San Diego Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), at their worst, are among the most serious and catastrophic of all injuries. They can range in severity from minor concussions, causing mild temporary symptoms, all the way to diffuse axonal injuries, which often result in death, coma, or a persistent vegetative state.
Traumatic Brain Injury Impairments
Serious brain injuries can alter the victim in many fundamental ways, often permanently, causing physical, cognitive, psychological, and sensory impairments. Physical impairments may include seizures, nausea, vomiting, appetite changes, chronic pain, loss of coordination, headaches, loss of sensation in the extremities, paralysis, spasticity, loss of bladder and/or bowel control, and sleep disorders. Cognitive and psychological impairments include confusion, lack of inhibition, language impairment, memory loss, mood swings, attention deficit, executive function problems, depression, irritability, and aggression. Some people experience alterations in sensory perception, including visual disturbances, eye muscle weakness, involuntary eye movements, or photophobia. Auditory problems may include hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or oversensitivity to sound. Brain injuries can also cause a loss of the senses of smell and taste. The exact nature of the impairment depends on the severity of the injury and the part of the brain affected.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for 35.2 percent of the total. Motor vehicle accidents cause 17.3 percent of all TBIs and are responsible for the most brain injury deaths. Assaults cause 10 percent of the nation’s TBIs. At least 1.7 million people suffer TBIs annually, and they are a factor in nearly a third of all injury-related deaths in the US.
Many of these injuries are the result of someone’s negligence in maintaining their premises resulting in a fall, of negligent security resulting in a violent crime, or of careless or negligent driving, resulting in a motor vehicle accident.
Getting Help for a TBI
If you or a member of your family has suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by another party’s negligence or deliberate wrongdoing, you may have a claim to recover damages resulting from your injury. Because these are so often extremely debilitating injuries requiring high medical expenses and the need for long-term care, it is essential that you seek out the services of a personal injury attorney with extensive experience in handling catastrophic injury cases. These are high value cases, and the insurance companies pull out all the stops in fighting them. Your attorney’s experience and skill can make an enormous difference in the outcome.
San Diego Traumatic Brain Injury Super Lawyers
The personal injury attorneys at Harrison & Bodell in San Diego have a long and successful track record of bringing in substantial settlements and jury verdicts for traumatic brain injury victims. They are among the best attorneys in the San Diego area, as evidenced by the fact that they have been designated as Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine. This means that they are rated by their peers in the legal profession as being in the top five percent of the lawyers practicing in the area, based on their legal knowledge, skill, and ethics.
For the best quality legal representation when you or a loved one has experienced a serious injury to the brain, call to arrange an appointment for a free consultation with the brain injury lawyers at Harrison & Bodell. We accept cases on a contingency retainer, so we will front all the expenses involved in litigating your case, and you will pay us absolutely nothing until we win money for you.