at 800-404-5400 for free, friendly advice. You can also contact my law firm online to schedule a free consultation.

Prior to coming in for your appointment, you may find it helpful to review the following traumatic brain injury information.

What Exactly Are Brain Injuries?

When speaking with your doctors, you’ll notice that they often interchange the terms “head injuries,” “brain injuries,” and “traumatic brain injuries” (TBIs). All these terms simply refer to the physical harm your head and brain sustain when your head is hit hard by some type of strong force or trauma.

Doctors often further classify head traumas as being either “open” or “closed.” An open head trauma indicates that an object like a bullet or knife pierced through the skull into the brain. In contrast, a closed head injury refers to the harm your skull and brain may sustain when something on the outside heavily impacts your head with moderate or severe force.

How Do Many People Incur Their Brain Injuries?

A very large percentage of people develop head injuries after being in serious car accidents. However, even violently shaking an adult or child can also cause major head injuries. Other causes of traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Falls on the job or elsewhere while handling daily tasks
  • Sports-related impacts
  • Physical assaults

Must the Injured Person See a Doctor Soon?

Always remember that after someone suffers a serious head jolt, he may not fully realize how important it is to go see a doctor. It’s common for an injured person to still feel rather normal. However, it’s always best to insist that your friend or loved go see a medical doctor soon since it can take hours for some of the most critical warning signs of a brain injury to appear. If the injured person will not be surrounded by those who know all about his usual behavior, crucial changes in physical or emotional functioning may be missed. Also, any delay in obtaining professional treatment after incurring a head injury can greatly increase the chances of serious complications – and can lower the injured person’s chances for full recovery.

Please take the time to review the various symptoms listed below that can indicate that the injured person needs to obtain an immediate medical exam. Be sure to remind the injured person that just being in a vehicle accident can often cause a person to suffer a bruised brain due to the sudden change in the vehicle’s speed during impact. Bleeding in the brain can start quickly – without producing clear signs of its presence.

Common Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Symptoms

Soon after the head injury – or later on after an hour or more – you may start noticing some of the following milder symptoms after you or someone you’re spending time with has suffered a head injury.

  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Confusion

If the head injury was quite severe or if significant time has passed since it occurred, you or the injured person may also experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Serious disorientation
  • A very bad headache
  • Mood changes
  • Blacking out
  • Problems controlling various muscles
  • Difficulties with just standing or walking
  • Seizures
  • Problems with your vision, including unusual eye movements
  • Memory loss
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Given the seriousness of the medical issues just listed, always get help right away if any of these events or experiences happen. This is especially true if you or the injured person live alone or won’t be able to quickly obtain help if the head injury complications quickly worsen.

Experienced Thousand Oaks Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Offer the Professional Legal Help You Need

I am a long-standing member of the Brain Injury Association of America, and have been properly assessing and handling serious TBI cases for many years. My team and I know how to fully investigate your case and isolate the facts indicating that your injury was directly caused by the intentional, negligent act of another party.

Your immediate need is to obtain the medical treatment suggested by your doctors, while our firm acts to fully protect all your legal rights once we accept your case. You can count on us since we have extensive experience handling brain injury cases like yours.

Additional Reading Resources

In addition to speaking with your doctor, you may also want to do some more reading about traumatic brain injuries at one or more of the following web sites:

Brain Injury Association of America

The Brain Trauma Foundation

Brain Injury Survivors’ Perspectives

Thousand Oaks Brain Injury Lawyer - Edward A. Smith

Hello. I’m Ed Smith, a Thousand Oaks Brain Injury Lawyer. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, I hope you’ll call my office for free, friendly advice. I can be reached at 805-372-0200 or toll free at 800-404-5400. You can also contact me via this convenient online form. As an experienced Thousand Oaks Brain Injury lawyer, I’m ready to provide you with clear advice and information so you can understand all your current options for pursuing your lawsuit.

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