A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating effects on both victims and their families. Less severe brain injuries, such as a single concussion, may not result in lasting, permanent damage. However, repeated brain injuries or more severe blows to the head can have long-term consequences, affecting memory, motor skills, and more. A traumatic brain injury attorney at Bennett Johnson, LLP can understand the effects these catastrophic injuries have. We have helped countless brain injury victims in the Oakland, CA, area recover settlements and awards to compensate for their injuries and restore their sense of financial security. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident and you suffered a head injury, you need expert legal representation. Contact our law firm today to speak with a member of our team about your case.
Know the Facts About Head Injuries in California
Two million people sustain head injuries in the United States every year. Of these head injuries, more than 500,000 are severe enough to warrant hospitalization. As you can see from these statistics, head injuries are not an uncommon problem. These serious injuries are caused by a wide range of circumstances, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Recreational and sports accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
While motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries, they are also common in contact sports like football and hockey. In those cases, repeated concussions are more often the culprit than a singular injury. Brain injuries can also occur under the care of a medical professional. Lack of oxygen during surgical procedures or overdoses of medication can all lead to brain injury.
Two million people sustain head injuries in the United States every year. Of these head injuries, more than 500,000 are severe enough to warrant hospitalization.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Disorientation or confusion
- Extreme fatigue
- Sudden sleepiness or drowsiness
- Loss of taste, vision, or smell
- Difficulty understanding others
- Seizures and convulsions
- Unconsciousness or a coma
- Fractured skull
- Frequent or severe headaches
- Slurred speech
- Fluid that drains from the nose, ears, or mouth
- Changes in personality
Unfortunately, many head injuries go undiagnosed every year. If you have reason to believe that you or a loved one may have suffered a head injury in an accident, even weeks or months after the event, you should not hesitate to discuss this possibility with your doctor. By ordering x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, your healthcare provider can determine whether or not you sustained neurological damage.
Long-Term Damages from a Traumatic Brain Injury
Sadly, some traumatic brain injuries are fatal. Survivors of these catastrophic injuries face a long road to recovery or permanent damage. While there are immediate costs, such as emergency medical treatment and medications, some victims will require a lifetime of medical care, which can lead to a mountain of medical bills.
Even minor brain injuries can cause permanent damage. Additional brain injuries compound this damage, worsening the effects. The long-term damages victims suffer vary greatly based on the severity of the injury and the location of the injury within the brain. A traumatic brain injury can lead to several types of long-term complications:
- Cognitive Impairment: Victims may struggle to pay attention or concentrate. They may also suffer short or long-term memory loss. Victims may become confused or begin acting impulsively or erratic.
- Physical Complications: Traumatic brain injury can lead to physical disabilities, including paralysis and loss of bladder or bowel control (or both). Other physical effects may include sleep disorders, chronic pain, and extreme fatigue.
- Speech and Language Disorders: Someone with a brain injury may develop speech or language disorders, which may include difficulty with verbal communication, as well as trouble understanding others or making themselves understood. Other brain injury victims may lose the ability to read and write.
- Vision and Hearing Impairment: Brain injuries can have an impact on the ability to see and hear. Brain injury victims may experience a total or partial loss of vision, become hyper-sensitive to light, or experience double or blurred vision. Victims may also partially or completely lose their hearing, or develop tinnitus—a ringing in the ears.
- Behavioral Changes: A brain injury may cause behavioral and emotional changes in victims. For example, they may become irritable, depressed, aggressive, or impulsive.
- Sensory Changes: Victims may experience changes in their ability to smell and taste certain things. They may also notice a difference in the way things feel to the touch.
When to Seek Restitution for a Brain Injury
If your injury resulted from another party’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be entitled to compensation. It is critical to work with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney who understands the complexity of these cases. When you contact our attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP, we will personally investigate your claim to identify all negligent parties.
We exhaust all possibilities so you can get the restitution and compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will fight for your right to compensatory damages for:
- Wages and benefits lost as a result of your injury
- Any and all medical expenses stemming from your injury
- Reduction in or total loss of earning capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Because traumatic brain injuries can cause irreversible changes to a victim’s personality and behavior, our attorneys may also seek damages on behalf of the victim’s loved ones. These damages cover the loss of companionship, love, and nurturing a spouse, child, or parent may feel after a brain injury.
Injury Attorneys Serving the East Bay Since 1981
Attorney Richard Bennett is a member of the National Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and the Brain Injury Association of America. As a team, the attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP understand the far-reaching impact these types of injuries can have on the lives of those they affect, as well as their families. If you have sustained a brain injury due to negligence, speak with one of our attorneys today. Contact Bennett Johnson, LLP today so we can begin working on your case.