Glendale Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer. Often, these injuries result in severe physical and cognitive limitations that completely alter the victim’s way of life. In many cases, the victim’s family members and loved ones will also need to change their lives to accommodate their loved one’s new challenges. Even in the event that the victim makes a full recovery, the cost of medical treatment for a brain injury can be overwhelming.
If you or your loved one was diagnosed with a TBI after an accident or incident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Aghabegian & Associates, PC. Our Glendale personal injury attorneys can help you work to recover the full, fair compensation you are owed for the total lifetime costs of the injury. Since 1998, we have successfully secured $125 million for our clients in Glendale, Los Angeles, and throughout the San Fernando Valley.
Call Aghabegian & Associates, PC at (818) 507-4311 today for a free, confidential case evaluation with a member of our legal team.
The brain is encased by thick bone called the skull. However, the skull can’t protect the brain from everything. This is because the brain has some space between it and the bone. This space contains cerebrospinal fluid, and it gives the brain tissue room to spread out if it begins to swell. However, while this space is useful, also means that the brain can move around, and when force is suddenly exerted on the head, it also means the brain may slam into the sides of the skull, leading to damage.
Of course, that is when the skull remains intact. Like any bone in the body, the skull can break. A pedestrian who is hit by a fast-moving car could crack her skull open. This would lead to serious brain damage. Any accident that involves enough force can easily bruise or tear the brain. In our experience, some of the accidents that most commonly lead to brain damage are:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Swimming pool falls and drownings
- Dog attacks
- Construction site accidents
- Negligent security
Not all brain injuries are made equal. The kind you suffer will impact what treatments you should seek to what side effects you may have as a result. However, no matter what kind of TBI you believe you are suffering from, you should always seek a doctor’s diagnosis, and never try to treat or diagnose yourself.
TBIs come in a variety of shapes and forms. Your TBI will need to be properly assessed by a medical professional to determine the right path to recovery. Based on your symptoms, you may be able to determine the type of TBI you are suffering from and how to immediately respond to after an accident. Types of TBI include:
- Concussion: The most well-known TBI, a concussion is a sudden jolt to the brain that is often caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking. It may include bruising, dizziness, loss of consciousness, nausea, and memory loss. Individuals with mild concussions may only need to rest to fully recover, but severe concussions will require immediate medical attention to determine the best course of treatment.
- Contusion: Contusion is a broad term for bruising, and in the case of TBIs it is the internal bleeding of the brain. This can cause swelling, confusion, loss of consciousness, mood swings, and further damage to the brain. Mild contusions may only require hospitalization and observation, but severe injuries can require brain surgery to remove the bleeding.
- Coup-contrecoup: Where most contusions only effect the area of impact, coup-contrecoup are bruises that occur on both the impact site and the opposite side of the brain. Treatment is similar to standard contusions and multiple CT scans and MRIs may be employed to ensure the bleeding has stopped.
- Diffuse axonal injury: Violent trauma to the brain can cause tearing of nerve tissue and can be fatal. Individuals may lose consciousness for up to six hours and may slip into a vegetative state. Treatment for severe injuries generally involves medication to reduce the brain’s swelling and therapy to manage any permanent changes to the brain.
- Penetrating injury: Sometimes referred to as open head injuries, penetrating injuries occur when the skull is broken open, such as from knife wounds, gunshots, or sharp objects. These injuries include bleeding, loss of consciousness, confusion, and death. Treatment involves immediate medical care that can include surgery.
It is also important to note that concussions, contusions, and coup-contrecoup can not only occur from being struck in the head, but also from violent shaking and even whiplash. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body and all traumatic brain injuries should be reviewed by a doctor to properly diagnose the injury.
All brain injuries—even those categorized as “mild”—are incredibly serious. It is important that you know the symptoms of a TBI so that you can seek adequate medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident. If you suspect that you, your loved one, or another person has suffered a brain injury, contact 911 or seek medical attention right away.
Some of the symptoms of a TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurry vision
- Slurred words
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Mood swings
- Changes in normal behavior
- Sensitivity to light/sound
Remember, it is always best to play it safe and seek medical attention if you have any reason to believe that you or someone else has suffered a brain injury. If you or your loved one has already been diagnosed with a TBI and you believe someone else is at fault, contact our Glendale brain injury attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. The costs of a TBI can be overwhelming. That means seeking compensation is always your best step forward.
Brain injuries are not easy to recover from. Your brain is an incredibly complex organ, and any injuries to it are equally complex to repair. Medications, physical therapy, and surgeries will all be required to try and help the brain heal. In some cases, medically induced comas may be needed. Of course, there is never a guarantee that these treatments will have the desired effect. Even after a successful surgery or months with a physical therapist, you may be left with a lifelong disability. A brain injury could result in:
- Vision loss
- Chronic migraines
- Memory issues
- Intellectual difficulties
These side effects can be difficult to live with, as well as costly. Vision loss or paralysis could leave you unable to perform your normal duties at work, leaving you without a job. Seizures could cost a great deal in medication, and, depending on their severity, may leave you unable to drive or live independently. All of that adds up to high medical bills with no way to pay them off. Seeking proper compensation from the at-fault party, not just for your immediate costs but for future costs, is of the utmost importance. Doing so, however, will require expert legal help.
TBI cases are often very complex; simply diagnosing a brain injury can be a difficult and lengthy process. On top of this, the cost of medical treatment for a TBI—including CT/imaging scans, surgeries, medications, and more—can be exorbitant, easily exceeding millions of dollars over the course of the victim’s lifetime. Additionally, the victim will likely need to take at least some time off work to receive treatment and may even be permanently unable to return to work. The loss of income can add increased stress on families already attempting to navigate the multitude of physical, emotional, and financial burdens that accompany a TBI.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we understand that the road to recovery can be long, difficult, and emotionally draining for everyone involved. Our attorneys are here to handle every aspect of your personal injury case so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life. We are aggressive and zealous advocates for our clients.
Discuss your unique situation with our legal team today; call (818) 507-4311 or submit an online contact form to get started.
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