If your family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is imperative that you connect with a qualified Orange County TBI lawyer as soon as possible. All personal injury cases hinge upon establishing that another party committed an act of negligence. It is usually necessary to obtain critical evidence and collect witness statements.
At Avrek Law in Orange County, our legal team has extensive experience in personal injury law, and we have recovered millions in damages in cases of serious injury. Our entire team is driven to perform, and we understand the personal devastation suffered by the victim the family. In a case of TBI, the long term prognosis can impossible to determine. While some TBI patients recover fully, many others suffer long term disabilities, lose the ability to earn a living, and have difficulty speaking and controlling their body. The value of the injury claim or lawsuit will include financial damages as well as compensation for the pain and suffering and loss of quality of life for the victim.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over a quarter of TBI cases in the U.S. are the result of falls (28%). Vehicle accidents cause another 20% of TBI cases. Of the most serious traumatic brain injuries that require immediate hospitalization, half of these cases are from car, motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle-related accidents.
Some cases of TBI are the result of an act of medical malpractice, such as a failure to correctly monitor oxygen, anesthetic errors, birth injuries or surgical errors, and other types of medical negligence. Those 40 years or older are far more likely to die as the result of an impact to the head and brain, and younger people have a higher statistical chance of achieving some level of recovery.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are several levels of TBI. A concussion is a milder form of TBI in which the individual suffers an impact to the head by a blow or sudden jolt. The concussion can be the result of a car accident or other incident in which the brain is jerked back and forth in the impact. The symptoms vary widely, and can include:
- Trouble concentrating or thinking
- Memory problems
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Balance problems
There can be a period of time before the symptoms are appear. They can begin even months after the impact took place. There are emotional difficulties associated with mild TBI, and initially the victim may believe that the emotional ups and downs are not injury-related. Any accident that involves an impact to the head must be fully evaluated by qualified medical professionals immediately after the accident. A person may appear to be unharmed and normal, but is actually in the first phase of a mild traumatic brain injury. Changes in behavior, slurred speech, one pupil appearing larger than the other, weakness or numbness are all signs of a serious medical problem that must be treated immediately.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
There are two types of severe TBI—closed head injuries and penetrating injuries. When the victim survives the impact, they are often in a coma which can last for days, weeks or months. When consciousness is regained, amnesia and disabilities. There are serious consequences that frequently last a lifetime, including:
- Loss of memory (total or partial)
- Physical disabilities (weakness, lack of coordination, and balance)
- Loss of speech
- Loss of sensation and perception (hearing, eyesight, touch)
- Emotional difficulties (anxiety, aggressive behavior, lack of control, depression)
The treatment immediately after the accident is of great importance both by the emergency personnel and the triage team. Nevertheless, the long term consequences of severe TBI often last a lifetime. The victim is unable to work or function normally, but may recover some level of ability. The costs of treatment, rehabilitation and the skilled nursing care can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in just a few months. The negligent party must be held accountable, and be forced to pay for all damages. We are here to help victims of TBI and their families to seek justice, whether in a settlement or by filing a civil suit when appropriate to the case. Call now for more information.