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The brain controls all functions of the body. It is an amazing three-pound organ capable of interpreting different pieces of informations and embodying the essence of the mind and soul. However, just like any other organs in our body, the brain can also be damaged and injured. Amongst many brain injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of its most alarming types.

Having a traumatic brain injury could ruin your life completely. From enduring the pain due to trauma and the tedious suffering of recovery, the damages that a TBI  can cause you are limitless – almost changing your life in an instant. After all, it’s the organ that controls all functions, hence, its state affects everything.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head that interrupted the correct function of the brain. Though not all blows or jolts can provoke a traumatic brain injury, they can still cause other serious brain issues.

The severity of a traumatic brain injury could be mild (with a brief loss of consciousness) to severe (with an extensive loss of consciousness and/or memory after the injury). 

If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, you must remember that you are entitled to compensation. At Farahi Law Firm, our traumatic brain injury lawyers will work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve and get you the best medical treatment. Call us at (310) 744-8015 for a free evaluation of your case.

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TBI Causes

The Brain Injury American Association states that the leading causes of a TBI are:

  • Falls
  • Assaults
  • Car accidents
  • Sports injuries/ recreative injuries
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Workplace injuries
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Military actions

The CDC reports that nearly 50% of the emergency department visits due to traumatic brain injury are because of falls. The majority of all the cases are among kids of 17 years and old people of 65 years or more.

In case you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a fall or any other causes mentioned above, remember that you are entitled to compensation. Farahi Law Firm’s traumatic brain injury lawyers are here to support you. Contact us today.

A Public Health Problem

Research from the CDC reveals that the TBI cases increased by 53% between 2006 and 2014 with an average of 155 daily deaths due to this cause. In fact, during 2014, there were 2.87 million emergency department visits related to this type of injury, 837,000 of them were children.

The shocking part happened in 2014 when TBIs provoked 56,800 deaths and 2,529 of them were children. The situation has reached such alarming proportions that the National Conference of State Legislatures has considered it a serious public health problem.

In case you or a loved one has suffered a TBI in an accident or due to someone else’s negligence, do not hesitate and contact us. At Farahi Law Firm, we have the best traumatic brain injury lawyers in San Pedro. We are available 24/7 to answer all your queries. Message us now!

TBI Symptoms

According to the CDC, the TBI symptoms fall into 4 categories:

Thinking/Memory

  • Difficulty to think clearly
  • Slower cognitive skills
  • Difficulty to focus
  • Difficulty to remember new information

Physical

  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Lack of balance
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of energy

Emotional

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Being more sensitive than normal
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety

Sleep

  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Sleeping less than normal
  • Trouble sleeping

Keep in mind that these symptoms could appear as soon as the blow or accident occurs, or in some cases, they take some time to take place. Therefore it is important to pay close attention to the victim’s behavior.

Nevertheless, in case you present one of the symptoms below, you should go immediately to the emergency department of the hospital nearest to you:

  • Worsening headaches
  • Weakness and/or lack of coordination
  • Nausea and/or constant vomiting
  • Slurry speech
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Having a pupil bigger than the other
  • Seizures
  • Troubles with recognition of people or places
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Behaves differently than usual
  • Losing consciousness

Aside from the symptoms listed above, another symptom that a child victim may present is the loss of appetite and uncontrollable episodes of crying.

Remember that if you or a loved one suffered a TBI, you are not alone. Farahi Law Firm’s traumatic brain injury lawyers are here to guide and fight for you. We will handle all the legal matters so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case.

TBI Diagnosis

TBI symptoms may be completely evident or vaguely present, hence, you must go to the doctor so he/she can carry out the necessary tests to know what kind of injury you are suffering from, its severity, and what is the best treatment. 

One of the tests that the doctors perform the most is the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which evaluates a person’s level of consciousness, eventually putting them in the category of either mild, moderate, or severe TBI.

Keep in mind that GCS is just one of the many tests that the medical team could perform on you to decide the severity of your TBI, and only someone with the appropriate training could carry out such thorough evaluation. Never try to do it on your own and, please, never underestimate the gravity of a blow to the head!

