If you or someone you love was involved in a serious accident that resulted in traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be able to take legal action against the negligent party. Brain injuries require extensive medical treatment and often result in lifelong disabilities. The victim’s family members may also have to alter their lives in order to provide necessary care. All of this can be incredibly difficult—financially, physically, and emotionally—for both the victim and his or her loved ones.
At Torem & Associates, we have over three decades of legal experience. Our Fresno brain injury lawyers understand the extensive and far-reaching impact a TBI can have. We are prepared to help you navigate the legal system as we work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed for your damages.
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Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A “traumatic brain injury” refers to any head or brain injury caused by a blow to the head, sudden impact, or another outside force. TBIs are relatively common, with some reports estimating that there are about 1.7 million people affected by TBIs every year. While the extent of TBI symptoms and effects vary depending on the severity of the injury, it is important to always seek medical attention if you suffer a blow to the head or any other form of head or brain trauma.
There are several different types of traumatic brain injuries, including:
- Concussion: Typically considered milder than other types of TBIs, concussions are still serious and can have lasting effects. They are caused by a sudden blow to the head that causes the brain to move or “shake” within the skull. Those who suffer multiple concussions may be more susceptible to lifelong complications and the development of concussion-related syndromes.
- Coup-Contrecoup: This type of brain injury is caused by considerable impact to the head, which causes the brain to hit the side of the skull opposing the site of impact. This is usually a very serious brain injury, requiring immediate emergency medical attention. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are often caused by car accidents, severe falls, and other similar accidents.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: When a sudden impact causes the brain to move very violently within the skull, the brain stem cannot keep up with the movement of the brain. This results in tearing of brain connections, also known as a diffuse axonal brain injury. Tears can be microscopic or quite large in nature, leading to serious, lifelong injuries and/or death.
- Penetrating Injury: When a foreign object penetrates the skull, it typically leads to catastrophic and often irreversible brain injury. Penetrating injuries are often accompanied by a concussion, contusion, hemorrhaging, and other serious complications. Prompt emergency medical treatment is required.
This list represents just some of the serious TBIs a person may suffer in a catastrophic accident. There is a multitude of other types of mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries. It is important to note that, just because a brain injury is considered “mild,” this does not mean it is not serious. All brain and head injuries should be treated by a medical professional to rule out or diagnose further injury.
Why You Need an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney
Brain injury cases are not like other types of personal injury claims. Brain injuries typically require much more extensive medical treatment and, as such, many victims find themselves facing exorbitant medical bills. Additionally, brain injuries often prevent the victim from returning to or obtaining work—either temporarily or permanently. Many victims require lifelong, around-the-clock care. It is important that you speak to a personal injury attorney who understands the complexities of these types of cases.
Since 1983, Torem & Associates has been fighting for justice on behalf of catastrophically injured clients throughout California. Our brain injury lawyers in Fresno take the time to understand the full scope and scale of your loved one’s injuries. We work with a variety of experts to determine how an accident occurred, who is liable, and the full economic and non-economic impact of the resulting injuries.
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