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Instances of traumatic brain injury frequently occur because of another’s negligence or wrongdoing. Commonly resulting from vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, boating accidents, or otherwise, brain injuries cause tremendous amounts of pain and suffering for victims.
If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for damages suffered. The first step to claiming the compensation that is rightfully yours under California law is to contact top reviewed San Diego brain injury Mission Legal Center Personal Injury attorney today.
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What is a brain injury?
Depending on the type of injury and amount of force sustained by the head, the brain can be injured or damaged in many different ways. Brain injuries can occur as a result of a car accident, trucking accident, motorcycle accident, boating accident, slip and fall accident or other traumatic incident. Brain injuries can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. A traumatic brain injury disrupts the brain’s normal functioning. This can result in a concussion, unconsciousness or amnesia. Diagnosis and treatment for this condition can be expensive and life changing, and these types of injuries should not be taken lightly. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should contact a San Diego Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible.
Some startling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Head injuries are the leading cause of death in children and young adults
- Some major causes of traumatic brain injury: 28% falls, 20% motor vehicle accidents and 11% assaults
- Males are 1.5 times as likely as females to sustain a traumatic brain injury
- Age groups 0-4 year-olds and 15-19 year-olds are at the highest risk for these types of brain injuries
- Annually, roughly 475,000 traumatic brain injuries occur among children ages 0-14.
- African-Americans have the highest death rate from traumatic brain injuries
- Someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury every 21 seconds
- More than 80,000 of those who suffer a traumatic brain injury sustain permanent, irreversible damage
What are the different types of brain injuries?
- Acquired Brain Injury – A brain injury that results after birth.
- Can be categorized as traumatic like a fall or non-traumatic like a stroke
- Can be caused by medical negligence
- Two main types of acquired brain injury:
- Anoxic Brain Injury (caused when the brain is robbed of oxygen) including anoxic anoxia, anemia anoxia and toxic anoxia
- Hypoxic Brain Injury (caused by a sharp decrease in oxygen supply, damaging the spinal cord and brain cells) including strangulation, near drowning, choking, injury during childbirth, heart attack, stroke, AIDS, meningitis, drug and alcohol abuse, carbon monoxide poisoning and brain tumors
Concussion – The most common kind of traumatic brain injury.
- Categorized as a complex neurobehavioral syndrome
- May or may not include brain bleeding and/or swelling and skull fractures
- Recovery times range from a few months to a few years
- Caused by blows to the head, wounds from a gunshot, severe or violent shaking (whiplash)
- Common in contact sports, auto accidents, construction site accidents and assaults
- May or may not cause unconsciousness
- Can cause fatal blood clots
- Varying methods of treatment depending on the severity of the concussion
The injured person must seek medical care as soon as possible to be properly evaluated. In addition, a personal injury attorney or a San Diego accident attorney should be contacted as soon as possible.
- Contusions – Known as a bleeding bruise to the brain.
- Blood vessels are damaged or broken from a direct impact to the brain
- Occur in 20-30% of all severe head injuries
- May need to be removed surgically, but often heal on their own
- Coup-Contrecoup Injury – Known as an acceleration/deceleration injury.
- Caused by an impact that stops the head suddenly, causing the brain to slam into the skull
- Injury occurs at point of impact on the brain as well as the opposite side of impact
- Diffuse Axonal Injury – Caused by a violent shaking or strong rotation of the head.
- Occurs because the non-moving brain follows behind the movement of the skull, causing tearing in the brain structures
- Due to widespread tearing, the brain releases chemicals that actually can cause further injury
- Can cause temporary and permanent brain damage, coma and possibly death
- Hematoma – A collection of blood in the brain.
- Intracranial Hematoma – When the hematoma compresses the tissue of the brain
- Occurs when a blood vessel ruptures between the skull and the brain or within the brain
- Fluid that surrounds the brain can’t absorb the force of a sudden blow
- Potentially life-threatening
- Often requires immediate treatment and may require surgery
- Intracranial Hematoma – When the hematoma compresses the tissue of the brain
- Loss of Consciousness – Occurs when there is a shortage of oxygen to the brain as a result of a reduction in blood flow.
- Can be partial or complete
- Results in lightheadedness or “blacking out”
- Skull Fracture – When one or more of the bones in the skull breaks
- Usually a result of blunt force trauma
- Can cause damage to the membranes, blood vessels and the brain
- Four main types of fractures:
- Linear – extends through the thickness of the skull
- Depressed – bone fragments are pushed against the brain
- Basilar – occurs at the base of the skull
- Temporal – occurs at the temple of the skull
- Penetration Injury – Caused by objects that send hair, skin, bone and other fragments into the brain.
- Often occurs as a result of a gunshot or a knife wound
- Object causes a larger surface area of damage after it ricochets
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of a TBI depend on the severity of the injury and the part of the brain that’s affected. There can be a wide range of both physical as well as psychological signs and symptoms, especially since the brain is responsible for controlling thought, sensation, behavior and movement. It’s important to know the signs and seek medical and professional advice. Signs of Mild traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of balance
- Short period of unconsciousness
- Inability to concentrate
- Changes in mood
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Unusual or “bad” taste in the mouth
Signs of Moderate to Severe traumatic brain injury include:
- Recurring vomiting and/or nausea
- Recurring headache
- Difficulty or inability to wake up
- Numbness or weakness in the extremities
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Extreme state of confusion
What is the next step?
If you have suffered from a brain injury as a result of someone’s carelessness, contact Mission Legal Center. We are San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys with a proven record of success in helping those who have suffered a brain injury, to receive the necessary medical attention, care and treatment you need, in addition to compensation for future care you may require. Call for a free consultation, and case-specific guidance: 619-777-5555. You may also contact us, or follow us on Facebook.
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A: Brain injuries may include: Acquired Brain Injury, Concussion, Contusions, Coup-Countercoup Injuries, Diffuse Axonal Injuries, Hematomas, Loss of Consciousness, Skull Fractures, Penetration Injuries, and others.
A: Confusion, headache, dizziness, loss of balance, periods of unconsciousness, amnesia, inability to concentrate, changes in moods, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, unusual or bad taste in the mouth, seizures, convulsions, recurrent vomiting or diarrhea, recurring headache, difficulty or inability to wake up, numbness or weakness in extremities, slurred speech, loss of coordination, extreme state of confusion. Read more about brain injuries in San Diego here.
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