Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are multiple different accident types that can lead to myriad injuries. But one of the most serious injury types is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Traumatic brain injuries can be incurred in multiple different ways, but no matter how they happen, the repercussions are often serious. Sometimes, the effects of a TBI can be fatal, disabling, or have long-term consequences for the affected person and their family members.
At the law offices of Wagner & Pelayes, LLP, we recognize how serious a TBI may be. Further, we also recognize that when an individual suffers a TBI as a result of another party’s negligence, they deserve to be compensated for the full extent of harm suffered. Our lawyers can help you pursue a personal injury claim for damages – call us today for a free consultation.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen
The brain is a very fragile organ, and while it is protected by the skull–which is strong and designed to keep the brain safe–neither brain nor skull is invincible. A traumatic brain injury may occur any time that the head is struck with force, the head is shaken rapidly, or the brain is deprived of oxygen. As such, some of the most common causes of TBIs include:
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Pedestrian accident;
- Sports accidents;
- Bicycle and motorcycle crashes;
- Boat accidents;
- Near-drowning accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Birth injuries; and
- Slip and fall accidents.
Of course, there are other accident types that can lead to a TBI. Our experienced lawyers are prepared to represent you in your claim for damages following a TBI regardless of how that TBI happened.
The Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury
How affected a person is by a TBI, and the level of impairment they suffer and the length of said disability, is dependent upon the type and the severity of a traumatic brain injury. Some brain injuries will lead to a mild concussion that does not cause long-term harm, with the victim usually making a full recovery within a number of days. More serious brain injuries can leave an individual permanently and totally disabled, sometimes even lead to a coma or brain death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that a TBI can affect thinking, including memory and reasoning; sensation, including sight and balance; language, including communication abilities, understanding, and expression; and emotion, potentially resulting in depression, anxiety, aggression, inappropriate social behaviors, and “acting out.”
If a TBI is serious, the above effects may last for a person’s life. This means that a person who suffers a severe traumatic brain injury may be unable to return to work, do the things they once loved, or even care for themselves or their children. This can create a huge financial and emotional strain on both an individual and a family.
You Deserve Compensation
When an accident that leads to a traumatic brain injury is the result of another party’s negligence–the failure to act with a reasonable degree of care–the TBI victim maintains the right to bring forth a claim for damages against that party or/and their insurer. This type of claim, called a personal injury claim, asserts that the injured party would not have suffered damages but for the actions of the defendant. Via a personal injury claim, you may seek damages for 100 percent of losses suffered, including lost wages, medical expenses, and noneconomic damages like pain and suffering.
Our California Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Can Help
Our traumatic brain injury lawyers at the California law firm of Wagner & Pelayes, LLP, understand what you’re going through and are passionate about protecting your best interests. To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers today, please call us directly or send us a message. We are ready to advocate for you.