San Diego Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover your losses. Contact the Liljegren Law Group today to speak to an experienced San Diego traumatic brain injury attorney who can evaluate your case.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a sudden blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head or body, which causes the brain to violently impact the skull. Brain injuries can cause serious complications such as cognitive, behavioral, communication, and/or sensory processing problems. Sometimes in more serious cases a traumatic brain injury can result in a coma, vegetative state, or death.
Unfortunately, there are many ways someone may suffer a brain injury ranging from more innocent behavior of high school football games to malicious reasons such as child abuse. Common causes of such injuries where someone else may be found negligent include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. A car accident can lead to very serious or even fatal brain injuries. During a crash, the force of impact can cause a passenger’s head and neck to twist and turn in unnatural ways. The sudden jerking motion can easily cause a concussion, and the head striking the inside walls or roof of the vehicle can lead to severe brain damage. If a driver causes an accident due to negligence, he or she will be liable for the resulting brain injury and related damages.
- Bicycle accidents. Bicyclists can suffer serious head injuries from the force of a collision. They also often suffer head injuries from hitting the ground after falling from their bikes during accidents. Bicycles also afford riders virtually no protection from external forces, so bicyclists should wear protective gear and Department of Transportation-approved helmets to limit the risk of head injury. Drivers need to be alert and drive safely near bicyclists, but bicyclists also have a duty of care to ride responsibly with the flow of traffic and follow all applicable traffic laws.
- Medical malpractice. Medical negligence can cause several types of brain injuries. If a surgeon must operate on a patient’s brain, he or she must be extremely careful to avoid damaging the healthy areas of the brain. Other surgical procedures may require the use of anesthesia, and some drugs may cause oxygen deprivation.
- Truck accidents. Victims of trucking accidents face a higher risk of brain injury than they would in crashes involving smaller passenger cars. An at-fault truck driver will be liable for an injured victim’s brain injury and other damages.
- Physical assault. Interpersonal violence can easily cause brain injuries. During a fistfight or brawl with multiple people, a person can suffer concussions from repeated blows to the head, or worse injuries if he or she strikes his or her head on the ground. A person knocked unconscious in a fistfight can have neurological trouble, including concussions or contusions on the brain.
- Firearms. Gunshots to the head are often deadly. However, some gunshot victims survive wounds to the head, but face very difficult recoveries and often develop permanent disabilities.
- Slip and fall accidents. A “slip and fall” may not sound very serious, but a slip and fall victim may hit his or her head on the ground, causing a concussion or other serious problem like a skull fracture or contusion.
- Child abuse. Small children are far more vulnerable to brain injuries than adults, especially very young children. Some frustrated and abusive parents may shake a fussy baby to try and calm him or her, only to cause the incredibly dangerous and often fatal condition known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” This condition entails shearing or tearing brain tissue, nerve damage in the head and eyes, and internal bleeding. Children who suffer shaking injuries often face permanent disability or death.
Brain damage can occur within minutes after cutting off the flow of oxygen to the brain. Doctors and other healthcare professionals must do everything possible to limit the risk of harming their patients. Surgeons or other healthcare professionals that cause brain injuries to their patients will likely be liable for the resulting damages.
Negligence is a very important factor in TBI cases, particularly those involving car and trucking accidents. Our San Diego personal injury attorney will review your unique accident and subsequent brain injury during a free consultation. If we believe someone acted negligent, we can help fight for compensation of medical bills, loss of wages, emotional damages and more.
Across the United States, brain injuries occur every 23 seconds. In San Diego County alone there are more than 11,000 brain injuries every year. These injuries cause incredible difficulties for victims as well as a significant financial strain on the country’s economy. Traumatic brain injuries cost more than $56 billion every year, and more than five million American citizens currently live with a permanent disability due to a brain injury.
What are the Signs of a Brain Injury or TBI?
Not all brain injuries are readily apparent, even when caused by an accident with an obvious head injury. An accident victim who has had a closed head injury may not feel symptoms of brain injury immediately. Certain symptoms of brain injury should prompt an immediate evaluation for brain damage, and a subsequent call to an San Diego brain injury lawyer.
Some symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Dizziness or lack of balance
- Difficulty concentrating
- Diminished senses of hearing, taste or sight, or ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Inability to find words or convey thoughts
- Paralysis of any body part
- Mood changes
Treatment of brain injuries depends on the severity and cause. Some minor injuries may be monitored closely from their comfort of their homes while others may require emergency surgery or medications including coma-inducing drugs or diuretics. No matter the severity or initial symptoms, people in serious accidents should seek immediate medical attention.
Compensation for Brain Injury Victims
The San Diego brain injury attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group will help you recover the compensation for the costs that you or a loved one may incur as a victim of a traumatic brain injury. Following are some of the categories of damages that a TBI victim may obtain:
- Medical bills
- Medical monitoring
- Lost wages
- Impairment of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Lifestyle changes
- Future damages
Our San Diego office is conveniently located off the I-805 just minutes from downtown, La Jolla and UCSD. More importantly, however, our San Diego injury lawyers have decades of experience handling such catastrophic injuries. Acting promptly to secure an effective personal injury lawyer’s services after a head injury is important to help protect your rights. Contact the Liljegren Law Group today.