Stockton Head Injury Lawyer
The brain is one of the most fascinating parts of the human body, and it is indisputable that without its proper functioning, the rest of the body cannot function. A person can injure their arm or leg, but something happens to a person when they experience a brain injury. They not only suffer the physiological effects of the injury, from migraines to dizziness, but many times, there are psychological and emotional effects from an accident.
Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
Whenever there has been an injury to the scalp, skull, or brain, it is considered a head injury. Head injuries are broken down into two different types: closed and open. If the injury did not break the skull open, then it is considered a closed injury. Open head injuries are when the skull has been penetrated.
Head injuries can lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI), which itself can be broken down into
- Mild TBI
- Moderate TBI
- Severe TBI
Concussions are a type of TBI, but so is being comatose, so TBI is an umbrella term that captures all the various injuries affecting the brain.
Next, it’s important to understand that with TBI, there are primary injuries, which are the injuries that occur at the moment of the accident, and secondary injuries, which are a result of the initial trauma. During an accident, when the brain smashes into one of the inner walls of the skull due to the forceful jolt forward and backward as a result of the crash, it can cause inflammation and bleeding. That is considered the primary injury, or the injury that occurred at the moment of the crash. Because the brain cannot function the way it normally does when injured, it can lead to other issues not only in the head but throughout the body. Those issues that arise afterward out of the body’s response to the primary injury are secondary injuries.
So as you can see, because the brain is an essential part of supplying blood flow and messages to the rest of the body, any damage to it could completely change a person’s life forever. Some people are able to recover, while others do not. At Brown & Gessell, we represent clients who have suffered mild to severe TBI due to accidents.
Common Causes Of Brain Injury
Falls are some of the most common forms of traumatic brain injury, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, they account for 48% of TBI-related visits to the emergency room. They also have reported that children and the elderly are disproportionately affected by falls. For the elderly, this could be due to losing their balance as their senses become weakened with age and they do not have proper assistance to keep them safe. Children can be especially prone to falls, and the CDC reports that about half of the ER visits for children under 18 are due to falls.
Car crashes or other motor vehicle-related collisions are another common cause of TBI.
The brain is responsible for so many different physiological and psychological functions. The brain makes memories of hugs from our loved ones, makes sense of visual information, strategizes, problem solves, and processes empathy for others. When the brain is damaged, a person can completely change due to the trauma from a car accident.
Other causes of TBI include injuries sustained from participation in athletic activities and violence. Sports, such as soccer or football, can be dangerous for players. Victims of assault and battery, domestic violence, and abuse can also suffer from TBI. Negligent caregivers can cause TBI in infants by shaking violently.
How Can A Head Injury Impact Someone’s Life
Physical effects include humiliating losses of bodily function, such as the inability to control one’s bladder or bowels or swallow. Victims may also develop balance and coordination issues. Some experience migraines, ataxia, paralysis or weakness that affects one side of the body, or epilepsy for the rest of their lives.
Then there’s the undeniable impact that TBI has on a family. The stress of the injury impacts caregivers, the victim, and anyone who is dependent on the victim or the caregivers. This is why Brown & Gessell fight for you with compassion and understanding.
As noted earlier, a victim with TBI not only experiences primary injuries but secondary injuries, too. These secondary injuries can result from reduced blood flow to the brain or reduced oxygen, for example. These secondary injuries, such as high or low blood pressure and changes in biochemical levels, can affect a person’s well-being and ability to get back to normal functioning. The additional pain and suffering caused by these secondary injuries make life difficult for victims.
Fortunately, in some cases, rehabilitation leads to a successful return to normal functioning and independence. However, in some cases of severe TBI, the victim will never be able to recover from their injuries.
Why Would Someone Need An Attorney For A Brain Injury
It may be obvious by now that TBI, whether it is mild or severe, has a very long prognosis. The victim will require professional medical help from a team of doctors that could consist of a neurologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and even psychiatric assistance if the TBI created a need for psychiatric care.
All of these costs add up. Meanwhile, you probably are trying to deal with the insurance company and the hospital’s billing department while also trying to emotionally come to terms with the accident. At Brown & Gessell, we fight for you and prepare your case so that you can focus on healing. We talk to the insurance companies for you. We have been in practice representing head injury victims in Stockton and have won hundreds of thousands of dollars for our head injury victims. When you need a California head injury lawyer, call Brown & Gessell.