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A brain injury has the potential to completely transform everything about a victim’s life. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can be a difficult and life long process for both brain injury survivors and their families. About 2% of the American population — or close to 5.3 million people — require lifelong assistance with completing even the most simple tasks after suffering a traumatic brain injury. As a result, most brain injury victims will lose control over their own lives, often being forced to give up all sense of independence and no longer able to enjoy the simple pleasures many of us take for granted.
The brain is the most highly complex organ in the human body. Serious consequences, including cognitive and behavior issues, can occur even after a minor concussion. And the most severe traumatic brain injuries may lead to paralysis, permanent physical disability, or death.
If you or a loved one was the victim of a traumatic brain injury, it’s absolutely imperative that you speak with an Irvine brain injury lawyer as soon as possible. The experienced team of Irvine brain injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers is caring and compassionate. We will aggressively advocate to recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your well being and move forward with your life.
The brain is mysterious. We do not yet fully understand the depth of its capabilities, but we do know that it cannot heal itself. Unlike most major organs, the brain does not have the capacity to regenerate any new cells. This means that damaged brain cells will remain damaged for the remainder of a victim’s life. Once brain cells become damaged, the connections between them are permanently severed. This is why a brain trauma victim will literally never be the same person.
Sadly, many familiar brain functions will be completely lost unless the victim learns to perform these functions in completely different ways. And there are no guarantees. Even with access to extensive physical therapy and the best medical treatment, victims are likely to experience life long problems with senses, mobility, emotional and cognitive abilities, and noticeable changes in personality.
Long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries may include:
Brain injuries are especially difficult to assess, or even recognize, because sometimes they will not necessarily show any adverse symptoms until days or weeks after an injury has occurred. Symptoms can also be very subtle, especially if the injury was mild, only further obfuscating a victim’s objectivity regarding the seriousness of their injury. This can be dangerous because some brain injury victims may not seek out timely medical care after suffering an injury, believing it’s nothing to worry about. An example is the football player who takes a helmet to helmet hit, doesn’t realize he’s suffered a brain injury, and continues playing as if nothing happened.
The statistics on traumatic brain injuries in the United States are both objective and alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.4 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury on a yearly basis. Close to 235,000 of these incidents require hospitalization, and 50,000 were fatal.
Whether you believe your brain injury is mild or severe, it’s important that you get checked out at a hospital or by a doctor. Your health and safety must be your first priority after a brain injury, and it’s crucial that you seek out immediate medical care if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
Traumatic brain injuries have the potential to cause lifelong health problems that make it nearly impossible for a victim to hold down a job, live on his or her own terms, and enjoy everything that life has to offer.
If you sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of another party’s negligence you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
Many brain injury victims require multiple surgeries, regular physical therapy, and round-the-clock care for the rest of their lives. And this is just to meet their basic medical needs. This is unfortunate, because even with the best insurance, most victims’ families will not have the financial resources necessary to properly provide for their loved ones’ costly medical care.
Your Irvine brain injury lawyer is here to help. We will not stop fighting until we get the full and fair compensation you deserve to compensate you for your injuries. We will handle every aspect of your case. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your brain injury claim. We will take care of scheduling all your doctor’s appointments, negotiating your medical bills, handling any property damage claims, and dealing with the insurance adjusters.
If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury, an Irvine brain injury lawyer at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.