When you live in one of California’s busy cities, injury-causing mishaps are often unavoidable. In many instances, people walk away from accidents with only minor damage; however, other injured victims endure life-changing conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, following their accidents.
Many everyday occurrences can cause brain injuries, which may occur on business properties, construction sites, in homes, in public spaces, or during car accidents. Brain injuries happen when accidents or intentional acts cause a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Workers can receive head injuries when they fall from elevated surfaces, and children can sustain concussions and other brain trauma while playing or participating in organized sports or on playgrounds.
The occurrences that cause TBIs are usually sudden and unpredictable, but injured people and their families deal with common issues. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) alters the way people live. Injured individuals often endure emergency and in-patient medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation, while others may develop a slower onset of symptoms. In some cases, they must manage a lifetime of medical bills, recovery efforts, decreased earnings, and economic losses.
When a person, a business, a corporation, or any other entity is responsible for a brain injury, that party should pay for the damages.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we’ve always done everything within our power to make responsible parties pay. Our personal injury attorneys are respected professionals. They’ve earned awards and gained respect for their legal and community accomplishments. When we’ve handled cases for our injured clients and their families, we’ve committed our time, manpower, and legal resources to produce the best outcomes.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys we have been delivering results and serving people in California including:
Our attorneys have taken the time to understand how a brain injury changes an injured person’s life. We understand that treatment, recovery efforts, income losses, and medical expenses are often ongoing and costly. We’ve worked with medical and economic experts to properly evaluate what that means to each individual. Our clear focus and experience have allowed us to produce the best outcomes for our injured clients.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have negotiated, settled, or tried some of the most complex brain injury cases in the country. Through persistent effort over the past 10 years, we have won over $500 million in judgments and settlements. Our personal injury lawyers have produced consistently successful results because we understand the issues and prepare a winning strategy for each case.
We’ve always believed that it’s important to resolve cases based on what’s best for our injured clients and their families. When defendants and their attorneys responded fairly, we’ve negotiated on our clients’ behalf. When aggressive negotiations haven’t produced the results our clients required, we’ve presented our evidence in court.
Our case results demonstrate our firm’s dedication to our injured clients and our willingness to work hard to produce the best outcomes.
A brain injury usually occurs due to a jolt, bump, or blow to the head that’s causes an alteration consciousness. The type of head trauma that causes a brain injury is often the consequence of an unexpected event. Consider the following:
A brain injury presents varying challenges depending on the person, the extent of the injury, and the location of the trauma in the brain. Patients often bounce back quickly from mild brain trauma, but for others, even with mild trauma, their symptoms may last months, years, or even be permanent. It’s vastly different for those with the most serious injuries.
As the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) explains, only 20 to 40 percent of TBI patients survive when they have a “profound disturbance of consciousness.” Some patients with severe brain injuries remain in a vegetative state or a coma for an extended period. Vegetative TBI patients show signs of awareness, such as sleep cycles, eye-opening, and reactions to loud noises. Comatose patients display no eye-movement, physical reactions, or other signs of awareness.
The NIDILRR describes moderate to severe TBI as a lifelong condition. When a seriously injured patient reaches maximum recovery, he or she must still learn to manage a range of temporary and permanent impairments as well as lifestyle issues.
Patients recovering from moderate to severe TBIs must learn to manage cognitive, emotional, behavioral, sensory, and physical issues. Severely brain-injured patients usually begin comprehensive rehabilitation before they leave the hospital. Healthcare organizations structure programs to help patients address multiple issues that frequently require attention over a lifetime.
TBI patients participate in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. They relearn compromised skills and develop coping strategies to overcome memory, language, physical strength, and other long term issues.
People sustain traumatic brain injuries in many situations and circumstances. As with every injury case, a thorough investigation will help reveal the responsible parties. The list of potentially negligent individuals and entities changes depending on the nature of the accident, but may include:
Settlements and judgments include economic damages, general damages, and sometimes punitive damages. Economic damages reimburse an injured victim for out-of-pocket costs. A settlement includes lost wages, medical bills, and other current and projected future expenses.
General damage settlements pay an injured person for emotional and psychological damages. These may include:
Courts sometimes award punitive damages to punish responsible parties. A plaintiff must show clear and convincing evidence that a defendant committed an act of malice, oppression, or fraud to receive punitive damages.
Traumatic brain injuries produce lifelong impairments and are costly for the person living with the injury. Consequently, TBI cases have high dollar values. Responsible parties and their insurance companies enlist defense strategies designed to avoid paying the full amount of an injured plaintiff’s damages. They don’t always settle, even when it’s the most reasonable course of action. This occurs for several reasons.
In some cases, defendants rely on creative defenses to convince a judge or jury to render a verdict favorable to the defense. They hope to at least produce a lower judgment than the plaintiff’s demand.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our experience and firm resources give us an edge when trying a TBI case. Long before entering a courtroom, we’ve evaluated the evidence and prepared our cases for trial. Defense attorneys and insurers understand that our firm has never let preparation time and expenses, creative defense strategies, or trial costs interfere with our drive to provide our clients with the best possible legal outcomes. We know how to these counter defense tactics.
If you or a family member is struggling with a traumatic brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, please take the proper steps to protect your legal rights. TBI injuries can prove challenging, and the consequences often last a lifetime. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have the experience, dedication, and resources to produce results. Call us today at (866) 395-6792 or complete our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.