Being involved in an accident can be a traumatic experience regardless of sustaining an injury. An accident can leave you mentally shaken up and cost a lot of money in fixing any damaged property. What happens when an accident leads to injury? There’s lost wages from missed work and medical expenses to consider. But what happens when you or a loved one you know gets into an accident and suffers a brain injury?
Regardless of the nature of a brain or head injury, you should seek out medical attention immediately, even if you do not show any immediate signs or symptoms of injury. Unlike many other types of injuries that tend to show the onset of symptoms rather quickly, head and brain injuries can have an extended delay in their appearance. Make sure to see a medical professional if you have suffered any sort of head or brain injury. Once you are in the process of recovery, you should contact a Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorney to see if you have a case for a personal injury claim.
Brain Injuries From Accidents in Los Angeles
There are two different types of brain injuries to consider, but each of them can be substantially debilitating. The first one, commonly called a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), is generally suffered through external physical trauma. The general definition of TBI is any head injury suffered through accidents or assault or any injury that damages the brain. Traumatic brain injuries range from severity from minor (like a bump on the head) to severe (like a concussion or a coma).
The most common ways to suffer this sort of injury are through vehicular accidents or through head trauma from a loss of balance. Typically, TBI is suffered in the following ways:
Although less common, traumatic brain injuries can also be suffered through electrical accidents such as electric shocks or even lightning strikes.
After a major accident due to someone’s negligence or taking a tumble from a slippery sidewalk, you might not be aware that you are have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, due to their aforementioned tendency of the symptoms being long-delayed. Here is a list of symptoms to be on the lookout for after an accident as they are indicative that you might have suffered a TBI:
- Blurred vision
- Sleep issues
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance issues
- Memory loss
- Mood changes
- Loss of consciousness
Brain Injuries From Defective Products In Los Angeles
The other type of brain injury is the Non-Traumatic Brain Injury (NTBI). This type of injury generally occurs from internal medical issues such as strokes, tumors, certain viral infections, or issues of the vascular system. However, especially notable for personal injury suits, these types of brain injuries occur as the result of toxic or defective products.
Proving Liability In A Brain Injury Case in Los Angeles
If you have suffered a TBI from the result of a motor vehicle accident, there are few days to prove negligence of the driver that caused the accident. Common ways to prove negligence include:
- Distracted Driving – driver was on the cell phone, reading, changing the radio station, etc
- Breaking Traffic Law – running red lights, speeding, etc
- Not Controlling The Vehicle – swerving in an out of lanes, stopping over the line at an intersection, etc
- Safety Equipment Failure – driver failed to signal, failed to use breaks, failed to fix broken headlights, taillights etc.
If you have suffered a TBI from a slip and fall accident there are few things that need to be considered. First, we must prove that the property owner/manager knew of the dangerous conditions and then we must prove that you took every measure possible to avoid slipping and falling (including establishing the fact you are not clumsy).
If you have suffered from a NTBI from a faulty product, then there are a few ways to prove liability. First, our Los Angeles brain injury lawyers will determine where the negligence occurred: manufacturing, installation or maintenance of the product. Once determined, then it is possible to decide is liable.
For example, a defective electric fireplace that leaks carbon monoxide poisoning is a great example to illustrate how to determine liability in a defective product case. The manufacturer might be liable for a bad design or liable for bad production. The installer of the furnace might be liable for not installing the ventilation system correctly. And if you are a renter, the owner of the building might be liable for poor maintenance of the electric fireplace.
Reason To File A Brain Injury Claim in Los Angeles
If you’ve been involved in an accident or injured from a defective product, most injuries to the body will heal over time with proper medical attention. However, brain injuries can run the risk of leaving a person disabled, impacting their ability to work and possibly inhibiting it all together.
The loss of wages subsequently impacts their quality of life, and combined with long-lasting symptoms from the injury itself could leave the victim and their loved ones in a particularly vulnerable state. This is why it is imperative to seek out medical care as soon as possible for all potential head and brain injuries.
Contact A Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorney
We at Los Angeles PI Law understand the severity of such injuries and their potentially long-lasting impacts on your life. That is why we are committed to pursuing the highest degree of compensation for your undue head or brain injury as a result of negligence or recklessness.
We will help you seek compensation for:
- medical expenses from suffering the initial injury
- ongoing medical expenses as a result of the injury
- lost wages from missing work
- future lost wages from being unable to work or disability
- compensation for mental pain and suffering
- property loss from a result of an accident
- loss of enjoyment and loss of consortium damages
Our team of attorneys experienced in brain injury liability laws in Los Angeles will be glad to go over the details of your case. Don’t leave your health in the hands of just any personal injury firm. Contact us now by filling out the form or feel free to call us at 310-907-8682!