People involved in car crashes frequently suffer brain injuries. These injuries can range from mild concussions to permanent impairments. Brain injuries do not require loss of consciousness and the shock of the collision may leave people unaware of how serious their injuries are.
Those who have been in a car accident, either as a passenger or a driver, or been hit by a car, as a pedestrian or cyclist, owe it to themselves to have a doctor check them for brain injuries immediately after the accident has taken place.
If you have recently suffered a brain injury following an incident, it is possible that you may be entitled to recover damages. With years of experience handling brain injury cases in the city and county of Los Angeles, the Dolan Law Firm is here to listen to you and provide you with your legal options. Give us a call today for your free case review: 800-339-0352.
Consult a Doctor Immediately after a Car Accident
It is important to see your doctor following a head injury. While most symptoms will resolve quickly, that is not always the case. Continuous monitoring after the initial injury and throughout your recovery will optimize your healing.
Symptoms for concussions span a large number of bodily systems and tend to be quite varied. They may include:
- A feeling of pressure in your head or a headache,
- A feeling of being in a fog or confusion,
- A feeling of being dazed coupled with a slow response time,
- Dizziness or seeing stars,
- Trouble finding words and recalling conversations,
- Tinnitus or ringing in the ears,
- Nausea or vomiting.
It is important to understand that symptoms for a concussion may be delayed. This fact coupled with the shock of having just been in a serious car accident will make it very difficult for you to judge whether or not you are okay. For that reason, you should always seek medical attention after a head trauma injury.
Delayed Symptoms of Concussions
While some brain injury symptoms may appear immediately after the head injury, others may take hours, or even days to manifest. These include:
- Difficulty concentrating,
- Problems with short-term memory,
- Sensitivity to light or noise,
- Difficulty falling asleep or sustaining restful sleep,
- Things not smelling or tasting right,
- Irritability and/or difficulties with interpersonal relationships.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is caused by your head and brain moving rapidly back and forth. Car crashes that involve a sudden deceleration will often produce this effect. In addition, any object striking your head with force can produce a concussion.
In worst case scenarios, concussions can be coupled with bleeding in your brain. This needs to be treated immediately through medical intervention as these types of injuries can be fatal.
While the majority of concussions heal within a few weeks, some can cause lasting symptoms, long-term effects, or changes in behavior. They may include:
- Headaches that last for days, weeks, or months after the incident,
- Sporadic vertigo or loss of coordination that lasts for days, weeks, or months after the incident,
- Mood swings such as feeling depressed or anxious for no reason,
- Prolonged difficulty with concentration or memory,
- Personality changes.
In addition, you may sustain additional injuries due to lack of equilibrium or loss of coordination.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, also referred to as a TBI, that results from a shock to your brain. Concussions generally improve on their own.
In the most severe cases, brain death or a vegetative state may result from trauma to the brain. In other situations, an individual may live with lifelong impairments. This includes permanent brain damage that severely compromises their ability to work and may, in the most severe cases, compromise their ability to take care of themselves.
Individuals with severe traumatic brain injury may show intellectual deficits in memory, attention, concentration, learning, and problem solving. They may no longer be able to process speech or read. Injured individuals may also have difficulty maintaining restraint and be prone to violent outbursts.
While concussions are the most commonly experienced type of traumatic brain injury you can sustain in a high impact incident, there are many additional types including:
- Penetrating brain injuries,
- Anoxic brain injuries, and
- Diffuse axonal injury.
Penetrating brain injuries
This type of injury is caused when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain. This type of injury can lead to bleeding. Complications from such injuries may include:
- Brain swelling,
- Bleeding, blood clots,
- Damage to the brain structure,
- And oxygen deprivation from lack of blood circulation in the brain.
A penetrating brain injury may result in life-long medical care, life in an assisted living facility, or even death.
Anoxic brain injuries
This kind of injury is sustained due to a lack of oxygen to the brain. If the brain goes without regular oxygen for more than four minutes, brain cells begin to die. As well, if there are contusions, when the brain hits the skull at such a sudden speed that the brain bruises and swells it can decrease the oxygen exchange.
