Brain injuries are often serious and life-changing events that can devastate a family. The victim of a brain injury may lose his or her job and may not be able to participate in the normal and every day activities that they once did. Family members often become long-term caregivers for their injured loved one. It is estimated that approximately 1.4 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury every year, with 50,000 of those injuries resulting in death. In most instances, brain injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it is essential to retain a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Ingrid Evans, our experienced California brain injury lawyer will hold accountable those responsible for your injury and help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
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Types Of Brain Injuries
All brain injuries should be considered serious matters. There are basically two types of brain injury:
- Traumatic brain injury: is caused by outside forces, such as a blow to the head. When any outside force impacts the head with enough force to move the brain within the skull, bruising, swelling or tearing of nerve fibers can occur. For example, in an automobile accident the rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head can cause such an injury. The skull may also be fractured and result in direct trauma to the brain, such as in a bullet wound.
- Acquired brain injury: develops from the conditions within the body. Examples might include a tumor or oxygen deprivation from a stroke.
Brain injuries are usually classified by the medical community as mild, moderate, or severe. Brain injuries may vary based on the area of the brain that was damaged. For example, a traumatic brain injury to the frontal lobe can affect the victim’s problem solving and reasoning skills. An injury to the temporal lobe can impact the victim’s memory, hearing and speech.
Causes Of Brain Injuries
Many brain injuries are cased by the negligent or intentional acts of another person in a variety of circumstances. Examples may include any of the following:
- motor vehicle accidents
- medical malpractice, including improper treatment, failure to diagnose or birth injury
- slip and falls
- falling objects
- defective products
- carbon monoxide poisoning (and other accidents causing oxygen deprivation)
- injury from sporting events
- intentional acts, such as assault and battery or Shaken Baby Syndrome
Brain Injury In Children
Brain injury is the most frequent cause of death and disability among infants, children and adolescents. A blow to the head of a child can cause brain damage in an instant, and can affect vision, speech, hearing, sense of touch, breathing and mobility. It was once thought that children could recover from brain injuries better than adults could. However, new research has shown that children are mare susceptible than adults to permanent brain damage even when the forces involved are equivalent. Brain injury in youth’s participating in full contact sports has also increased dramatically in the past several years. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopath (CTE) is an incurable and debilitating disease that is caused by repeated trauma to the head in contact sports.
California Brain Injury Lawyer
Brian injuries can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. Medical costs can add up quickly and overwhelm most families. The victim may experience physical disabilities, speech and sensory difficulties, mental problems, emotional and personality changes, and require life long treatment and care. It is therefore essential that you contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Ingrid Evans. We will help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. Under the law, those responsible for your injury are liable for all associated costs, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, special medical equipment, and other damages. Call a California Brain Injury Lawyer today for a free case evaluation.