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 violently, 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 an 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 to better serve victims of TBI throughout California.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents can all cause their victim’s brain injuries. The force in which a human body is jostled around in a high-speed accident is often enough to cause brain injuries like minor concussions, to severe injuries like brain bleeds and skull fractures. According to the CDC, 20% of the brain injuries reported across the United States each year are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of TBI in the United States. In fact, these accidents account for 28% of the traumatic brain injuries throughout the United States each year according to the CDC. Slip and fall accidents are most common among people aged up to age 4 and people over the age of 75 years of age.
The construction industry poses many scenarios in which people can injure themselves. Instances of a slip and fall, scaffolding collapses, falling debris, and others can all cause a brain injury to a construction worker. It is important for workers to wear all proper safety equipment while on the job to protect themselves as best they can from a TBI occurring.
Common Symptoms of Brain Injuries
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.
Immediate Symptoms of a Brain Injury
- Loss of consciousness or inability to respond to others
- Uneven pupil dilation
- Vision issues including blindness
- Headaches 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.
Long-Term Symptoms of a Brain Injury
- 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 differently, 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.
How Are Brain Injuries Diagnosed?
There are many ways that brain injuries are diagnosed. Certain tests can be performed by medical professionals to diagnose concussions, and if the head injury is thought to be serious, imaging tests can be used to diagnose further what is wrong.
CT scans (Computed Tomography) – also known as CAT scans are image tests that use tomography. A CT scan generates two-dimensional images of “slices” using x-rays to reveal damaged areas of the brain.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image) scan – MRI tests use magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the brain. MRI scans are typically best for revealing brainstem and deep brain structural issues. Often, a medical professional will inject a dye to differentiate healthy tissue from the unhealthy tissue.
Angiography – the imaging technique is used to visualize the inside of blood vessels and organs in the body. It can be used to detect blood vessel pathology when a penetrating head trauma occurs.
Intracranial Pressure Monitor – this device is placed inside of the head and measures pressure that is present inside of the skull. When brain injuries result in brain swelling, this test can be very effective to reveal what can be done to stop the problem and stop additional damage from occurring.
The tests above are very important in diagnosing and treating head trauma. Please note that you should seek medical attention immediately if you believe you are suffering from a head injury to avoid further life-altering consequences.
Recovering From a Brain Injury
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 for 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.
Tips that can aid in your recovery from a brain injury include:
- Stay away from activities that could be a threat to reinjuring your head
- Follow the exact instructions your doctor gives you, and do not take any drugs that haven’t been prescribed to you
- Rest up
- If you encounter problems remembering things, write them down
- Do not drive until your doctor clears you to do so
Compensation for Brain Injuries
Your brain injury may be mild or very serious, but regardless of how “serious” it may appear, all brain injuries come with a price. You may suffer memory loss, headaches, behavioral changes, and struggle with living a normal life after a brain injury. Luckily, you don’t have to go about your struggle alone. If you have suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Hiring an experienced brain injury lawyer like Mickey Fine will help you recover the compensation that you need to move on with your life. Determining the amount of compensation you may be entitled to can be difficult and is dependent on certain circumstances of your case. Below, we will examine the types of damages you may be able to receive compensation for in brain injury case in Bakersfield.
Damages in Brain Injury Cases
In brain injury cases, there are two types of damages you can be compensated for.
Otherwise known as economic losses, special damages have to do with the money that you may lose in the process of your brain injury. These are also known as “out-of-pocket” expenses which include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Property damage
General damages are noneconomic losses that you may suffer in your brain injury case. This could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
The best way to learn what compensation you may be entitled to in your brain injury case is through a free one-on-one consultation with Mickey Fine. Mickey will listen to the facts of your case, conduct a thorough investigation, and pursue compensation from the at-fault party on your behalf.
Do I Need A Brain Injury Lawyer?
Costs associated with these brain injuries 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.