Physical and Emotional Sequelae of a TBI

Recovering from a TBI is a lot harder than you think. Brain damage is a really huge deal and a much serious injury to be dealt with. Of all the challenges associated with a TBI, accepting new limitations may be the hardest part; adjusting to the routine that you can only avail to carry out from now on.

In the article Neurobehavioral sequelae of traumatic brain injury: evaluation and management, Thomas W. MacAllister confirms that the survivors of moderate and severe TBIs tend to deal with serious side effects that could reach from a cognitive deficit to personality changes, and in some cases, even psychiatric illnesses. 

The author points out that cognitive damages are more frequent, especially in independent areas such as social rehabilitation, family life, and vocational activities. MacAllister further specifies that victims of TBIs can find difficulty in solving problems, controlling their impulses, paying attention, learning or processing information, and speaking.

Moreover, the victim’s relatives state that those who suffered a TBI experienced emotional and behavioral alterations that could go from hypersensitivity to physical or emotional aggressiveness.

If your loved one is dealing with such consequences from an accident due to someone else’s negligence, call us at (310) 744-8015. Let our traumatic brain injury lawyers represent you and fight with you in these trying times. At Farahi Law Firm, we are always available to answer your inquiries. It is our pleasure to serve and fight for you.

How Expensive is it to Treat a TBI?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that a long-life TBI treatment could cost approximately $147 billion. Meanwhile, the medical attention of a TBI that does not require hospitalization could sum up to at least $18 billion annually. 

As you can see, these costs are extremely high, so many people cannot afford to undergo TBI treatment, even with excellent medical insurance. That is why you must have the best legal team on your side! Our attorneys will make sure that the negligent party covers these expenses and get you the compensation you deserve.

Although the cost of treating a TBI will depend on the severity of the injury, you must pay basic expenses, such as:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Surgeries
  • Medicines 
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Psychological therapy

Moreover, victims of severe TBIs cannot go back to work and has to endure the consequences of this injury for as long as they live. Most likely, they will be economically dependent on their relatives which means frustration for someone who was independent and thriving before suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Do not let a TBI ruin your family economy. Let our traumatic brain injury lawyers help you make whoever is responsible to pay your expenses. At Farahi Law Firm, we have the expertise needed to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us at (310) 744-8015 for a free evaluation of your case.

Damages We Will Recover for You

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI in an accident or due to someone else’s negligence, remember that Farahi Law Firm’s traumatic brain injury lawyers will work incessantly to recover the damages you are entitled to, such as:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses
  • Occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services
  • Economic loss
  • Property damages
  • Expenses out of pocket
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Shock and mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physic pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Punitive damages

Contact Farahi Law Firm

Did you or a loved one suffer a TBI in an accident in San Pedro? With someone else’s negligence as the cause of the injury? Farahi Law Firm’s traumatic brain injury lawyers are available 24/7 to answer your inquiries. We will walk you down the entire process and we will obtain the justice you deserve. Call us at (310) 744-8015.

Frequently Asked Questions

As with any other personal injury, you only have two years from the date of the incident to file the claim. If there is a government institution involved, the time to bring your case is reduced to 6 months.

Each case is different. To calculate the value of a case we must evaluate it in detail, consider the nature and extent of your injury, as well as the prognosis of the doctor. It is also necessary to take into account who the claim is being made against and how much his/her insurance coverage amounts to.

Yes, but in California, the comparative negligence rule applies. In other words, you will obtain monetary compensation for your injury minus the percentage for which you have been found responsible for the accident.

The Law requires negligence to be proven through four elements:

  • Duty. The accused had a 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.
  • Causality. Breach of duty is the cause of the accident.

Damage. Injuries and losses were sustained as a result of the breach of duty.

Of course not! Our San Pedro brain injury attorneys will be happy to evaluate your case without any charge. We also have a strict policy that OUR CLIENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PAY A PENNY UNTIL WE WIN.

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