Agoura Hills Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Brain injuries are very common, very expensive, and very dangerous. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to three million new cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur every year. More than 13 million individuals across the country actively live with a disability caused by a TBI. TBIs lead to five million emergency department visits each year, and as many as 50,000 deaths. Even seemingly minor TBIs should not be taken lightly, in case they progress into a more serious injury or condition.
If you’ve been in an accident or have otherwise suffered a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence, you do not have to face your burdens alone. The passionate traumatic brain injury attorneys at the Halpern Law Firm have spent over four decades helping injured accident victims recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages incurred due to the actions of others. We fight for your right to recover the monetary compensation you are due after a traumatic brain injury in Southern California.
How do TBIs Happen? Common Causes
Traumatic brain injuries can occur from either a direct blow to the head or severe motion of the head. TBIs can arise from all manner of impact-based accidents as well as from medical malpractice and illness. Some of the most common causes of TBI include:
- Traffic accidents, including:
- Auto collisions
- Bike crashes,
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents, such as scaffolding collapse or dropped objects
- Falls from height
- Assault and battery
- Contact sports such as football or hockey
- Medical malpractice
While we typically think of TBIs as being caused by traumatic blows to the head, TBIs can also be caused by sudden, severe movement of the head. A TBI caused by extreme motion is called a coup-contrecoup injury. The coup happens when the head experiences a sudden violent stop and the brain continues its motion and impacts the inside portion of the hard skull. The contrecoup occurs when the brain rebounds from a “coup” and contacts the opposite side of the skull. A coup-contrecoup injury might occur, for example, in a rear-end collision when the driver’s head is whipped back and forth at high speeds, bouncing the brain around inside the skull.
Whatever the nature of your injury, if it was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to recover compensation for the harm you have suffered. At-fault parties and their insurance providers have a responsibility to pay for your medical costs and other damages caused by a brain injury.
How to Identify a TBI
Traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to detect right after an accident because so much of the damage is internal, and so many of the symptoms are subjective. If you have endured a blow to the head or other sudden head movement, watch out for any symptoms of potential TBI, including:
- Loss of consciousness for any length of time
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood changes including irritability, crying outbursts, and behavioral changes
- Blurry vision or light sensitivity
- Trouble sleeping
- Persistent headaches
- Trouble focusing or multitasking
If you have any reason to suspect you may have a brain injury, see a doctor immediately. TBIs can be properly diagnosed using medical imaging techniques such as CAT scans, MRI and PET scans. In the absence of objective imaging studies, a qualified neuropsychologist and neuropsychiatrist can detect brain injuries through a series of tests, examinations and interviews. However, often mild or even moderate brain injury is missed because of the absence of objective imaging. If you’ve been in a car accident or other traumatic incident, ask your doctor for proper diagnostic imaging.
Call Us Today for Zealous Representation After a Traumatic Brain Injury in California
If you or someone you love has suffered from a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence in Southern California, the passionate and experienced TBI legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is here to help. We fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us at (818) 785-5999 today for a Free No-Risk Confidential Consultation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win.