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The human brain is one of the most important and delicate organs in the body. An impact to the head could bring lifelong consequences, and symptoms among dizziness, nausea, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating.

This kind of injury is known as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and is the result of a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, an average of 155 people died each day, in the United States, from causes related to TBI

In the Traumatic Brain Injuries Report, the National Conference of State Legislature states that TBI is a serious public health problem, with:

  • 2.8 million new cases each year 
  • more than 2.5 million EDs visits 
  • 282,000 hospitalizations 
  • 50,000 deaths 

Those who survived could face effects that last a few days or the rest of their lives. Issues that not only affect them but also their families and communities. Therefore, if you or a loved one have suffered a TBI, you must seek legal advice because you are entitled to compensation. At Farahi Law Firm, our traumatic brain injury lawyers in Panorama City happily answer all your questions. Call us at (818) 949-1881.

What are the Leading Causes of TBI?

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, TBI can be caused by:

  • Falls
  • Assaults
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Sports/Recreation Injuries
  • Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • Gunshot Wounds
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Military Actions (Blast Injury)

However, data from the CDC reveal that the leading causes of TBI are:

  • Falls accounted for almost half (48%) of all TBI-related emergency department visits. 
  • Being struck by or against an object was the second leading cause of TBI-related ED visits, accounting for about 17% of all TBI-related ED visits 
  • Over 1 in 4 (28%) TBI-related ED visits in children less than 17 years of age or less were caused by being struck by or against an object.
  • Falls and motor vehicle crashes were the first and second leading causes of all TBI-related hospitalizations (52% and 20%, respectively)
  • Intentional self-harm was the first leading cause of TBI-related deaths (33%) in 2014.

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI, due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Please contact Farahi Law Firm. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers have years of experience helping people through the whole state. They will be on your side 24/7.  Contact us Now. 

Symptoms of TBI

While most people recover well from symptoms experienced at the time of the injury, for older adults, young children, and teens may take time. Symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. 

Symptoms usually fall into four categories:

Thinking/Remembering

  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering new information

 

Physical

  • Headache
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Balance problems
  • Feeling tired, having no energy

 

Emotional/Mood

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • More emotional
  • Nervousness or anxiety

 

Sleep 

  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Sleep less than usual
  • Trouble falling asleep

The victim of a TBI could overlook the signs and symptoms he or she has, these changes are mostly noticed by family members and doctors. People may look fine even though they are acting or feeling differently.

When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

In rare cases, a dangerous blood clot that crowds the brain against the skull can develop. The people checking on the victim should take him/her to an emergency department right away if he/she has:

  • Constant headaches that worsen over time
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Seizures
  • Inability to recognize faces or places
  • Evident confusion, restlessness or agitation
  • Unusual behavior
  • Loss of consciousness

Danger Signs in Children

Take your child to the emergency department right away if they received a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, and:

  • Have any of the danger signs for adults listed above
  • Will not stop crying and are inconsolable
  • Will not eat or breast-feed

In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children, and teens. Those who have had a TBI in the past are also at risk of having another one. Some people may also find that it takes longer to recover if they suffer another TBI.

Sequelae of TBI

The paper Neurobehavioral sequelae of traumatic brain injury: evaluation and management, by Thomas W. McAllister, affirms that the majority of survivors of moderate and severe TBI have chronic neurobehavioral sequelae, including cognitive deficits, changes in personality, and increased rates of psychiatric illness

Initial and persistent cognitive deficits are the most common complaints after TBI and the major hindrance to normalization in the areas of independent living, social re-adaptation, family life, and vocational endeavors.

Several cognitive domains are predictably impaired, including problem-solving, set-shifting, impulse control, self-monitoring, attention, short-term memory and learning, speed of information processing, and speech and language functions. 

Survivors and family/caregivers frequently describe alterations in emotional and behavioral regulation as “changes in personality.” This takes two different forms: exaggeration of pre-injury traits, or fundamental changes in response patterns. 

  • One problem area is that of impulsivity. This may be manifest in: 
      • verbal utterances, 
      • physical actions, 
      • snap decisions, 
      • and poor judgment 
  • A second problem area is that of irritability. Survivors may be described as more irritable or more easily angered. Responses can range from verbal outbursts to dangerous aggressive and assaultive behavior. 
  • A third area is that of affective instability. Survivors and family/caregivers frequently describe exaggerated displays of emotional expression.

If your life has been affected due to a TBI, remember that you are entitled to compensation. Traumatic brain injury lawyers at Farahi Law Firm are always available to advise you throughout the whole process.

What are the Costs Associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Living with a traumatic brain injury is extremely expensive. The victim might need to pay for:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Multiple surgeries
  • Medication

Also, many TBI survivors often cannot return to the lives they had before the injury. Therefore, family members must come to terms with their new role as caregivers.

Do not burden your loved ones or yourself with a huge debt; let our Traumatic brain injury lawyers bring a case against the person at fault of your injury. The liable party must pay your medical expenses!

What to do After Sustaining a TBI in Panorama City?

If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury during an accident or due to someone else’s negligence, Panorama City traumatic brain injury lawyers from Farahi Law Firm will work hard to recover damages for you that may include:

  • Past, present and future medical expenses
  • Occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services
  • Economic losses
  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Shock/mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages & earning capacity
  • Physical pain & suffering
  • Loss of consortium or companionship
  • Punitive damages

Having a Panorama City TBI Lawyer

Brain injuries can impact your life in minor ways or require lifelong treatment and rehabilitation. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that, even when it is difficult to determine the economic impact of a brain injury, the estimates of the total lifetime costs range from $147 billion for fatal TBI to $18 billion for non hospitalized TBI.

As you can see, these costs are extremely high. Many people will not be able to afford the treatments associated with brain injuries, even if they have excellent insurance. For this reason, you must have the best traumatic brain injury lawyers at your side.

Farahi Law Firm, APC, will help to ease the financial costs associated with brain injuries. We will work hard to get you the compensation you need to afford proper care. 

Contact Farahi Law Firm

Have you or a loved one suffered a TBI in an accident or due to someone else’s negligence? At Farahi Law Firm, our traumatic brain injury lawyers in Panorama City will advocate for your rights and recover the maximum compensation possible. Call us at (818) 949- 1881. We are available 24/7.

Frequently Asked Questions

Like any other personal injury, you only have two years to file a claim for damages for a brain injury. This is why it is critical that you contact us as soon as possible after the injury occurred so that we can begin the process of recovering the compensation you deserve.

Legally, negligence is proved by illustrating four elements:

  • Duty. The defendant had a general legal duty to avoid actions or situations harmful to others.
  • Breach of duty. The duty of care was not exercised or fell below an acceptable standard.
  • Causation: The breach of duty is found to be the cause of the accident.
  • Damages: Injury and losses were suffered resulting from the breach of duty.

Every case is different. We must consider the nature and extent of the injury, including future prognosis and the necessity of further treatment. It is also essential to take in mind who the claim is being made against and how much insurance coverage they have.

California follows the rule of comparative negligence, which means that you may obtain compensation for your injury minus the percentage you are found to be at fault for the accident.

You won’t have to pay for anything! Our traumatic brain lawyers happily evaluate your case free of charge.  Also, we have a strict policy that you do not have to pay a fee until we win.

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