Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles County
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can be devastating to those who survive them and their families, alike.
While some TBIs are relatively mild, such as concussions, many result in long-term or permanent disability, completely altering a person’s daily life.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury after an accident in Los Angeles County, you deserve the best medical treatment available.
TBIs can be expensive injuries with a long road to recovery. Without legal counsel, many TBI patients receive far less compensation than they need and deserve, and many of those find themselves with crippling medical bills they simply can’t afford.
At MAJK Law, our dedicated and highly-skilled TBI team has helped hundreds of brain injury patients in Los Angeles County obtain fair settlements and the medical treatment they need.
Our traumatic brain injury lawyers fight tirelessly for each client, and we have an impressive track record of obtaining substantial compensation in a timely manner.
Why choose MAJK Law
At MAJK Law, our compassionate and trusted TBI attorneys have more than 45 years of combined experience protecting the rights of accident and injury victims in and around Los Angeles County.
We will review the details of your case to determine the best legal strategy for moving forward. Our legal team can help you obtain the compensation you deserve by:
Investigating the incident and determining fault
Collecting and analyzing the police report
Communicating and negotiating with insurance companies and other involved parties
Drafting an insurance demand letter
Representing your interests in court
Ensuring that you have access to the maximum compensation to which you are entitled
If you have recently been involved in an accident in Los Angeles County, it’s critical to seek immediate medical attention.
A brain injury can take hours or even days to become evident, but a physician may catch it before you even notice symptoms. As such, prompt medical intervention may significantly improve your prognosis, and will almost certainly strengthen an insurance claim.
If you wait to see a doctor, your insurance company could cast doubt on the severity of your injury.
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Common accidents that lead to a traumatic brain injury
A TBI is a head injury typically caused by a forceful jolt or hard blow to the head. The force of impact moves the brain violently around in the skull, causing the organ to bounce off the sides and bruise, bleed, or tear.
As one might imagine, TBIs frequently present in survivors of serious traffic accidents. However, they can also result from collisions with objects, slips and falls, and high-contact sports. The following accidents frequently result in a traumatic brain injury:
Motorcycle crashes: These accidents are notorious for causing TBIs. A motorcycle’s small size, instability, and lack of enclosure all contribute to the rider’s increased risk of serious injury or death.
Additionally, motorcyclists are more likely than any other motorist to collide with a stationary object, which is another common cause of TBIs. Motorcycle helmets absorb much of the impact of a head blow and substantially increase a rider’s chances for survival.
Pedestrian-auto accidents: Like motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists are at higher risk of TBIs if they are struck by a vehicle. Wearing a helmet while cycling can protect the head from serious injury, or prevent an injury altogether.
Workplace accidents: Particularly at construction sites or manufacturing plants, workplace accidents are another common cause of TBIs. Those working around heavy machinery or at great heights should wear proper protective gear, such as helmets and harnesses, to mitigate the risk of falling or hitting their head.
Tire blowouts: Although the tires on any vehicle can fail, this problem is especially common on commercial trucks, due to their sheer size and weight, the number of tires, and the number of miles driven. Furthermore, the consequences of a tire blowout on a heavy tractor-trailer can be much more dangerous than on a smaller vehicle.
It is advisable to not contact your insurance company without first speaking to a brain injury lawyer. A good attorney will help position you for the most favorable outcome, negotiating with the insurance company for the maximum compensation, on your behalf.
In addition, traumatic brain injury lawyers can make recommendations of reputable medical specialists in your area who can attend to your specific needs.
Types of traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries fall into two groups: open head injuries and closed head injuries.
Open head injuries: The skull is fractured, the brain is exposed to the air, and in some cases, a foreign object pierces the brain tissue. These injuries are also called penetrating head injuries. In a traffic accident, skull fragments or pieces of shattered glass may puncture the brain, causing bleeding, tissue damage, and potential bacterial infection. Meningitis, the most common type of brain infection, can permanently damage or even kill a TBI patient. As such, open head injuries require immediate medical attention.
Closed head injuries: The brain ricochets around the skull as a result of strong external force, and the uneven surface of the skull can bruise, puncture, or tear the brain tissue. Closed head injuries occur more frequently than open head injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries vary based on their location, severity, and the type of damage sustained. Common types include:
Concussion: a closed head injury typically sustained from a fall or hard blow. In traffic accidents, a driver or passenger can sustain a concussion if their head slams into the steering wheel or dashboard;
Coup/contrecoup injuries (contusions): or bruising to the brain tissue, resulting from forceful impact with the side of the skull;
Hematoma: a blood clot that forms inside or on the surface of the brain. As a hematoma grows, it compresses the surrounding brain tissue, which can cause swelling, headaches, and impede cognitive function;
Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (tSAH): a bleed into the surrounding cerebrospinal fluid; and
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI): a tear or stress injury to nerve cell axons.
Signs and symptoms
The brain plays a vital role in all bodily functions, with different parts responsible for different functions. As such, the signs and symptoms of a TBI will vary depending on its severity, type of damage (e.g. bruising, swelling, tears), and location.
See a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after an accident:
Loss of consciousness
Persistent difficulty concentrating
Disorientation or confusion
Dizziness, vertigo, or trouble balancing
Sleep disruption (sleeping too much, too little, at odd hours, or having trouble falling asleep or staying awake)
Changes in emotional patterns, such as depression, irritability, or sudden personality changes
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The amount awarded in a traumatic brain injury claim or lawsuit is highly subjective. Each case depends on several factors, such as the type of medical treatment required, the extent of the injury, and the injury’s impact on the patient’s life. Property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of life enjoyment are further examples of damages a brain injury patient may recover.
Medical care is usually a significant expense in TBI cases. In California, treatment costs range from $85,000 to $3 million.
If a patient is unable to work for an extended period of time, or can no longer perform the job they held prior to their accident, they may request compensation for lost wages. Your brain injury lawyer will calculate the total wages lost since the accident, and the amount you are projected to lose in the future.
Property damage, such as damage to your vehicle during a traffic accident, will also factor into settlement calculations. If you need to replace your vehicle altogether, you have a higher chance of recovering more compensation.
Many clients don’t initially consider the non-economic damages in their personal injury cases, such as loss of life enjoyment and pain and suffering. However, if adequately proven, these damages can amount to a large portion of a brain injury patient’s total compensation. In fact, non-economic damages may amount to 1.5 to five times the total economic damages.
Copious, detailed, and diverse evidence make for the strongest TBI case. Keep a detailed record of your symptoms, including their date of onset, how long you’ve experienced them, and how frequently they occur.
Seeking medical attention immediately following an accident will dramatically improve both your medical outcome and your chance of receiving a fair settlement. Your doctor should maintain extensive notes on your condition during each visit, and will most likely order diagnostic tests and imaging.
An experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer can then use this documentation to substantiate your claim.
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