With its sparse suburban feel, low crime rate, and high-performing school districts, Bonsall is an attractive place for families to settle. However, even a great place like Bonsall can be the site of horrific injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury in Bonsall, you could face obstacles during your recovery, including a dramatically different life, the inability to work, and the need for ongoing medical care. Worrying about how to pay for your injury-related expenses should not be one of the obstacles on your journey.
If your injury resulted from an accident caused by someone else, you may be eligible to recover injury-related expenses. The experienced Bonsall brain injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys can explain this process to you.
Several of our attorneys are previous recipients of the Trial Lawyer of the Year award, and over the past decade, we have collected over $350 million for our clients. Our consultations are free and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not charge you for our services unless and until we have helped you obtain a successful outcome to your case. Please call us today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as an injury “caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” According to the CDC, almost 300,000 people are hospitalized for TBIs each year across the United States. Leading causes for TBI hospitalizations include unintentional falls, especially for elders, and motor vehicle accidents.
The long-term impacts of a TBI are impossible to predict. The injury may involve one lobe, or part, of the brain, or damage may take place over the entire brain – this is called a diffuse injury. The injury may have involved penetration of an object through the protective bone of the skull or it may be a closed injury in which the damage results from a jolt, bump, or blow to the head rather than the penetration of an object.
A “mild” brain injury is often referred to as a concussion, but even concussions can result in long-lasting symptoms—mild only refers to the initial presentation of symptoms, not the long-term outcomes. Concussions are of particular concern to people who work in jobs with have a higher likelihood of concussions, such as military personnel and those who compete in contact sports.
A small list of brain injury symptoms includes:
When a person is taken to the emergency department for brain injury treatments, doctors may hospitalize patients until their condition stabilizes and they no longer need intensive care. At that point, they may consider releasing patients to:
Aside from the severity of the injury and the portion of the brain that was injured, an individual’s ability to recover from a brain injury is dependent on the plasticity of the brain, which is the ability of undamaged areas of the brain to take over the functions that were formerly handled by the brain’s damaged areas.
An estimated 1.5 to 2 million individuals suffer from traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. There are many causes of TBIs, but some of the more common causes include:
Brain injuries can cause significant impacts to a person’s ability to function. The impacts experienced depend on the severity of the injury and the part of the brain where the injury took place. Some effects of a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury include:
Intellectual deficits such as
Communication problems such as
Social issues such as
Behavioral problems such as
Emotional changes such as
Sensory problems such as
Physical issues such as
The damage caused by brain injuries may also place the individual at greater risk for degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, as well as a greater risk of blood clots or stroke due to damage to the blood vessels in the brain caused by the injury.
Brain injuries can impact every part of a person’s life, including:
The impacts of brain injuries ripple out over the community as a whole, as businesses grapple with lost productivity, social institutions attempt to find real-world solutions for brain injured people and their families, and taxpayers carry the burden of increases for government medical and social assistance and increases to their own insurance premiums. Caring for the country’s brain injured population produces a societal cost of more than $76 billion a year.
If you need legal guidance as to how to recover damages to help pay for your injury-related expenses and the impacts that your injury has had on your life, the experienced Bonsall brain injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys would be happy to listen to your story and see how we can assist.
We use every resource available to us to provide our clients with effective legal representation. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys online or call us at (866) 395-6792 today to share with us more about your Bonsall brain injury case.