Traumatic Brain Injury
San Diego Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries for adolescents and adults are automobile accidents. Males between the age of 15 and 24 are most susceptible to brain injuries due to their lifestyles. Children under the age of 4 and adults over the age of 75 are susceptible in terms of slip and fall accidents.
The exact number of people living with traumatic brain injury is difficult to estimate but is much higher than most people typically believe. According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are approximately 1.5 million people in the United States who suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year. Approximately 50,000 people die from traumatic brain injuries each year and 85,000 people suffer long term disability. Most will never be able to financially handle the medical costs their condition may require.
Brain injuries can be caused as a result of an open head injury, closed head injury, deceleration injury, chemical or toxic injury, lack of oxygen, tumor, infections, or stroke. Other common causes include physical assault, athletic injuries, shaken baby syndrome, accidents at home or work and outdoor activities. The effects of a brain injury range from minor to severe. For example, cerebral trauma can result in speech difficulties, loss of motor function, seizures, or may have more subtle symptoms in the form of emotional problems, attention deficit, and impaired judgment or problem-solving skills. Other symptoms of a brain injury following an accident could include drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, headache, irritability, concussion, memory loss or blurred vision. Unfortunately, many traumatic brain injuries are the direct result of another’s reckless or negligent conduct.
It Is Important to Know
- You do not need to be “knocked out” or lose consciousness to have suffered a brain injury.
- You do not need to have a direct blow to the head to sustain a brain injury.
- Often there will be no visible injury or evidence of trauma to the head or body because the injury is caused by the movement of the brain and brain cells within the skull.
In many cases, you may not even realize that you have suffered a brain injury until you go back to work and realize that you cannot meet the challenges of your job due to cognitive dysfunction. Even mild brain injury can cause serious cognitive and emotional impairment which can have a devastating effect on a person’s ability to function.
If you suspect you or a loved one has suffered a possible brain injury, you should seek out appropriate medical care immediately. If the brain injury was caused as a result of someone’s negligence, you should contact an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney at The Gould Firm and arrange for legal representation.
Individuals who suffer brain damage are typically faced with a very long, difficult and expensive road to recovery. Compensation for brain injuries may include hospital, surgical and other medical expenses; rehabilitation costs necessary to restore function; lost income or reduced wages; reduced earning capacity; and compensation for pain and suffering.
The attorneys at The Gould Firm aggressively advocate on behalf of individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of others. In doing so, we take all steps necessary to effectively assess the client’s past and future needs and aggressively pursue your case to ensure that you recover all of the damages you are entitled to. If you or a family member has sustained a traumatic brain injury, please contact The Gould Firm for a free case evaluation. We are here to help.