San Diego Country Estates provides an idyllic lifestyle for those who enjoy back country adventures such as horseback riding, biking, hiking, and picturesque views from its many parks. However, even in such a beautiful place, carelessness and recklessness can lead to accidents and result in severe brain injuries. When this happens, you may need a California brain injury lawyer from Gomez Trial Attorneys.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a violent jolt or blow to the head that
results in damage to the brain.
Seek emergency medical care if you have suffered a blow to the head that produces headaches, confusion, loss of consciousness, nausea or vomiting, fatigue or drowsiness, problems with speech, sleep difficulties, dizziness, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light or sound, or other signs of brain injuries. Failure to do so can result in severe complications that may even lead to death.
The differences refer to the initial presentation of symptoms, not outcomes. While concussions may initially be termed “mild,” they may produce long-lasting symptoms such as depression, anxiety, chronic headache, and memory problems. These effects are particularly common in individuals who have had repeated concussions over the years, such as those who participate in certain contact sports or who have military careers in which they’re subjected to blast-type injuries. An estimated 15 percent of individuals who suffer a concussion will go on to have long-lasting complications for the injury.
The severity of brain injuries and the impacts they have on one’s lifestyle depend not only on how badly the brain was injured, but also on where in the brain the injury took place. The brain consists of several regions, known as lobes, which each control certain functions of the body. The lobes and associated deficits due to injury include:
The type of deficit one may acquire from a traumatic brain injury also varies according to the side of the brain where the injury occurs. The right side of the brain is responsible for creativity, imagination, and figurative thinking and also controls the movement of the left side of the body. Damage to the right side of the brain may result in difficulty perceiving creative works and music, loss of “big picture” thinking, and difficulty with left side movement.
The left side of the brain controls organization, self-monitoring, emotions, and impulses, as well as the movement of the right side of the body. Injuries to the left brain may result in difficulty controlling emotions, impulsive behavior, and movement deficits on the right side of the body.
Any activity that results in a blow, jolt, or bump to the head can cause a brain injury. However, some brain injury causes are more common than others and include:
Brain injuries are diagnosed through a few different methods, including the Glasgow Coma Scale, which measures an injured person’s consciousness as well as responses to oral instructions and stimuli. Additionally, neuroimaging tests such as MRI and CT scans may detect the injury, as moderate and severe injuries can produce changes to the brain’s appearance that these tests may reveal.
While diagnosing the injury and determining the extent of the damage, doctors will also monitor the patient’s oxygen level and blood pressure and may administer anti-seizure medication to prevent further damage to the brain from complications that often occur in the early hours and days after the injury occurs.
Immediately after a brain injury, the brain will often swell. This swelling will have to also be monitored, and surgery may be required to remove fluid buildup on the brain. The true extent of the injury is often not known until the swelling has subsided and the patient has awakened. Sometimes, with severe injuries, the patient cannot regain consciousness and may have consciousness disorders such as:
If a person regains consciousness, he or she will often require months or even years of rehabilitative, speech, and occupational therapy to relearn and regain as much function as possible.
In addition to the consciousness disorders listed above, other conditions may result from traumatic brain injuries. Some of these complications include:
More than five million people in the United States are currently living with disabilities caused by a moderate to severe brain injury. These injuries are expensive to treat, resulting in lifetime costs of up to $300,000 (or more). Additionally, many individuals cannot return to work after being brain injured, with the employment rate at approximately 60 percent post-injury. Brain injuries not only disrupt an individual’s life to work, but also greatly damage a person’s relationships with spouses, children, and friends.
If you suffered a brain injury in San Diego Country Estates that someone else’s careless or reckless behavior caused, the law allows you to seek compensation from the at-fault party through a personal injury lawsuit. This lawsuit can provide compensation for damages such as current medical expenses and for care you will require in the future, loss of income and future earning capacity, the expense of necessary accessibility modifications to your home such as wheelchair ramps, lifts, or widened doors, and an array of other injury impacts, including pain and suffering and emotional distress caused by your injury. Ultimately making living with a brain injury substantially easier.
Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys at (866) 395-6792 or write to us online for a free consultation to discuss the legal options available to you.