Brain Injury Law Firm Fights for Your Just Compensation in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Oakland, and Throughout the Bay Area
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Help Clients Suffering from Brain Trauma and Wrongful Death in California
The brain is a fragile, complex organ which is protected, on average, by only 0.25–0.28 inches of skull. That’s not much protection when head trauma occurs.
With such little defense, brain damage caused by head trauma is often inevitable and may cause severe, life-altering consequences when the intricate network of neurons is impaired or destroyed. The brain is so vulnerable that even if a head injury doesn’t fracture the skull, a head blow or violent impact can smash the brain inside its boney protection, causing bruising, bleeding, swelling, and tears.
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Help Clients Suffering from Common Types of Head and Brain Trauma in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Oakland and Throughout the Bay Area
When you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you need an engaged, experienced, skilled, and focused legal team who will fight for the financial compensation you need and deserve and help you regain a reasonable quality of life.
That’s where the Dunn & Panagotacos LLP team of traumatic brain injury attorneys can help.
Because of the significant damage a brain injury victim may endure, years of medical and/or rehabilitative treatment may be required. Even with milder concussions, the injury to the brain may prevent the victim from being able to financially provide for themselves or their families.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) “as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults,” but anyone can suffer a TBI.
Those who endure TBIs may require emergency room visits, hospitalizations, rehabilitation, and a substantial change in practical needs and care. Tragically, TBIs too often cause paralysis and death.
Traumatic brain injuries occur under many conditions and circumstances including:
▪Sports head trauma
▪Slips, trips, and falls
▪Car, truck, and bus collisions
▪Assault and other abuse
In these cases, the person who suffered a TBI may be entitled to compensation under federal and California law if the accident or incident was caused by the reckless, negligent or criminal acts of another person or entity.
Injuries to the Brain Often Have Severe and Life-Altering Consequences
In an instant, a head injury can change a life forever. Without a healthy brain, the organ that animates our bodies and allows us to think, the quality of TBI victims’ lives may be significantly diminished, and they may be prevented from leading a productive, fulfilling life.
When a head injury is caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person or entity, there should be consequences for those at fault, and the law provides for monetary compensation when this happens.
What Constitutes a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A brain injury occurs when brain cells are damaged which can be catastrophic to an accident victim because the loss of healthy brain function can be the most devastating of all the bodies’ potential injuries. When you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, quality of life is likely to be compromised and the ability to function independently may be impaired forever.
Specific Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries in San Francisco and Throughout the Bay Area
There are a few major types of brain injuries that accident victims can suffer:
Brain Contusion: When a hard object strikes the head, the brain may reverberate within the skull and cause a bruise (contusion). A cerebral contusion can be mild or severe, and symptoms of the injury might not be immediately noticeable. After the head is hit hard, internal bleeding and swelling may occur, which can further damage the brain. A medical evaluation should be performed immediately to determine if treatment to relieve pressure on brain tissue or to stem bleeding is necessary. A mild contusion may not cause any permanent damage, while a severe contusion can damage vital functions of the brain.
Concussion: A concussion happens when multiple cerebral contusions stem from the same cause, such as vehicle accidents; sports incidents; or slips, trips, and falls. When a mild or severe concussion occurs, evaluation by a medical professional is critical to avoid further damage and to ensure that the victim receives appropriate medical treatment.
Penetrating or Perforating Brain Injuries: As a result of a skull fracture from a high-impact blow to the head, pieces of bone may penetrate or perforate the brain. This type of brain injury is possibly the most serious, with parts of the fragile brain tissue being impacted. With such injuries, long-term or even lifelong damage can occur, prohibiting the victim from functioning normally again.
Treatment and Rehabilitation for Head and Brain Injuries in California Can Cost Millions
When you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, treatment and care can cost millions of dollars, especially when considered over a lifetime. Besides immediate medical bills, the other types of care necessary for a head injury victim may include:
▪ Physical/occupational therapy
▪ Cognitive therapy
▪ Speech therapy
▪ Hygiene assistance
▪ Meal preparation
▪ Home modifications
▪ Home nursing care
▪ Home modifications
▪ Assistive apparatus
▪ Neuropsychological treatment
You May Be Entitled to a Monetary Recovery Including Compensation for Medical and Therapeutic Expenses, Lost Wages, Pain and Suffering, and for Diminished Quality of Life
When a person suffers a TBI, their life may be turned upside down, possibly changed forever. Besides the expenses for all the medical and therapeutic treatments necessary, a TBI victim may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life and much more. Or when a loved one has tragically died because of a brain injury, their family may be entitled to wrongful death compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of another person’s or entity’s negligence or recklessness, it’s important to hire a competent personal injury attorney who has the experience and resources needed to successfully fight the insurance companies, hire investigators and expert witnesses, and pursue monetary compensation through the civil courts.
The Experienced San Francisco and Walnut Creek Brain Injury Attorneys at Dunn & Panagotacos Will Hold the Parties Responsible for Your Brain Injury Accountable
The legal team at Dunn & Panagotacos LLP has the type of extensive experience fighting for the rights of brain injury victims in the San Francisco Bay Area that you deserve. Our team of skilled, experienced personal injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate how the brain injury occurred and work diligently to build your case so you can recover the monetary compensation to which you are entitled.
California statutes of limitations set restrictive time limits on when a personal injury claim can be filed. The San Francisco personal injury law firm of Dunn & Panagotacos will carefully evaluate your case while remaining mindful of the trauma that you and your loved ones have endured.
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