Diffuse axonal injury
Another injury type is a diffuse axonal injury, which means that a shifting of the brain within the skull occurs, causing some of the axons to be torn or stretched in the brain itself. Such a violent occurrence may cause severe damage to the brain.
All of these brain injuries – concussions included – may be experienced as a result of a car accident. No matter if the accident is a run of the mill bumper-to-bumper hit or a high-speed accident on the highway, it is highly recommended that all involved parties get checked out by a medical professional to detect any early signs of a traumatic brain injury.
If you find that you have indeed experienced a traumatic brain injury, do not hesitate to reach out to the Dolan Law Firm for a free consultation.
What to Do If a Car Accident Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury
Regardless of how you feel after a head injury, you should seek medical attention and have a doctor examine you. It is important to get checked out immediately after a car accident occurs, by visiting a hospital’s emergency room and following up with your primary care physician. Head injuries are complicated and can be intimidating to manage. Seeing your doctor will reduce the stress that can be associated with a head injury. As well, failing to see a doctor will cause an insurance company to devalue your claim.
Every traumatic brain injury should be taken seriously. While many will resolve in a reasonable amount of time, some will cause major discomfort for an injured party over an extended period of time. In the best scenarios, these symptoms eventually go away. In the worst scenarios, individuals are left with permanent impairments.
Damages That You Can Collect in Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits
In a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party, you may seek reimbursement damages you sustain as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence. This may include missed time from work, pain and suffering, medical bills, and more.
In order to ensure that the full extent of your damages is considered by the insurance company, you need an attorney who is renowned in Los Angeles for their excellence in court cases. Insurance companies do not willingly hand over a settlement to those making a claim against a policy.
By preparing your case to be ‘trial ready,’ Dolan Law Firm can leverage an unwilling insurance company into a reasonable settlement.
You have the right to be properly and appropriately compensated for your injuries and damages sustained, and our traumatic brain injury attorneys in Los Angeles are here to stand by your side to see that you receive that compensation.
At the Dolan Law Firm, our legal team is well-versed in a wide array of practice areas. Not only do we handle traumatic brain injury cases, but also cases dealing with car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, spinal cord injuries, slip and falls, and premises liability.
Results of a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you sustain a traumatic brain injury following an incident, you may experience a variety of symptoms. These may include:
- Cognitive impairments,
- Memory loss,
- A change in your quality of life.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by a negligent party, the Dolan Law Firm can provide you with ample legal options and accompany you with strengthening your case to recover damages.
Contact a Skilled Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers
Chris Dolan of the Dolan Law Firm, with years of experience as a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, has been recognized as among the most talented Los Angeles brain injury lawyers. If you have sustained serious injuries due to someone else’s negligence, then you should rely on the services of a skilled attorney to guide you through the legal process. Give us a phone call today at (213)-667-0308 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
How much compensation can I receive for an injury claim?
Generally, a brain injury attorney in Los Angeles will fight to get you the fair settlement that you deserve. However, each case is unique with its own set of situational factors that will impact the final compensation outcome. Trust a team of experienced brain injury attorneys from the Dolan Law Firm. Contact us for a free case review.
What are some of the most common injuries people sustain in car accidents?
Over years of experience as brain injury attorneys in Los Angeles, the most common injuries that accompany brain injuries are:
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Back injuries,
- Internal injuries, and,
- Broken bones and lacerations.
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How much does a brain injury attorney in Los Angeles make?
As a general rule, most brain injury attorneys work on contingency fees and do not get paid unless they obtain a settlement. To learn more about our rates at the Dolan Law Firm and to receive a free case review, fill out our contact form today.
What are the financial costs of a traumatic brain injury over the course of one’s life?
With years of experience as brain injury attorneys in Los Angeles, we have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of brain injuries. The financial costs of one’s life is unique to your case; if you have been injured and would like to know more about your legal options, reach out to us. Let us review your case by making an appointment with us today: (213)-667-0308.