Brain Injury Attorney in Los Angeles
According to the Center for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries account for roughly 30% of all injury-related fatalities in the United States; as such, they are one of the most severe forms of personal injury. The Joseph Farzam Law Firm’s objective is to provide dedicated and expert legal representation for victims of severe head trauma resulting in a brain injury. Please review the information below regarding brain injuries, the litigation process for brain injuries, and resources for those who have suffered head trauma.
If you or a loved one has suffered head trauma or brain injury resulting from a traffic accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian injury, slip and fall, or dog attack incident contact our offices for a free case evaluation at (310) 226-6890.
Common Accidents and Incidents leading to Brain Injury Diagnosis
While any significant impact or trauma to the head could potentially result in a brain injury, some of the most common causes are:
- Slip and Falls
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Assault and Battery and Violent Crimes
- Gun Shooting and Assaults with Deadly Weapons
- Falling Objects and flying debris
- Explosions involving intensive wave pressure
An estimated 600,000 brain injuries per year are caused by slip/trip and fall accidents, and another 300,000 brain injuries are the result of traffic collisions. Collision or impact leads to injuries through a process known as “diffuse axonal shearing,” wherein the force of the impact causes the brain to move inside of the skull and bounce off the bone. Due to differences in consistency, this causes axons (spinal and brain nerve cells) to tear or “shear” and neurons to die. Secondary and prolonged effects of an initial impact may cause further damage to the brain, such as hemorrhaging, oxygen deprivation (hypoxia,) and swelling (cerebral edema.)
Signs and Symptoms
Initial signs and symptoms of a brain injury are numerous and can differ bases on the severity of the initial impact and the individual victim’s general health. Common symptoms include:
- Cognitive issues
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Constant headaches
- Loss of executive functions, including decreased intellectual abilities
- Behavioral changes, including the onset of personality disorders or psychiatric disorders like Attention Deficit Disorder
- Loss of memory
- Language disorders/ speech difficulties
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Those who sustain a traumatic brain injury must receive immediate treatment from neurologists to determine the exact cause, nature, and severity of the brain injury. Due to the numerous causes and resulting types of brain injuries, the diagnostic process is extensive and often includes MRIs, CT or PET scans, electroencephalograms (checks for abnormalities in a record of electric brain activity,) memory and cognitive tests, cranial nerve examinations, and more.
- Skull Fractures: Not all skull fractures require that the skin to be broken; as such, they are sometimes challenging to detect. Subtypes include linear fractures, depressed skull fractures, and compound skull fractures. External signs include swelling, bleeding or tenderness at the fracture site, bleeding or bruising beneath the eyes, behind the ears, or from the nasal cavities. Neurologists prefer to use X-rays and CT scans for diagnosis.
- Brain Hemorrhage: Internal bleeding resulting from a high—force impact to the head is called a brain hemorrhage (also known as a stroke.) These are common in slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, and when the head is impacted by falling objects or debris.
- Repetitive Brain Impact: Repeated blows to the head often result from involvement in sports activities including American football, soccer, boxing, MMA ice hockey, lacrosse, and other sports, as well as dangerous workplace conditions on construction sites and in manufacturing facilities.
Other Common Brain Injuries include
- Mild to Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury
- Diffuse Axonal Injury
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Closed Head Brain Injury
- Penetrating Head Brain Injury
Compensation for Your TBI – Recovery for Your Brain Injury Claim
The litigation of brain injury cases holds many challenges, including the requirement of expert testimony from medical practitioners, extensive and highly specific discovery, and tedious, expert legal representation. Joseph Farzam Law Firm has years of experience handling a variety of unique and challenging personal injury cases, including those involving traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries; as such, we have the experience and background needed to bring your case to a satisfactory settlement.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
The attorneys of Joseph Farzam Law Firm have litigated thousands of cases, recovering tens of millions of dollars from all major insurance carriers. Our dedicated legal team cares deeply for our clients and makes it a personal mission to ensure that justice is served, and you are given full restitution for your injuries. We have tremendous passion for the practice of law and will zealously litigate your case until justice is served.
For a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys, contact us toll free at (310) 226-6890.