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Common types of Brain Injuries


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  • Concussion. This occurs when the head is severely impacted enough to result in a brain injury, and your brain suffers from physical contact with the walls of your skull. Normally, a concussion is temporary. However, consistently getting one will cause permanent damage.
  • Skull fracture. It is difficult to break a skull because they do not have bone marrow. If a skull is broken, then it will not be able to defend itself from getting struck. This will result in damage being done to your brain.
  • Hemorrhage. This is uncontrollable bleeding. Subarachnoid hemorrhage may cause vomiting or headaches. Intracerebral hemorrhage usually happens when there is bleeding in your brain tissue. The level of severity depends on the amount of bleeding. As time goes on, any amount of blood may result in pressure buildup.
  • Edema. May cause swelling. Since your skull does not have the capabilities of stretching out, the pressure build up could lead to your brain being pressed on your skull.
  • Hematoma. This is when there is clotting going on outside of the blood vessels. This will result in pressure build up happening within your skull. You can experience losing consciousness or permanent brain damage.
  • Diffuse axonal injury. This is considered as one of the most dangerous types of brain injuries. It happens when there is damage to the brain cells, which then causes them to not function properly anymore. Swelling may also occur.

Symptoms


Minor:

  • Headache,
  • Nausea,
  • Dizziness,
  • Lightheadedness,
  • Ear ringing, or
  • Moderate confusion.

Severe:

  • Seizures,
  • Vomiting,
  • Losing consciousness,
  • Behavioural problems,
  • Struggling to control muscles,
  • Lack of balance,
  • Severe headaches,
  • Memory loss,
  • Vision problems, or
  • Clear fluid that comes out of the ear or nose.

Seeking Medical Attention


If you have minor symptoms, you may use at-home remedies to recover. This includes:

  • Applying a cold pack on your head to reduce swelling.
  • Taking Aleve, Advil, or Tylenol.
  • If possible, have someone check up on you every few hours or so to help determine the state of your condition.,
  • Lightheadedness,

It is important to reach out to a doctor or medical expert if you believe your symptoms are severe. Call 911 or your local emergency services to go to the emergency room. You will get a proper treatment and diagnosis of your injury.

Available Damages


Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Limitations For Damages In California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.
However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non economic losses is $250,000.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here To Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligent actions of another individual, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced brain injury attorneys that are determined to work tirelessly to ensure your expectations are met. Our attorneys will help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until we settle your case. Reach out to our friendly legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].

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