Are you struggling with a brain injury after an El Monte accident? Brain injuries can have immediate and long-lasting consequences in your life. You need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our El Monte brain injury lawsuits can help you maximize the amount of money you get. It is not uncommon for brain injury victims to face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, alone. While money will not guarantee that you fully recover, it can help to reduce the financial stress of your accident. Call our El Monte attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is “a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” These brain injuries happen more frequently than you may think. In fact, 2.8 million suffer a brain injury every year. The majority of brain injuries are relatively minor. However, traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States. Approximately one-third of accident-related fatalities involve a traumatic brain injury. More than 50,000 deaths are attributed to a brain injury every year.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are many different types of brain injuries. The classification of your injury will depend on how the brain was actually harmed.
Closed Brain Injury: The brain sits inside the skull and is surrounded by viscous fluid. This fluid helps to protect the brain if the outer skull is injured. A closed brain injury occurs when the brain moves within the skull. In most cases, the fluid becomes displaced and the brain makes contact with the inside of the skull. As a result, the brain can become bruised or damaged.
Closed brain injuries are often the result of:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Blunt force trauma, and
- Shaken baby syndrome.
Acquired Brain Injury: Some brain injuries can occur even if you do not suffer any external physical trauma. Instead, the brain becomes injured because of an internal issue.
Closed brain injuries are often the result of:
- Birth injury
- Lack of oxygen
- Surgical complications
- Drug overdose
- Tumor, and
- Toxic exposure.
Penetrating Brain Injury: Penetrating brain injuries occur when the skull is compromised. The brain is damaged because it is pierced by the skull or a foreign object.
Penetrating brain injuries are often the result of:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Construction accidents, and
- Defective products.
Causes of Brain Injury in El Monte
Accident victims are at an increased risk of suffering a brain injury. However, brain injuries tend to be reported after certain types of accidents more frequently than others.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for approximately 20 percent of all traumatic brain injuries. This includes:
Pedestrians and bicyclists who do not wear safety helmets are most likely to suffer a fatal brain injury.
Falls: Falls, particularly those involving children and the elderly, are the leading cause of brain injuries. In fact, more than one-third of all brain injuries are the result of a slip and fall.
Sports Injuries: Sports can be fun, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. Research has shown that individuals who engage in contact sports are susceptible to brain injuries. This is particularly true for children and young teens. Unfortunately, wearing a safety helmet may not protect the brain from trauma in contact sports or sports accidents.
Explosions: Explosions can be incredibly damaging to the brain. Military personnel and construction workers are most likely to suffer a brain injury because of an explosion. Explosions that are caused by defective products can also contribute to a brain injury.
Medical Malpractice: Brain injuries can also happen if a medical professional is negligent. Brain injuries may result because of improper surgical techniques, over-medication, birth injury, surgical infection, or anesthesia errors.
Assaults: Assaults and violence, including gunshot injuries and domestic violence, are also a fairly common cause of brain injury. In fact, assaults are responsible for 10 to 15 percent of traumatic brain injuries.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can range from moderate to severe.
Moderate Brain Injury Symptoms
It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of the following moderate brain injury symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Impaired vision or hearing
- Lapse in memory
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light and sound, or
- Loss of consciousness.
If your injury is not treated right away it could get much worse. It is not uncommon for complications to arise after a moderate brain injury.
Severe Brain Injury Symptoms
It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of the following severe brain injury symptoms:
- Frequent vomiting
- Fluids draining from the mouth, ears, or nose
- Excruciating headache
- Tingling or numbness in the hands, fingers, feet, or toes
- Slurred speech
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Coma, or
Consequences of a Brain Injury
The brain is responsible for most life functions. Each area of the brain, including the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, cerebellum and brain stem, is responsible for a different function. The consequences of your brain injury will depend on which area of the brain is harmed. Damage or injury can affect every aspect of your life.
Consequences of a brain injury include:
- Memory loss
- Limitation or loss of motor skills
- Drastic changes in behavior
- Changes in speech patterns
- Communication problems
- Inability to problem-solve
- Loss of the senses (e.g., taste, smell, touch)
- Impaired spatial perception
- Logic and reasoning impairment
- Depression and anxiety
- Paralysis, and
As you can see, brain injuries can have behavioral, emotional, physical, and cognitive consequences. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you have suffered trauma to the head.
Damages Available to Brain Injury Victims
The cost of a brain injury can be extraordinary. In 2000, the costs of traumatic brain injury totaled about $60 billion nationwide. This figure included direct medical costs as well as other indirect costs. It is not uncommon for victims suffering from a severe brain injury to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. The financial costs are only made worse by lost wages and disability.
If you are like most accident victims, you do not have enough saved away to cover the costs of a traumatic brain injury. Fortunately, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. This lawsuit can force the person who is to blame for your accident to compensate you for your injury. Our El Monte brain injury lawyers will aggressively fight to recover economic and non-economic damages on your behalf.
Economic damages help to compensate for the financial costs of your accident. They help to put you back in the financial position you were in before your brain injury. Our attorneys will fight to recover economic damages to compensate for:
- Medical expenses
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Lost income and wages
- Disability, and
- Reduced earning capacity.
Economic damages are limited to your actual and projected costs. We work with experts to make sure that any future economic losses are properly valued.
Non-economic damages are available to compensate for consequences of your injury that are difficult to value. Since these injuries are so subjective, the value of non-economic awards can vary significantly from one case to another. Our attorneys will fight to recover non-economic damages to compensate for:
- Chronic pain
- Emotional suffering
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement, and
We will thoroughly investigate your accident and injury. Identifying the severity and extent of your injuries is essential to proper valuation.
Statute of Limitations for Brain Injury Cases
You only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim for damages. California’s statute of limitations for bodily injury claims is two years. If you do not file your claim before the statute of limitations expires you won’t be able to get the money you deserve.
There are certain exceptions that can apply. The statute of limitations can be extended if:
- You do not discover your brain injury right away
- The victim is a minor
- The defendant cannot be located.
Make sure that your brain injury claim is filed on time by calling Joshua W. Glotzer, APC immediately after your accident. Our attorneys are here to help you through this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Call Our El Monte Brain Injury Lawyers
Have you or someone you love recently suffered a brain injury in an El Monte accident? If someone else is to blame, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our El Monte personal injury attorneys for immediate legal assistance. With our help, you can maximize your financial settlement or award. Call us today to schedule your free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and explain your legal rights.