Orange County Brain Injury Lawyers
Brain injuries are often life-changing for victims and their families. Because the brain is the body’s “computer” and responsible for all cognizance and function, injuries to it are rarely a small matter.
For those dealing with the ongoing effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life can feel isolating when others do not understand. You are not alone, and we have represented individuals and families who have been impacted by a brain injury.
As lawyers who have helped brain injury victims become injury survivors, we have represented people from all walks of life, each with a unique story about how their injury occurred. Our goal is to help our clients acquire the latest treatment and be able to pay for it with a financial recovery we’ve made on their behalf.
If you or someone you know has endured a brain injury following an accident of any kind, the brain injury attorneys at Hodes Milman Ikuta want to extend our sincere condolences. If you choose to hire our firm we assure you will receive nothing short of our best advocacy on behalf of you and your family.
Head injuries can also heal without extensive treatment; but whether they are as minor as a bump or as major as a TBI, no one should be injured by another’s carelessness. This can make an already complicated situation even more complex. After seeing a doctor, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney familiar with brain injury. If comfortable making a call right now, we can be reached 7 days a week at (949) 640-8222.
Understanding Types of Brain Injuries
The severity of a TBI will depend upon two factors: the type and amount of force impacting the head and whether it is closed or penetrating injury.
We have served the courageous survivors of many kinds of traumatic brain injuries around Orange County and Southern California and have helped them win monetary compensation to offset their losses, including victims of:
A concussion is a closed head injury that occurs when an object impacts the head but does not harm the skull, often the result of a direct impact to the head, violent shaking or whiplash. During a concussion, blood vessels in the brain stretch, resulting in cranial nerve damage. The victim may also briefly lose consciousness, which could cause temporary or permanent damage.
A skull fracture is a break in the cranial bone caused by blunt force to the head with an object, hitting your head on the ground after falling or by a car accident. Symptoms of a skull fracture can range from mild to severe and include headaches, nausea, vomiting, bruising, swelling, severe pain and bleeding.
When the skull is pierced or fractured by an object and damages the underlying brain tissue, it is called a penetrating injury. A skull fracture transpires if the skull cracks or breaks. During a depressed skull fracture, the brain tissue is pressed upon and often results in a contusion or internal bleeding.
Contusions form a bruise or bleeding on the brain tissue. Often the result of a direct impact to the head, if the contusion is large enough, it may need to be surgically tended to.
A coup contrecoup injury occurs when the head is severely impacted, causing the brain to strike the opposite side of the skull. A contusion forms on the brain tissue at both points of contact.
Diffuse Axonal Injuries
These types of injuries are common in car accidents, wherein brain structures tear by rotational force. If the tearing is extensive enough, chemicals are released and can cause additional injuries such as widespread brain damage, coma, or even death.
Even mild brain injuries can have serious repercussions when gone untreated. This is why it’s critical to see a doctor immediately following the injury, as some symptoms won’t be recognizable to anyone but a medical professional.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Detecting a TBI as soon as possible is vital for the victim’s recovery. Some symptoms can take days – even weeks – before they become noticeable.
Knowing the symptoms of a TBI could save someone’s life. Take a look at the following list of mild to severe TBI symptoms.
Mild TBI symptoms
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Sensitivity to Light and Sound
- Loss of Consciousness
- Bad Taste in Mouth
- Ringing in the Ears
- Changes in Mood
- Blurred Vision
Severe-Moderate Brain Injury Symptoms
- Loss of Coordination
- Increased Confusion
- Constant Headaches
- Repeated Vomiting or Nausea
- Inability to Wake from Sleep
- Numbness of Arms or Legs
- Enlargement of Pupils
- Slurred Speech
If you or someone you know has any of the above symptoms after experiencing head trauma, seek medical attention immediately.
The Orange County brain injury lawyers at Hodes Milman Ikuta are available to answer any questions you might have about your injury, your rights, and the best course of action to take for you and your family. Set up a confidential, no-cost consultation by calling us at (949) 640-8222.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Did You Know: Almost half a million emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries are made each year for children aged 0 to 14 years old (CDC).
Any time the head or skull is impacted in an accident, a TBI can take place.
TBIs are often triggered by one of the following:
- Force to Head
- Object Hitting the Head
- Violent Movement of the Head (even if wearing a helmet)
Slips and falls are responsible for 28% of TBIs in the U.S., making them the leading cause of TBIs for children, and adults over the age of 75.
Car accidents are the second leading cause of TBIs, accounting for 20% of TBIs in the U.S. and mostly affecting people between the ages of 15 and 19.
Other common causes of brain injuries include:
- Colliding with Moving Objects (i.e. sports injuries)
- Non-Motorized Accidents (i.e. bicycles, tricycles, etc.)
- Attempted Suicide
- Physical Assaults
TBIs may also stem from child abuse, domestic violence and industrial accidents, and can happen in many situations that are a part of everyday life.
Surviving a Brain Injury
Once you’ve seen a local doctor, the healing process for a TBI may look different for everyone.
For some, healing will come with proper rest and by refraining from their usual physical activities. Most concussions and even mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI’s) will subside without treatment. In fact, according to Medical News Today, just 1% of patients who suffer from MTBI’s will need surgery. During recovery from a MTBI, get permission from your doctor before participating in certain activities, write things down if you experience memory loss and only take medications prescribed by your physician.
For others, hospitalization, rehabilitation or even surgery will be necessary to remove hematomas (abnormal collection of blood), repair skull fractures and relieve pressure on brain tissue.
Moderate to severe TBIs can affect day-to-day activities, such as walking, speaking and memory recollection. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, patients may need help learning to do certain things on their own again through rehabilitation, whether at home or in a physical therapy facility.
Improvements are possible, and for many suffering from the lifelong effects brain injuries, life will require adjustments. It’s difficult to put a price tag on the value of changes in muscle movement, behavior, speech or personality, yet these are often the long-term effects that victims of catastrophic brain injuries must adapt to.
Paying for Treatment
Advanced medical treatments and aides for healing are not always paid for by insurance, leaving a brain injury survivor without access to help that could significantly improve their quality of life. Filing a lawsuit and recovering a settlement or jury verdict will help to ensure the victim receives the care he or she needs.
Have you or someone you know suffered a TBI that could have been prevented? An experienced brain injury attorney can help you recover compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation and the best treatment available. Speak with the brain injury attorneys at Hodes Milman Ikuta today at (949) 640-8222. We’ve successfully taken on insurance companies, corporations and negligent people who have caused our clients harm and won monetary assistance and justice on their behalf.
Contact a Brain Injury Attorney
Life can be difficult following a traumatic brain injury, but getting in touch with a knowledgeable attorney does not have to be one of them. If you or someone you know has endured a traumatic brain injury, we want to help you move on with your life. Though a monetary settlement won’t reverse any pain or suffering you’ve gone through, compensation can assist with medical expenses and missed wages.
Contact the Orange County attorneys at Hodes Milman Ikuta today at (949) 640-8222. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to effectively assess your claim and help you understand the best plan for you and your family moving forward.
You didn’t choose to be a victim of brain injury, but now together we can help you and your family become a survivor of brain injury.
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