If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to an accident, those of us at Johnson Attorneys Group would like to wish you a quick and complete recovery. A brain injury can happen in a split second. Mild brain injury cases may result in a brief change in mental state or consciousness, while severe cases may result in extended periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death. If the negligent party or your insurance company is reluctant to adequately compensate the losses that you have suffered due to head trauma, you can get the legal services of our California personal injury attorneys. Accidents causing brain injury may be as a result of the negligence of others, therefore making the negligent party liable for any damages caused. We understand that patients suffering from a brain injury may have special needs, and our personal injury attorneys are sensitive to these needs. Moreover, we take our time to ensure that our clients and their families understand the legal process. Our aim is to ensure that our clients not only get compensated for any pain that they may be suffering but to also help them find qualified doctors who are experienced in the latest treatments. We take an active role in the medical treatment of our clients by ensuring that our clients have access to the best medical doctors and ensuring that the medical bills are paid.
Johnson Attorneys Group represents people who have suffered a serious head injury caused by negligent operators of motor vehicles and we understand our clients’ needs for quick and ongoing care and treatment. Call us today for a free case brain injury case evaluation and see how our firm can help you restore your financial circumstance and long-term health. Call 800-208-3538 today.
About Brain Injuries
An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is defined as any damage to the brain that occurs after birth and can result in cognitive, physical, and psychological dysfunction. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a result of an injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain and is most commonly a result of motor vehicle accidents when an object forcefully hits your head or when an object passes through your skull and brain. A concussion is considered a mild TBI. It is important to note that the pain and misery that brain injuries cause cannot be adequately summarized in the description given above. An anoxic brain injury is a serious injury that can cause severe cognitive problems and disabilities and results from a lack of oxygen to the brain.
After an accident, it is important that the victim undergoes a complete medical examination of both the brain and the rest of the body. However, these early medical examinations may miss a brain injury in its early stages. It is therefore important that you check for any symptoms of a brain injury.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons states that symptoms of a brain injury vary, but may include:
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Signs and symptoms of a TBI may include but are not limited to:
- Persistent headaches and neck pain.
- Regular vomiting and nausea.
- Lack of balance and dizziness.
- Paralysis of any limbs or body parts.
- Slow pulse or breathing rate, with an increase in blood pressure.
- Moodiness, accompanied by a sudden change in moods.
- Slurred speech.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Seizures or convulsions.
- Difficulty in focusing thoughts, or excessive focus on a single thought.
- Impaired hand/eye coordination.
- Inability to express oneself using words.
- Diminished sense of sight, hearing or taste.
- Cerebrospinal fluid coming out of nose or ears.
If you find yourself suffering from one or more of the symptoms above, visit a doctor and get checked out immediately. An early detection might ensure a better recovery and outcome. A CT scan or MRI may be necessary to confirm a brain injury.
California Brain Injury Statistics
- Every year, a staggering 1.4 million people suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the United States.
- Patients with moderate head injuries do not fare as well. Approximately 60 percent will make a positive recovery, and an estimated 25 percent will be left with a moderate degree of disability. Death or a persistent vegetative state will be the outcome in about 7 to 10 percent of cases. The remainder of patients will have a severe degree of disability.
- The group comprised of severely head-injured patients has the worst outcomes. Only 25 to 33 percent of these patients have positive outcomes. Moderate disability and severe disability each occur in about a sixth of patients, with moderate disability being slightly more common. About 33 percent of these patients do not survive. The remaining few percent remain persistently vegetative.
California Vehicle Code to Wear a Helmet
Under California Vehicle Code §27803, the law requires that a motorcycle rider wears a helmet anytime he or she is riding. The helmet is intended to protect the motorcycle rider’s head and brain from injury in case of an accident. However, even though a helmet may reduce the severity of a head injury to a motorcycle rider in case of an injury, it does not eliminate the risk of permanent head injuries like a TBI. Therefore, even if a motorcycle rider might not have been wearing a helmet when an accident occurred, an attorney may argue that even with the helmet, the injury that the client suffered may not have been prevented. It is especially important to contact a personal injury lawyer when you have been injured on a motorcycle.
Compensation for Your Brain Injury in California
When calculating compensation, the extent of damage to both the person who was involved in the accident and his or her family is determined. A TBI patient may be unable to work, may require full-time care, brain surgery, and/or extensive and expensive medical treatment.
Compensation may include the following:
- Medical treatment
- Doctor’s treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Physical damage
- Lost wages and lost future earnings
Our personal injury attorneys at Johnson Attorney Group ensure that the victim receives full compensation for future medical care, pain and suffering and the loss of earnings. If you do not have medical insurance, our firm can arrange for your medical treatment by working with the hospitals to accept payment on a lien basis.
We Are Here for You – Contact Our California Accident Lawyers for a Free Brain Injury Case Review
If you know someone who has suffered a TBI, contact the car accident lawyers at Johnsons Attorney Group for a free case evaluation. For us, the client comes first, and we aim to provide effective legal service to our clients through personal attention by our attorneys. The personal injury lawyers at Johnsons Attorney Group represent victims who have suffered head injuries due to negligence by other road users. We understand that a client suffering from TBI requires quick and ongoing care and treatment. Call us today at 800-208-3538 for a free personalized consultation with our firm.
California Brain Injury Recovery Resources:
California Traumatic Brain Injury Information Hotline
Operated by: Betty Clooney Foundation for Persons with Brain Injury
Toll-Free Number: 888-824-6724