Suffering a brain injury can be extremely traumatizing, not to mention that the road to recovery may be long and expensive. Fortunately, our brain injury attorneys in Los Angeles can help you seek maximum compensation under California law to cover the cost of your treatment, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering.
Our Los Angeles brain injury lawyers have an enviable track record in helping quite a number of individuals and families. When it comes to winning personal injury lawsuits, our knowledge and experience make the difference between winning just enough compensation for you and coming away empty-handed.
Understanding Brain Injuries and Related Laws
The powerful human brain is a large part of what makes human beings unique. It is central to our identity and everyday functioning. A serious injury to the brain can be one of the most debilitating injuries a person can suffer. It can result in lifelong disabilities in a variety of fields, including thought, speech, sensations, and daily functions. Subtler forms of injury, such as concussions, can also cause substantial, life-long impairments.
Brain injuries are more common than generally understood. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2002-2006, an estimated 1.7 million people in the Unites States suffer traumatic brain injuries annually. The incidence of serious brain injuries has likely only increased since then. Brain injuries occur in everyday accidents like car collisions, falls, and other impacts with the head. People also acquire brain injuries through events other than trauma, like infectious disease, stroke, and affixation. Disabilities from brain injuries are common and millions of Americans are forced to struggle with their brain injuries on a daily basis.
There are generally two types of brain injuries, traumatic brain injuries and acquired brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are the result of trauma to the brain. This includes concussions, penetration of the brain, contusions, coup-contrecoup injury (contusion at site of impact and other side of brain), and diffuse axonal injury (brain lags behind movement of skull, causing tearing of brain structures). A large portion of traumatic brain injuries arise from events like car crashes, bicycle accidents, worksite injuries, falls, birth injuries, sports injuries, and physical violence. Car accidents and whiplash are often causes of coup-contrecoup and diffuse axonal injuries. Examples of causes of acquired brain injuries are strokes, lack of oxygen, tumors, disease, or other conditions unrelated to external force. Medical malpractice can often be involved in acquired brain injuries, including from things such as oxygen deprivation or infectious disease.
The impact of a brain injury on a person's life can vary greatly. Many brain injury victims can suffer debilitating and permanent injuries. Some of the manifestations of brain injury include cognitive impairment, loss of memory, inability to concentrate, impulse control, speech and word finding issues, vision problems, perception difficulties, depression, anxiety, and seizures.
Brain injury cases require expert assistance from medical and other experts and can become expensive. To prove culpability, an injured person must show that the defendant was negligent and that the negligence caused the brain injury. Experts are also needed to quantify the damages for loss of earnings and future medical care. Other damages that are recoverable in California are reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Haffner Law has an extensive network of medical experts and other support with whom we work to build the strongest possible case and maximize recoveries.
If the negligence of another has caused a brain injury to you or a loved one, whether in a car accident, fall, bicycle accident, or through medical negligence, you should seek legal counsel from one of our brain injury lawyers in Los Angeles. Haffner Law understands the devastating effect brain injuries have on victims and their family. We are committed to providing quality representation and getting fair compensation for persons who have suffered brain injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, please call us for a consultation.