Experiencing a traumatic brain injury is one of the most testing experiences a person can go through, which is why it’s so important to have an Oakland traumatic brain injury attorney to advocate on your behalf. Many find that there’s a total shift in the way they interact with the world around them, as well as significant personality changes. When that brain injury arises as a result of someone else’s actions or negligence, seeking compensation is a way to regain some control over your life. At Quirk Reed LLP, our legal team is here to help you achieve a financial settlement that provides you with the security and resources you need to move on with your life.
Defining traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries arise following jolts or violent blows to the brain. For example, falling from a tall structure or being involved in a vehicle collision. In some cases, they arise when something penetrates the skull and makes contact with the brain. One example of this is a gunshot wound.
Traumatic brain injuries range between being mild and severe in nature. At the milder end of the scale, temporary changes to the brain cells can lead to a concussion, memory loss, and symptoms such as headaches. When a severe brain injury occurs, the consequences depend on its location. They can become as far-reaching as loss of motor function (your movements) and permanent personality changes due to prefrontal cortex alterations.
Common causes of TBIs
The most common cause of a TBI is a fall. It’s probably not surprising that children and elderly persons are particularly prone to such circumstances. With such incidents, it can become difficult to establish whether someone else was at fault. If these falls happen in a care facility, that may be the case.
Unintentional blunt trauma
Unintentional blunt trauma occurs when the head strikes or is struck by an object. One example of this is sports injuries, especially those that involve a high degree of contact such as football.
Blunt trauma arises as a result of circumstances such as car accidents. When this happens, you may need a traumatic brain injury attorney to determine whether the other party was at fault. Another unfortunate example of blunt trauma is an assault.
Penetrating traumas usually arise from gunshot wounds. In a small number of incidents, they occur following an assault using a blunt object or knife.
As the least common cause of TBIs, roadside blasts are more likely to occur in conflict environments. However, you may experience similar effects from occupational blasts or blasts as a result of residential gas networks being poorly connected.
What are the effects of a traumatic brain injury?
According to the CDC, there were 2.87 million traumatic brain injury emergency department visits in 2014. That same year, every day more than 150 people died as the result of injuries that included a TBI. Some of the effects of these injuries include:
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems speaking
- Excessive sleeping
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Alterations to taste and smell, including the absence of taste and smell as well as unusual tastes and smells.
- Becoming more sensitive to light and sound
- Difficulty concentrating
- Long-term memory loss
- Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- A reduction in fine motor control
- Loss of movement in certain parts of the body
- Long-term personality changes, including becoming more aggressive than usual
As you can see, the effects of these injuries can reduce the sufferer’s quality of life. Even the milder symptoms soon start to feel frustrating. For example, when you’re unable to sleep as well as you would like, you enjoy the following day less and concentrating on work becomes difficult.
At the more severe end of the scale, problems with concentrating and movement may prevent you from working and indulging in your usual activities. Over time, you may need long-term medical care, as well as assistance around the home.
Traumatic brain injuries can become medically challenging
As of 2019, there were more than 30 large-scale clinical trials focusing on severe traumatic brain injuries. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, TBIs are particularly challenging for doctors to tackle. This is because each person comes with a unique set of challenges, making it difficult to establish a cure for the symptoms they’re experiencing.
Although mild to moderate injuries may benefit from medical input, severe injuries require supportive care. When you’ve suffered from a severe TBI or a member of your family has, this may result in medical bills that become excessively expensive. That’s why the personal injury lawyer team at Quirk Reed, LLP feels passionate about fighting for financial retribution.
Our TBI attorneys will help you find justice
Traumatic brain injury lawyers can help you find justice when your injury occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence. As this is a challenging area of law to navigate, you need a team of passionate experts who will fight for you. At Quirk Reed, we are those experts.
While fighting for your right to compensation, we explore numerous avenues. They include:
- A loss of wages and employment-related benefits following your injury
- Any medical expenses you incur and those you’re likely to incur
- A loss of earning capacity or a reduction in your potential earning capacity
- Emotional trauma and physical pain, including PTSD
If you’re seeking justice for a loved one, we can help. When someone you care about suffers from the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms of a TBI, your life becomes challenging too. Although seeking damages won’t bring them back, compensation can make adjusting to life with a loved one who isn’t the same as they once were easier. Additionally, damages provide much-needed support if you need to take time away from work to care for them.
As fierce advocates for personal injury victims through California and Nevada, we’re here to help you find justice after a traumatic brain injury. To learn more about what we can do, call (888) 858-1925.