Traumatic brain injuries are common in nearly every type of accident. Closed brain injuries, common in things such as motor vehicle accidents, occur when the head is impacted in a violent manner, but the skull is not penetrated. Open brain injuries occur when the skull is pierced and brain tissue is penetrated, and are common in things such as construction accidents. If a loved one has experienced an open or closed brain injury, then you need help from our Bakersfield brain injury attorney.
Both open and closed head injuries can cause significant brain damage. Even when a brain injury is classified as mild, the long-term consequences can have a major impact on your cognitive and physical abilities. This type of traumatic injury often results in ongoing medical intervention, but full recovery may be impossible.
If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in any type of accident, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine online or by calling (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation today. We maintain offices in Bakersfield and Manhattan Beach to better serve victims of TBI throughout California.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Brain injury symptoms can vary drastically depending on the type of injury and extent of damage that has been done. In mild cases, brain injury symptoms may include temporary confusion, headache, or even a short loss of consciousness. However, even these mild symptoms should be brought to the attention of a medical professional as soon as possible. Left untreated, brain injury can result in permanent damage.
Symptoms of serious or traumatic brain injury may include:
- Loss of consciousness or inability to respond to others
- Uneven pupil dilation
- Vision issues including blindness
- Headache and nausea
- Ear ringing or hearing loss
- Inability to speak
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulties breathing
- Loss of sensation in body parts
These symptoms of brain injury are often noticed on the scene of an accident, but brain injury is not always diagnosed quickly.
Symptoms that may occur days or even weeks after your accident include:
- Vertigo or problems balancing
- Feeling sleepy or constantly fatigued
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Inability to process new information
- Lapses in good judgment
- Loss of attention span
- Emotional changes including irritation and anxiety
- Laughing, crying, or yelling at inappropriate times
Each person experiences brain injury in a different way, but all brain injuries can result in a permanent loss of function and may require extensive medical treatment to help overcome. When your brain injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help ensure you are provided the compensation you will require to make the best recovery possible.
Brain Injury Recovery
Recovery from brain injury is a long and often difficult process – and there is no guarantee that all function and ability will be restored. Costs associated with brain injury recovery typically reach hundreds of thousands of dollars and can even extend into the millions in severe cases. These costs are seldom fully covered by insurance companies. Those associated with noneconomic damages – such as pain and suffering – will not be covered at all. This is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side as soon as possible following your accident.
Medical expenses associated with brain injury begin with emergency care. This can include surgical intervention and hospitalization to stabilize the patient and often extends to long-term hospital care. During the recovery process, professionals who will require payment for your treatment may include:
- Nurses and physicians
- Psychologists and psychiatrists
- Speech, occupational, and physical therapists
- In-home care providers
Costs associated with these services can quickly exceed insurance settlements. When this happens and no legal action has been taken, victims and their families may find themselves without many options. To avoid this, it is best to have a brain injury attorney on your side before you even consider an insurance settlement.
Bakersfield personal injury attorney Mickey Fine has decades of experience helping families get proper compensation following brain injury. Taking all of your damages into account, Attorney Fine will build a strong case on your behalf and take it as far as necessary to help see that you are provided compensation for all current and future expenses.
To schedule your free consultation with our Bakersfield brain injury attorney, please call (661) 333-3333 today.