Talk to a Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyer
Traumatic brain injury affects more than two million Americans each year, leaving victims and their loved ones with significant physical, emotional, and financial issues. It doesn’t take a skull fracture to cause serious injury to the brain– long-term damage can follow from a sudden blow or jolt to the head.
If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to someone else’s negligence or reckless conduct, the skilled Los Angeles serious injuries attorneys at Salamati Law can help. Call now to speak with an experienced brain injury lawyer.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
According to the CDC, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is characterized by a disruption to the brain’s normal function due to a blow or strike against the head or a penetrating skull injury. Concussions account for nearly two-thirds of all brain injuries in the country. While these are generally considered less serious than “open” brain injuries, all TBIs can have negative long-term consequences. Statistics indicate that young children, adolescents, and adults aged 60 and older are most likely to sustain a TBI.
In our years of handling these complex cases, we have seen the devastating impact of car accident-related traumatic brain injuries leading to memory loss, coma, and cognitive dysfunction. A settlement or jury verdict cannot erase the harm done, but it can give victims and their loved ones the financial means to move forward with their lives.
Tenacious advocacy from a TBI lawyer
TBI may require years of intensive rehabilitation and recovery– a daunting prospect for even the most financially stable victims. Hospital and medical bills can quickly pile up, putting some at risk for bankruptcy and home foreclosure. For this reason, it’s imperative to choose a lawyer who will advocate on your behalf, fighting tirelessly for the maximum value of your claim.
You can rely on our in-depth expertise in personal injury and premises liability law that enables our team to pursue every channel of legal recovery. Over the past decade, attorney Sean F. Salamati and colleagues have procured millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients– helping them overcome catastrophic injury with dignity and the economic means to get the best treatments available. Whether a loved one suffered a brain injury from a motorcycle accident or during a fall, you want the right legal team in your corner. At Salamati Law, we provide aggressive, client-focused advocacy through every aspect of the legal process, letting victims focus on their health and recovery.
Leading causes of brain injuries
Sports activities, falls, work-related accidents, and vehicle collisions are common causes of brain injuries resulting in hospitalization. Any injury to the head or neck region can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear, or swell. Since symptoms aren’t always immediate, you may not even realize you have a brain injury.
Any force strong enough to jolt the brain within the skull can result in a TBI. Data shows that mild to moderate brain injuries are especially prevalent in American football, hockey, soccer, wrestling, boxing, and even cheerleading. Nearly 5 percent of high school, 6.3 percent of collegiate, and 6.7 percent of professional football players are diagnosed with sports-related concussions each season. But the actual numbers are likely much greater because concussions are regularly under-recognized, undiagnosed, and under-reported.
Among all age groups, falls are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations and fatalities. Data indicates that fall-related TBI deaths, especially among the elderly, have been steadily increasing, with people aged 75 and older at the highest risk.
CDC researchers believe the uptick in deaths can be attributed to the widespread use of blood thinners, which increases the likelihood of a subdural hematoma with grave complications. Moreover, the medical community lacks a full grasp of the mechanisms of TBI to confirm with certainty how individual patients will recover. A brain injury after a fall may result in multi-system impairment, and studies show that 50 percent of people who fall will do so again within the next 12 months.
Mild and severe brain injury symptoms
Brain injuries are categorized as either mild or severe. A mild traumatic brain injury involves a loss of consciousness or disorientation that lasts less than 30 minutes.
Common brain injury symptoms associated with mild TBI include:
- Feelings of spatial disorientation and confusion
- Loss of balance
- Memory problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unusual fatigue
- Feelings of anxiety and depression
- Problems concentrating
Moderate or severe TBI symptoms may also manifest in the following ways:
- Prolonged loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Dilation of pupils
- Headache that worsens
- Unrelenting nausea
- Numbness and tingling sensation in extremities
- Clear fluid draining from ears or nose
- Convulsions or seizures
- Profound confusion
- Vision problems
- Unusual behavior, agitation, extreme mood swings
With more severe brain injuries involving skull fractures, the accident victim requires immediate medical treatment. But even mild TBIs can cause life-altering problems that affect memory, behavior, and quality of life. A sudden jolt to the head may not result in loss of consciousness but can still cause a serious concussion and long-term effects.
Post-concussive symptoms may plague victims for years with debilitating headaches, blurry vision, insomnia, tinnitus, anxiety, and concentration, and short-term memory problems. Because TBIs are complex with a broad spectrum of symptoms and related impairments, victims must insist on a specialized medical evaluation and treatment plan.
Traumatic brain injury settlement money
We collaborate with medical experts and highly trained consultants to thoroughly evaluate your accident circumstances. As such, we can accurately determine the amount of monetary damages that will fairly compensate for life-long treatment and potential disability. In some cases, TBI victims may be unable to perform day-to-day tasks and need in-home assistance. These and other financial burdens are meticulously analyzed when filing a personal injury lawsuit.
An injury claim can seek compensation for:
- Past, present, and future hospital and medical costs
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Physical pain and mental distress
- Loss of income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of spousal consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Insurance companies are concerned with their bottom line and habitually deny claims based on misinformation. With the guidance of our attorneys– familiar with traumatic brain injuries and the accidents that cause them– victims stand a much stronger chance of financial recovery.
From initial consultation through settlement negotiations, Salamati Law is committed to the recovery of our clients. We have successfully handled TBI cases stemming from hospital malpractice, workplace accidents, car accidents, and brain injuries caused by unsafe and hazardous property conditions.
Experienced legal help for brain injury victims
After suffering a car accident brain injury, you need legal representation of the highest caliber. Mounting hospital and medical costs can yield an uncertain future for victims and their families.
Call our Los Angeles-based practice to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a dedicated brain injury lawyer. Our firm will determine if you have grounds for filing a personal injury or premises liability claim. There are no upfront costs, and we only get paid if a monetary recovery is made on your behalf. Reach out today. Se Habla Español.