Sacramento Brain Injury Attorneys
Our Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyers have the skills and experience to assist you in finding the proper medical assistance in diagnosing, treating, and hopefully finding some recovery and/or rehabilitation from a brain injury to yourself or a loved one. Because our Sacramento Brain Injury Attorneys recognize that understanding the problem and getting treatment is everyone’s priority, our law firm will make those goals our priority as well.
Unfortunately, it is estimated that over 1.4 million individuals suffer from some type of brain injury every year caused by a car accident, motorcycle accident, or even truck accident. It is also estimated that just over 5 million people continue to suffer from a brain injury or other spinal cord injury, and the medical costs and lost productivity are over $50 billion a year.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are generally classified into two different types: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Traumatic Brain Injury is generally associated with a blunt force or trauma such as a blow to the head (as in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident). In contrast, Acquired Brain Injury generally results from a neurological disease such as a tumor. Although there is some overlap with brain injury, congenital brain damage is often not included within TBI or ABI, and is usually considered something separate and distinct.
Depending on the type of brain injury, our Sacramento Brain Injury Attorneys have seen the long-term repercussions vary dramatically. As most would expect, a mild brain injury is usually temporary and generally associated with headaches, confusion, memory problems, and mild nausea. Fortunately, most people with mild brain injuries recover completely in a relatively short period of time, and less than 15% will have problems lasting more than a year.
In contrast, people suffering from a severe brain injury often suffer permanent disabilities and life-changing problems. These problems often result in not only cognitive and physical disabilities, but quite often our Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyers see behavior disabilities as well. Sadly, most people who are in a coma (or some other minimally responsive condition) will need some type of dependent care from others for the rest of their life.
Brain Injury Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms associated with severe brain injuries include:
- Loss of consciousness for a prolonged period of time
- Inability to wake up
- Loss of coordination
- Feeling a numb sensation or weakness in the toes and fingers
- Headaches that remain persistent or constant
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions and seizures
- Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
Diagnosing severe brain injuries is generally simple; however, recognizing a mild or moderate brain injury can be more difficult. Some of the symptoms that our Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyers look for in a mild to moderate brain injury are:
- Feeling dazed or confused (“got your bell rung”)
- A very brief loss of consciousness
- Memory lapses, or difficulty concentrating
- Blurred vision
- Mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- Odd sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, or sleeping more than usual
With children, it may take an even more careful observation to recognize brain injury, as they are often not capable of communicating. Following a brain injury or head trauma, it is always wise to look for:
- Changes in nursing or eating routines
- Uncontrollable crying
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of interest in favorite activities or toys
Brain Injury Treatment
While there have been tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment for brain injury victims, there is still a lot about the brain that remains a mystery to the medical profession. The good news, however, is that brain injury treatment continues to improve dramatically.
The first step in treatment is usually to diagnose the extent and impact of the brain damage. This is typically done through a neurological exam, neuropsychological assessments, and neuroimaging testing. The most common means for neuroimaging testing are MRI and CT scans. Once diagnosed, the next concern is to make sure that the brain is not subject to further injury by making sure that the flow of oxygen and blood is not impaired, and that the blood pressure is appropriate.
The next step in recovery is generally therapy. Therapy may be physical, such as learning to control your muscles again. Some brain injury victims require speech and language therapy to help them communicate again. Ideally, there is also occupational therapy to assist the individual either in returning or entering into the workforce. It is also important that in addition to physical, occupational, and speech therapy, that psychological support is also considered.
Once the individual and the family have a handle on the significance of the injury and its long-term implications, we work hand-in-hand with medical professionals, rehabilitation specialists, educators, vocational counselors, and financial and tax planners to understand the impact on the individual’s life, and also how it impacts their family.
Only after the doctors, the family, and our lawyers all have a firm grasp on the long-term implications of the injury do we believe it is even appropriate to discuss a financial resolution of the case. We believe that cases are settled prematurely by other brain injury attorneys too often, and we work hard to distinguish ourselves from those attorneys. We take pride in our work and the results show.
Unlike in less complex matters like a dog bite, when settling a brain injury case, we typically need to spend lots of attention to making sure that the individual’s long-term needs are secure. We can structure settlement in such as way as to provide for lifetime medical plans and structured annuities that provide a monthly living allowance, as well as the establishment of special needs trusts, and the appointment of conservators when necessary.
If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, of there has been a wrongful death in the family, we hope you will contact one of our Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyers to see how our team and network of medical and financial professionals can assist you.